It’s been discussed and debated long and hard but, with a seemingly positive reaction to recent trials, the introduction of a video referee to more high profile games appears almost inevitable.
After FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) agreed on the requirements of the video assistant referee (VAR), the first trial games took place in August in a match between New York Red Bulls II and Orlando City B in the third division of the United Soccer League.
The VAR experiment is based on four categories; confirmation of goals, confirmation of penalties, red card incidents and mistaken identity.
The VAR roadshow moved to Europe in September with the friendly international meeting between Italy and France in Bari.
The Premier League is well underway and the clubs are already beginning to show what theyâ€™re made of. With the Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho rivalry continuing over the Manchester Derby, with Manchester City coming out on top, to Leicester battling as the reigning champions, thereâ€™s a lot of speculation about whether Leicester will be able to win the League once again this season. Weâ€™re taking a look at the chances of history repeating itself this season, and whether another team will become the champions.
The Leicester team hasnâ€™t changed too much in terms of signings and sales, however there is one big player that the squad will miss dramatically, and that is Nâ€™Golo Kante. Kante has now signed for Chelsea, and was a key player in the Leicester midfield
Football fans were well and truly spoilt this summer with the European Championships - the 24-team tournament eventually and surprisingly won by Portugal and watched by a global TV audience of millions. Fortunately, the international football calendar sees little downtime and the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup is well underway.
In actual fact, qualifying started some time ago - although European nations only entered the action during the first week of September, around the globe the competition is in full swing. The qualifying campaign includes 209 teams incorporated in six different confederations and playing a grand total of 851 matches for the honour of becoming one of the 32 nations who will compete at the finals in 2018. Of course, hosts Russia have a guaranteed
History was made on the 2nd May 2016 when the unlikely underdogs Leicester officially became only the sixth team to win the Barclays Premier League.
Whatâ€™s more is that they won the league without kicking a ball as they watched Tottenhamâ€™s 2-2 draw with Chelsea from the comfort of Jamie Vardyâ€™s living room essentially making it mathematically impossible for them to be caught. After barely surviving the previous season, Leicester started the season as 5000-1 outsiders for the title; here we take a closer look at the figures within the team who made this triumph possible.
The appointment of the then 63 year old Italian was initially met with scepticism mainly due to his only previous Premier League experience was getting sacked by Chelsea
Updated 13th September 2016 at 11:45 AM by 11v11
The jargon of bingo and football is, of course, very different, nevertheless, there are some considerable similarities.
Both games are stupendously popular and just about everybody knows their most popular phrases. Whether it's playing a friendly game with your friends or playing for money both football and bingo are hugely popular worldwide, so much so they have developed their own etiquette and rules, variety of different tournaments as well as their own language and phrases. Now there may not be a great deal of similarities in their jargon here is handy guide of all the best phrases.
Many bingo terms have become so well known that they have managed to work themselves firmly into our colloquial language. Many use historical references and even
Updated 13th September 2016 at 08:58 AM by 11v11
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has continued his stunning form in 2016 to take the early advantage in staking a claim to the title of the Premier League’s top scorer in 2016-17.
With a fourth minute penalty against Sunderland on the opening day, the former Atletico Madrid striker extended his league return in the calendar year to 18 goals in 19 games.
Of course, the title currently rests on the young shoulders of Harry Kane who will be hoping to revive the form that deserted him during England’s summer Euro campaign in France. The Tottenham Hotspur marksman netted 25 times last season; one ahead of Aguero and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
The latter played a crucial role in the Foxes’ sensational title-winning campaign and he’ll be determined to prove
With the arrival of world-class managers and eye-watering sums available for investment in the transfer market, the competition for the Premier League title is widely acknowledged to be more open than ever before.
The majority of pundits have agreed that at least seven of the 20 contenders have genuine claims but where the golden ball will land when the richest roulette wheel in football comes to a rest is probably more difficult to deduce as the season kicks-off than it has ever been before.
Manchester City’s intentions are clear with the recruitment of arguably the best manager in the game in the shape of Pep Guardiola. Anything less than a third Premier League crown being housed in the Etihad boardroom next May will be regarded as failure.
Mourinho will be Manchester Utd's manager for the upcoming season and a lot is expected from him. We look at the odds offered on various Mourinho-related markets.
Modern football is all about making the right transfers at the right time. The success in each season for most teams depends on whether they manage to pinpoint the players they need and acquire them. And it is not always about the amount of money that a club is willing to spend. Just look at Leicester, their squad that won the title last season cost only GBP31 million, or ten times less than Manchester United's squad that didn't even manage to qualify for the Champions League.
The transfers can be a bit of a gamble nowadays. Just like when you're playing your favourite game at an online casino. A small
Updated 18th September 2016 at 09:48 PM by 11v11
The 2016/17 Premier League season is set to kick off on the 13th August and with 7 new managers in place plus an 8th pending it is set to be an explosive year. All the clubs are currently recruiting new players to strengthen their squads as well as clearing out players they feel can’t contribute any more. When considering the best ways to bet on football you might want to consider which of the top clubs have been the busiest, but more importantly spent their money wisely in order to make them more likely for league success.
The Gunners are currently experiencing a 12 year drought without the Premier League title and finished second place behind unlikely winners Leicester by 10 points. Arsenal fans have been crying out for a top class striker over the past few seasons.
Updated 5th August 2016 at 10:01 AM by 11v11
By Dan Smith
Since England first entered the Euros in 1968, their relationship with the tournament has been closely associated with disaster culminating in possibly the greatest disappointment in English football history, losing to Iceland, a nation with a population 190 times smaller than ours.
During the Iceland match, the England players were poor and there did not appear to be a set gameplan. But as yet another pass was misplaced and another Harry Kane free kick blazed over the bar, was it really a surprise? It was not the first time that England had failed to live up to, sometimes even lowly, expectations.
Ever since the Three Lions first entered the European Championships in 1968 as favourites, after winning the World Cup only two years before,
Updated 30th June 2016 at 08:38 AM by Veritas