Category Archives: Football governance

Surprise, the UEFA Nations League is actually a success

When UEFA announced the creation of the Nations League, many football fans were up in arms and convinced it was going to be a monumental failure. These misgivings were baseless in as far as anything to make international friendlies meaningful is a step in the right direction, especially with the added chance for teams to qualify for Euro 2020 by winning their league. With FIFA and UEFA having been rocked by scandals over the last few years, they desperately needed…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

How worried should we be about the recent Danish football crisis?

After Denmark were predictably beaten 3-0 in a recent international friendly against Slovakia, it became apparent that the problems facing the international team were much bigger than first feared. For many, the match represented the kind of match which you play on your games console, whereby your friend picks Real Madrid whilst you opt to play as whoever is at the bottom of the football league pyramid at the time. Denmark included an internet star, a student and a number…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

VAR: the new referee in World Cup group matches

With the end of the group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is possible to make an initial summary of the utilisation of the video assistant referee (VAR) in Russia. Although the new technology allows the correction of some errors, it also brought some new controversies. In this article, the most important uses of the VAR during the first two weeks of the competition are highlighted and we suggest how the competition would have progressed without VAR. (more…)
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Why do Toon fans despise Mike Ashley?

When Mike Ashley announced he had put the club up for sale back in October 2017, the Toon Army rejoiced. After a decade at the club, Ashley is arguably the most despised owner in the Premier League. So what is that makes the Sports Direct tycoon so hated? Here are just four of the many reasons why Toon fans can’t stand Ashley… The Kevin Keegan saga Newcastle’s local newspaper rightly says that Kevin Keegan is a Toon legend. After helping…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Sports betting moguls: are Premier League football club owners in an offside position?

The world was running on high stakes in 2014. Among the main headlines, such as “Russia Annexes Crimea” and “Ebola Strikes West Africa”, a governmental clampdown on the gambling sector in the UK was sending a ripple of discontent through the ranks of the top eight tiers of the football English league. (more…)
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

FIFA video assistant referees and the FIFA Confederations Cup

After trials at U-20 level, elements of FIFA’s Play Fair! Initiative are now making a big splash at senior international level in the FIFA Confederations Cup, in particular with the use of 'Video Assistant Referees' (VARs) which represent just one of the major changes to the game’s rules being debated and tested. The IFAB and FIFA formally launching the new play fair! Initiative last Thursday as part of “a strategy focussing on improving fairness and the image of the game.”…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

The return of the terraces – AKA safe standing section?

Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion are the latest clubs to explore the possibility of installing a so-called safe standing area at their grounds begging the question as to whether, 27 years after Hillsborough, the call for a return to terraces in English stadiums is becoming too loud to be ignored. (more…)
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Five divisions of 20 – Football League restructure proposal resurfaces

The Football League has released proposals that could see the domestic professional league system re-organised into five divisions of 20 teams from the start of the 2019-20 season. As if to prove there’s nothing new in the game, the same proposal was put forward back in the sixties and, half a century later, could the 100-club structure suffer the same fate? The 21st century version carries the title of a ‘Whole Game Solution’. It was in 1959 that Football League…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

The FIFA presidential candidates

The five candidates vying for the votes of the 209 national football associations in the contest due to take place on February 26 in Zurich are surely the most impressively named candidates for any election ever: Gianni Infantino, Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale. On this page we briefly evaluate their campaigns, chances of success and public pledges of support. A candidate needs a two third majority of voters to win in…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Championship clubs suffering increasing debt threat

Whilst Premier League sides continue to thrive by pulling in huge amounts of revenue each and every season thanks to ticket sales, lucrative television deals and merchandising, things aren’t quite as rosy in the finance departments of many teams in the lower tiers of English football. Accumulated debt in the Championship reached a staggering £1.1 billion last season, nearly double the amount England’s second division currently generates in revenue, so what gives? Despite pulling in £646.4 million in revenue this…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More