Category Archives: Football governance

Will the MLS merge with Liga MX?

Despite commonly held misconceptions, soccer is a popular sport in the United States. Over 24 million people regularly play the beautiful game, and 15% of whom are registered players. In 2018, the analytics company Gallup reported that soccer was the fourth most-watched team sport in the country, behind American football, baseball, and basketball. Its top-flight league, known as Major League Soccer (MLS) is the fastest growing professional soccer league in the world. Its creation came about as the US held…
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Which major leagues are still to be decided?

The German Bundesliga was the first major football league to restart following the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted the world and sport since mid-March. Germany have been successful in bringing football back in the top two divisions since the middle of May with no disasters so far. It has proven to be particularly good for Bayern Munich as they have extended their lead over Borussia Dortmund to seven points with a 1-0 win at Signal Iduna Park. Hansi Flick’s side…
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Could the corona virus precipitate the adoption of a summer season?

With the decision that senior football will be closed down until at least 3rd April following the outbreak of coronavirus, the game’s authorities will face the enormous challenge of restoring normal service whenever on-field activities resume. Top of the list is the conundrum of what becomes of the 2019-20 season? Should it be declared null and void, be considered as finishing when play was halted on 13 March or must the remaining games be played, come what may? Whichever view…
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How technology is changing the face of football

Mistakenly allowed goals have become a thing of the past thanks to goal line technology Long gone are the days of kicking a fraying leather ball around a muddy pitch in a woolen vest and shorts. Technology has moved on vastly since the early days of the beautiful game, bringing with it some serious advances to the game play. Whether it’s the hotly debated Goal Line Technology, the invention of fake turf or ideas as sophisticated as EPTS, it cannot…
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Gary Charles and his new life helping addicts

He went down in history as a solid England defender and player for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and West Ham. But it’s unknown to many that Gary Charles, who has now been sober for 12 years, uses his experience to help those who are battling with addiction. Although his own struggles played out publicly at the height of his career, part of his recovery journey and his mission to help others comes with the work he does…
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What does it take to become a great football coach?

Football fans often indulge themselves in to never ending debates like who is the best player of the world, which is the best team, which is the best football club, who is the best coach etc. They enjoy discussing different aspects of the game. One of the most important persons who is responsible for the success or failure of a football team is its coach. In this article, we are going to discuss about the importance of a football coach…
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More players seeking help for mental health issues

Over the last few years, mental health has become a focus in the UK and other countries. The feeling that a stigma still exists is being cited as the reason why some high-profile celebrities took their own lives and it seems to be an area that still needs work as men, in particular, seem too ashamed to seek help. BonusBets.com reports on new findings from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) which shows an increase in players asking for mental health…
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The rise of super human footballers

Modern-day football has changed rapidly since the start of this century, with developments in sports science making the game a very different place than was previously the case. There are four main strands to sports science - physiology, psychology, motor control/learning and biomechanics – with each playing an important part in enhancing player performance. First utilised by the former Eastern Bloc nations back in the 1950s, there was a big boom in the study of sports towards the end of…
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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…
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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…
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