Category Archives: Football governance

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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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…)
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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…
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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…)
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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.”…
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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…)
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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…
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