VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
The Best of the Free Agents this Summer

The Best of the Free Agents this Summer

The transfer window is now officially open for the 2017-18 season and there are plenty of players who are currently without a club going into the new campaign. All Premier League clubs have submitted their release lists and there are some experienced free agent players who could be up for grabs in the market. Here are some of the best and where we see their careers going... Willy Caballero The Argentine became a bit of a fan-favourite at Manchester City …

Can You Name The Football Ground Quiz?

Over the last 25 years football stadium's in England have gone through a major transformation. The old iconic stadiums have slowly been replaced by state of the art architecture with plenty of focus on the hospitality packages for the corporate side of the game. However there are still some amazing old grounds around the country that make the FA Cup and League Cup games fun to watch and attend as they bring their own kind of atmosphere! So how good …
Player Remuneration & Fan Exploitation

Player Remuneration & Fan Exploitation

Gareth Bale’s £85 million move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 saw him earn £300,000 per week on a six-year contract, doubling the yearly salary of UK Prime Minister David Cameron in just one week of work. With thousands of consumers struggling to cope with rising ticket prices, there is an imbalance between player remuneration and the cost of going to watch your team play. Football doesn’t have an income problem, it has a spending …
Arsenal v Reading Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Arsenal v Reading Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

FA Cup action resumes on Saturday with an in-form and belligerent Arsenal facing a troubled Reading side on Saturday. While Arsenal have blown aside teams with ease over the last few weeks, Reading are having a torrid time and currently sit in the 18th spot a mere 3 points away from the drop zone. Defending champions Arsenal will be looking to make their 19th Final in the competition and subsequently break ahead of Manchester United in terms of FA Cup …
Football Fans and the Chip On Their Shoulder

Football Fans and the Chip On Their Shoulder

In wake of recent reports that West Ham are considering not extending Sam Allardyce’s contract beyond the summer, I began to think about the fickle nature of the football fan. Fans of football teams generally have high expectations for their clubs, but it is becoming apparent that some have extreme delusions of grandeur. I am using West Ham as an example for now as it contextually relevant, but it is clear they are not the only culprits. So I bought …
EPL Manager Index Week 4 | Villas Boas, Moyes & Laudrup impress

EPL Manager Index Week 4 | Villas Boas, Moyes & Laudrup impress

Whilst a lot of the media discussion from Week 4 of the Premier League has revolved around boring games, the low level of goals scored so far, and even the amount of time that the ball is actually in play, it's actually been a very busy weekend for the Manager Impact Index with Villas Boas, David Moyes and Michael Laudrup being the stand out performers this week. A total of 239 points were earned by the EPL managers this week, …
The England Debate: Part One | Fixing Grassroots Football

The England Debate: Part One | Fixing Grassroots Football

If you have paid any attention to the recently widespread discussion regarding the future of the England national team, you will understand that the outlook looks fairly bleak unless everybody involved within football in this country joins together to help implement big changes. The Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke gave a speech last week, detailing how drastic steps need to be taken in order to improve England’s nurturing of young talent and has set the huge target of reaching …
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