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Love football first and foremost although I keep one eye on most ball sports. Watching live rather than TV is my preference and away games are always more fun even when you lose.

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I’m struggling to remember if there were two teams out there tonight? I was slightly amused in the second half when the players (especially Raso) became obsessed with the near post and totally forgot the cut back or square pass across the box which would have made the score an even truer reflection on proceedings.

Perfect 10: Matildas seal ticket to Paris Olympics with Uzbekistan annihilation as Heyman strikes awesome foursome

Definitely a time not to be “counting chickens” or making any assumptions about quality of opposition. USA are re-building now although new US coach Emma Hayes will only just be finding her feet. Likewise, since the WWC last year the Canadians appear to have re-grouped and are in much better shape than 12 months ago. We saw some excellent performances from Colombia and there is always one surprise package at a tournament. Hopefully the spotlight will be away from SK and perhaps on the team as a whole which should be a positive. There were 3 or 4 players last year who appeared to come out of their shell and they thrived when SK was out injured and wasn’t dominating the skyline and hopefully that trend will continue. I just hope the mindset throughout the squad has the right focus and takes nothing for granted. It will be a tough test.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

I agree that 12 is too young to be making those sort of decisions but it goes on all the time here in NSW. The real issue is the set up of clubs and the fact that they are trying to recruit players into their “academies” from a very young age. I’d also argue contrary to FFA’s gurus in that we have way too many clubs cherry picking the best players and building hopes and dreams and fleecing parents out of thousands of dollars all designed to support what is a highly flawed system. There are not enough quality and qualified coaches and all too often clubs use out of date and flawed methods for selecting and then training and I suppose it then follows that they use other practices which have been discredited for many years.

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

At least the police treat everyone the same but it can be quite funny coming out afterwards when they allow everyone to mingle after segregating as much as possible. However, it is much safer these days unlike when I lived there.

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

LH – if you go by public transport, be prepared for a bit of a hike. although you can almost touch the stadium from Stratford, for reasons best known to the police and stewards, they send you around the houses before actually arriving – presumably to get spectators fitness levels up! Oh – and although it is an all seater stadium, don’t be surprised to find yourself standing up as many sections of the ground do. It is an ongoing issue in the UK, not just at West Ham either.

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

Tim, it just takes more thought and more effort and all too often recruitment is a bit on the lazy side. If you consider the process as a type of funnel, you drop as much through the top as you can and there’re are filters that prevent everything from dropping out of the bottom. Size is definitely one of the early filters used by many. Around the age of 12 there are so many shapes and sizes to contend with and a lot of clubs don’t employ anyone to look at potential. They appear to work off a checklist and spend their time box ticking. as a result, they miss out I suppose.

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

BT- In numerous meetings I have attended with referees groups they always insist that “squaring the ledger” never comes into the equation. However, what I see and quite a few others too, the policy is alive and well!

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

And Chapman was trying to show the referee where he had been hit…he appeared to have fooled the commentators who went very quiet on replay that appeared to show nothing happened except Chapman committed the first foul in the melee!

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

Sammy Lee of Liverpool in the early 80’s was a very good player. We used to sing “he’s fat, he’s round, he’s 4 feet off the ground Sammy Lee, Sammy Lee” but he played in a very successful side and wasn’t making up the numbers.

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

Sydney FC striker Patrick Wood’s miss against CCM was equally as bad, if not worse, he didn’t even have to chase down the ball or dribble with it!

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

It does seem as though the “raison d’être” has been forgotten in the excitement of bringing technology to the game. “Clear and obvious” is nowhere to be found most of the time as was very much the case in the MV vs CCM game. Changing from a yellow to a red after seeing different angles, slow mo and seeing it repeated 50 times in a short space of time is surely not what the technology was designed for? Scoring a goal from a “through ball” where the receiver was offside but not picked up due to the speed of transition goes into the clear and obvious error. There were cries of handball against CCM late in the game as the television showed replays of what might have been and naturally we then heard the crowd chanting anti referee stuff and the camera panned around to view some fairly young children uttering profanities aimed at the referee as well. All totally unnecessary imo. On that occasion, it was not clear and obvious although nobody would have been surprised had VAr stepped in, reviewed and deemed otherwise as advised by the commentators at the game;
I’ve been an early embrace of a lot of technology and never thought of myself as a Luddite but I firmly believe that this technology is a blight on the game. I enjoyed the MV Mariners tussle but to see 3 red cards is hard to fathom; it just wasn’t that sort of game. Still, one positive was that we didn’t constantly hear the TV commentators practising their Spanish pronunciation as they emphasise “FORN – A – RO-LI.

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

There’s a world of difference between scoring for fun in the A League and finding the back of the net on the world stage as JM found out. for me he just didn’t look right or comfortable playing up top for the Socceroos. Whether AT can fill the void and look the part I don’t know but he must be worth some kind of risk surely?

Adam Taggart will win the A-League Golden Boot - and he should be leading the Socceroo front line

Sometimes you have to wonder where IFAB and any rule makers get their ideas from and whether they have thought through the consequences of the decisions they have made – usually unintended consequences I should add.
Blue cards in essence aren’t that bad but if there are any grey areas in the application, things will go awry pretty quickly.
We have been experimenting with blue cards for sometime in local competitions, particularly summer 6 or 7 a side but also in grassroots senior football. The card has been used to deal with dissent and players getting in the face of a referee; nothing else. a foul is a foul and it either warrants a yellow card or a red one depending on how dangerous and reckless it was.
A player shows dissent that the referee finds intolerable, or a player gets in the face of a referee, off goes the player to “chill out” for 10 minutes or 5 in summer football. If there is an assistant referee, that person is the timekeeper; if not, it is a bit painful but can be administered by the ground official who should be on the sideline anyway.
when you keep it clean and crystal clear it works. Naturally you get variations from official to official just as you do for all decisions but it is purely to deal with dissent and respect for match officials and it can be seen working. when a player is “sin binned” the rest of the team tend to “toe the line” and they get on with the game rather than argue every decision. I’m not for a minute suggesting it would work at higher levels but it is pretty effective at grassroots level.

Shove your blue cards where the sun doesn't shine, football - the game is already over-officiated

I confess to laughing at his rant, simply because I was surprised that it is really his first big one since taking the reins at WSW. Whether his outbursts are any better or worse than we got used to hearing from Muscat or Corica for that matter or perhaps in the EPL from messrs Wenger, Ferguson, Mourinho or even Moyes is debatable.
It’s all a part of the act, or the show as that is often what it is.
Read it, laugh and move on to some aspect of the game that is a lot more interesting – eg how CCM turned around their early season form and big loss to Adelaide to giving the Red team a bigger drubbing still.

Wanderers play victims again as Rudan launches childish, Trump-like conspiracy theories

Lots of people apparently…..once upon a time referred to as “the great unwashed”. Mitch Duke was the first to put his hand up and say he felt he let down the country with his poor marksmanship but saying he should be dead…really? But then we have to remember Escobar who was held to be responsible for Colombia’s misfortune in the USA World Cup…terrible really.

Are we a mature enough football nation to honestly discuss the Socceroos?

Being knocked out of a tournament when many believe the team should progress usually sees some wailing and gnashing of teeth; calls for change etc etc. Is there anywhere in the world where it doesn’t happen? I don’t have any strong feelings either way. I’d prefer to see someone coaching that plays or encourages a more expansive type of game but maybe the players aren’t capable. We often talk about our sports teams punching above their weight but sometimes we have to look and accept just where we are on the world stage and how we compare to other countries and also note that we see constant change and improvement in the game often from teams/countries that we don’t necessarily recognise as being good or strong footballing nations.

Are we a mature enough football nation to honestly discuss the Socceroos?

Add to lack of skill, the lack of a killer instinct in front of goal. The chances were butchered. SK goalkeeper made a few excellent saves but Mitch duke(the main culprit) should have been celebrating a hat trick….always a reminder why the top strikers get paid so much money.

'Devastating', 'painful', 'punished': Socceroos OUT of Asian Cup after Miller's moments of madness

Like I said….i have held that view for quite some years although there are a fair few Scottish dialects that you probably wouldn’t understand 😂 but Players have had some success there alongside the great Ange who used it as a leg up to something more lucrative!

It hasn't quite been a winter wonderland for Louis D'Arrigo in Gdansk

A few years ago I would have had Scotland on that list but players have been thriving there in recent seasons and if not thriving – at least doing reasonably well and being noticed back here.

It hasn't quite been a winter wonderland for Louis D'Arrigo in Gdansk

AA -I presume you wrote the article prior to the MV vs SFC clash last weekend which saw an eye catching performance for 90 minutes by Jordan Courtney-Perkins including the goal that put the visitors ahead.
That aside, the whole subject of where players should go to and what advice they receive when deciding to go overseas is a fascinating subject and fraught with danger. There are far too many players that are ill-advised, or poorly managed or have someone in the process who doesn’t look beyond the dollars and cents being offered. You would know this to a far greater extent than most of us but some of us do look on and grimace when we see where players are going and sit wondering just what has been taken into consideration as they put pen to paper. If only there was more attention paid to the overall well-being of a player and finding clubs that suit playing style, personality, type of training and what I prefer to call the pastoral care of a player – maybe the world of football would not be quite such a cattle market.

It hasn't quite been a winter wonderland for Louis D'Arrigo in Gdansk

Definitely one of the best overseas players to appear in the A League and he has given fans so much pleasure and pain depending upon who you support. I wish he had finished his career at SFC though rather than go through what has happened as it does remove some of the shine and the player deserves to be remembered in a positive light for what has been an outstanding contribution to the competition.

A-League great Ninkovic chokes back tears as he reveals retirement date: 'a player who gave everything every time'

Kris Griffith jones is the name I see come up most frequently as VAR operator and imo he didn’t get many controversial decisions right on the pitch so at east he’s being consistent now he’s in the box.

Would A-Leagues fans rather talk about VAR, or the football on the pitch?

LH – one of the biggest plusses for watching women’s football was the lack of diving, feigning injury, shirt pulling and other similar nasty things that we’ve grown accustomed to in the men’s game. Sadly, I no longer believe that to be the case. I saw a lot more cynical stuff in the WWC and this season in the WSL there is some awful stuff each week. The stakes have got higher, clubs have paid for more talented players around the world and there is now a group of teams attempting to win the WSL and compete in Europe so perhaps it isn’t all that surprising. I haven’t watched any of our domestic competition so can’t cast an opinion on that.

Would A-Leagues fans rather talk about VAR, or the football on the pitch?

But there is an assumption that VAR gets it right or that if the referee is called over to review then a decision will be overturned. If I’d have been refereeing either game with the silly send offs – I would have told VAR operators exactly where to go – and possibly worn the consequences!

Would A-Leagues fans rather talk about VAR, or the football on the pitch?

“I’m ok with that”. Jordan – me too but then I’ll accept free kicks and offsides awarded in error with the knowledge of how difficult it is. however, many fans don’t accept the referee’s decision easily and the media castigate referees and assistants for the slightest error and that is usually based on the media personnel seeing the incident 10 or more times and slowed down. Right now it would make more sense for VAR operators to officiate and just call decisions on the stadium PA system.

Would A-Leagues fans rather talk about VAR, or the football on the pitch?

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