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Played occasionally in Sydney & Wagga, and was a rubbish player. Became involved in coaching when my 8yo son decided to move from RU to soccer. I was not a brilliant coach, but much better than I was as a player. Progressed to junior rep and then senior team coaching, with mixed results. My favourite football personality is the late Brian Clough \"People who talk tactics and formations usually can\'t win a game of dominoes at the local park.\"!

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Be careful of what you wish for Andy. What would it do for SA football if AU were relegated? Coopers Stadium would be a ghost stadium.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

I have reported this comment as inappropriate, and potentially libellous. I encourage other posters who disagree with AA’s comments to do the same.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Dominic, your headline “The kids are alright” begs the question “alright for what”? EFL tier 3 or 4? The demise of our top players turning out for EPL (or any other European/South American top level) first teams should be ringing alarm bells.

Quite simply, our “kids” are not alright. They occasionally turn up at overseas top level outfits, only to be rejected, or if they are fortunate, loaned out to tier 3, 4 or even lower rated clubs. How is that alright?

My experience of coaching young Australian players at a high level goes back some 20-30 years ago, and the conduct of “elite” level coaches was deplorable, with self-serving individuals convincing sycophant parents to spend more and more to assist their offspring reach the pinnacle of football. What a farce! These coaches had more certificates than Pep or Jose, similar to driver licences eh? And some of them progressed to highly paid positions with FFA or state associations.

A reliable pyramid relies on solid foundations. The ones presented to us contain a surplus of rusted reinforcing material. The end result is one of questionable quality.

This reminds me of an incident in Melbourne involving two football greats, Ferenc Puskas of Hungary, and Denis Law of Scotland. Puskas was conducting a coaching clinic with some teenagers who, because of ignorance, were giving Puskas a hard time. Law was passing by, picked up what was happening, and lambasted the teenagers with the details of some of the achievements of the legendary Puskas. Now, this should have been unnecessary, as the local organizers should have presented this information to said teenagers before the clinic.

Observation suggests to me that little has changed. Love to be proved wrong, but I am unable to identify any signs.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

jupiter, you have highlighted one of the major differences between viewing a match on TV as opposed to viewing that same match live at the stadium. The human eye is able to view far much more than even the most advanced video camera lens. And expecting a commentator to describe what players off the screen are up to is wishful thinking. Even the best commentators would likely fail your demands.

The commentator describes, or attempts to, what the screen is showing. To ask him/her to comment on what is not visible on the screen is a tough call, and most unlikely to gain any plaudits from viewers.

My ideal TV coverage would consist of crowd audio and absence of commentator input. Not going to happen. That is why I much prefer to view matches at the ground, with a reasonably high vantage point looking down at the half way line. And without any “friends” or “experts” or “smart arses” to distract me. Was hoping to be in UK around now, on what would likely be my last visit. Thanks COVID 19 !!

Mark Bosnich: Expert or ego?

Brenton Speed, a jack of all trades, master of none!

Mark Bosnich: Expert or ego?

Many many years ago, an ex Feyenoord goalkeeper suggested that if the goalkeeper was right-footed, strike the ball hard and low to his left, and to his right if he was a left-footer. The reasoning was that goalkeepers move better to their strong footed side. Didn’t take many penalties, but only missed a couple. And no, I will not reveal my success rate!

This advice was offered in the days when GKs tended to attempt reaction saves, rather than commit too early, so it may no longer be applicable. Regardless of the GK method adopted, a penalty correctly placed and hit should always score.

The psyche of the penalty kick and how Ademola Lookman got it all wrong

Tiger, providing the licence costs $10M, you would need to gift me $25M, because realistically I would need the balance ($15M) as working capital, to fund necessary player/staff purchases, academy costs, and cover the resultant shortfall of revenue against income for a minimum period of two years. Even then, balancing the books would not be an easy task.

The Jets cannot become the A-League’s first COVID victim

Rodger, how many NPL/NSD teams will have, say, $20 million they can access for the licence and operating expenses for their first couple of seasons in the A-League?

AAFC releases plans for second division by 2022

Emphasize it is a 2011 REPLAY.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

Interesting article Jack. This tactic is identical with what my team mates and I were coached when playing in NSW Federation 3rd Division in 1960. La Pausa? No, our coach used the term “draw an opponent” before releasing the ball. As Mark mentions, this tactic has been used for several decades.

La pausa and its use in the A-League

Chris, I think it is a matter of scale. AFL develops the highest standard of AFL players, what a challenge! NRL develops high standard RL players in QLD and NSW and is able to attract Pacific Islanders. There is some competition coming from Yorkshire & Lancashire, but not much else. RU? We don’t seem to be doing very well at the moment.

Now to football. Played on a global scale, and due to our relatively small population, we find ourselves minnows in the biggest pond of all. That may explain the paucity of Australians playing at the top levels worldwide. Overseas players in semi-retirement are often stars in the A-League, due to their skill levels, not their physical prowess. Players from lower tier overseas leagues perform adequately in the A-League, but I have difficulty naming a top flight overseas player at his peak playing in the A-League.

So I am in agreement with JB. We are not producing highest level players, but I will stand corrected if someone is able to name half a dozen locals presently playing,

Why the A-League must remember the associations

Mid, I have noticed a reappearing obstacle that discourages local players following higher tier football, and it all revolves around peer pressure and history. A bit over 25 years ago Toowoomba club Willowburn entered the Brisbane XXXX League, Their first home match drew a decent crowd which included many players from the local team I was coaching. They were impressed, but not one of them attended any future Willowburn matches.

Instead, they reverted to attending local RL matches with their mates. The local RL matches were the main topic of conversation each following Monday, but one had to attend in order to join the conversation. The alternative? Attend the XXXX League match and be left out of the conversation. I saw this scenario repeated when I coached another local senior team some 5 years later.

Come to think of it, I reacted in a similar fashion as a youth working in Sydney in the 1960’s. When my soccer playing activities allowed, I would go to a NSWRL match with my mates, because that would be all they would talk about come Monday.

These days, the only time I check out RL results is when I plan to socialise, because RL will dominate many conversations. As a young lad, I recall Soccer being referred to in a Sydney press article as “the sleeping giant of Australian sport”. However, the chances of soccer taking over as Australia’s main football code is similar to the chances of RL becoming the No. 1 code in the UK.

Why the A-League must remember the associations

Apart from the benefits accruing to football and ladies’ sport, this should be a great boon for the tourist industry both here and in NZ. Not only the immediate impact, but the flow-on benefits.

I am certain the tourist bodies and operators will do their part in making all visitors welcome and give them every reason to visit again. Add to this possibility the massive worldwide TV audience and the prospective target market.

One complaint I have heard from a few overseas visitors is that Australia is an expensive country, both to get to, and to tour in. Our business operators should look long-term, and avoid the attraction (to them) of price gouging.

Women's World Cup hosting win exactly what football in Australia needs

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A-League’s winter move fraught with danger

The decision will be based on commercial realities and nothing else. Keep in mind the phrase “commercial realities”.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

Well done Alexander, one of the more relevant and timely articles in recent weeks. It says much that only two posters have responded. Is it that we are burying our heads in the sand? Hoping things will magically return to “normal” once COVID – 19 has moved on? Or is it simply too difficult to contemplate the future? I suspect the latter.

On the positive side, I am hopeful that the obscene earnings of star professional athletes are trimmed down by a considerable degree. Far too many million dollar plus salary earners throughout the sporting world, benefiting from sporting prowess, but often with few meaningful thoughts being processed upstairs.

I also hope a similar trimming of earnings will be experienced by the higher echelon of corporate executives and public servants. How do these people get away with it? Earning several million dollars a year whilst in charge of operations quite often running at a significant loss?

But back to sport. You have highlighted the likely drop in corporate sponsorships, but we also need to acknowledge the drop in disposable income that will be experienced by a large proportion of our population. This will affect both grass roots and professional sport, and not in a kind way. Even if promoters drop admission charges to the larger stadiums, will decent crowds attend, bearing in mind that the majority of attendees have difficulty in lasting two hours without the need to consume sub-standard food and beverages? Will they be able to afford such luxuries?

The world will be a very different place when social and business activities resume in a “normal” fashion. Much personal and business wealth will have disappeared, resulting in an entirely new life scenario. There will be many very sad stories, and don’t be surprised if sport takes a back seat, as it will be unaffordable for many.

How COVID-19 has changed the future of sport in Australia

Waz, you have highlighted what many have failed to recognize, the shortage of cash at the bottom of the pyramid. Shades of The Great Depression, which many economists believe was only ended by World War ll. Economic recovery this time around will almost certainly follow a different course, but it will likely be slow.

Football, and sports in general, will take a back seat for many families. They simply will not be able to afford what will suddenly become luxuries. This will reverberate throughout the sporting community, from the local footy club right up to the top of the pyramid. Corporate sponsorships will mostly disappear, gate takings will decline, pay TV subscriptions will decline, athletes’ wages will decline.

We are fortunate in this country that we are able to produce just about all of our food requirements. Many imported non-food goods could well be in short supply pending normal supply chains recovering. This will impact on the many businesses involved in getting these goods to market.

A long slow road to recovery, with no easy fixes.

FFA will make a number of decisions to save football and they all stink

Most of the issues raised by Rob Sherman have been discussed on this board before, and the likes of jbinnie can confirm this.

One major problem surfaced. How can the state federations be abolished? Will their respective boards vote in favour of dissolving their own jealously guarded power bases?

This issue is the crux of the matter. “Do we need everything replicated by nine? Nine federation boards, nine CEOs, nine CFOs….?”. Of course not. It was pointed out when this issue was discussed some time ago that the game would be better served if it operated like many of the larger, nationwide corporations. One head office and board, with state offices reporting back to head office.

Will this ever happen? Only if the Federations become insolvent. If this occurs, FFA should pursue winding up orders with vigour.

This is not how the A-League was supposed to die

Agree with much of what you say. As a couple of other posters have suggested, we could end up with a semi-pro A-League due to a severe shortage of money. Many posters fail to realise the drastic effects COVID19 will have on the world economy.
I recently suggested the present situation could be as bad as The Great Depression. I now think it will be worse. Time for many to Google “The Great Depression”.

The FFA should plan for the worst and hope for the best

Nick, if your suggestion relates to the period of time whilst social distancing is recommended, and travel restrictions are in place, it will not get to first base. If you are referring to after the COVID has passed and restrictions are lifted, Arnold will endeavour to get his squad together ASAP. All other WC teams are in the same situation as us, so I don’t understand your concerns.

The FFA should plan for the worst and hope for the best

Buddy, the Qld premier announced in the last couple of days that COVID is expected to plateau during July, August & September. So if her Health Department’s prediction is correct, it is unlikely we will see any sport in 2020. Let’s hope the prediction is inaccurate, but if we are to prepare for the worst then we have been warned.

The FFA should plan for the worst and hope for the best

Mick, we are unable to garner adequate support for Brisbane Roar, so another team in Brisbane would be a disaster.

How the FFA can expand successfully

There will likely be a shortage of cash after the Coronavirus has exited our planet. A shortage of cash not seen since The Great Depression. This will change the face of sport in Australia and the world. Whilst sport is an important part of life for many of us, we will lack the cash to support the present structure, and this indicates a restructure.

We will be living in a world where most of the gravy trains have ceased running. The obscene salaries paid to top sporting personalities will no longer be viable, and hopefully the equally obscene payments to the leaders of commerce and industry will be scaled back considerably.

I could go on, but I won’t. As I stated above, a restructure will be called for, and A-League expansion is unlikely to be on the agenda; certainly not along the lines being suggested by many a few weeks ago. Just imagine, State of Origin ticket prices slashed by 50% in order for Stadiums Queensland to half fill Suncorp. Am I joking? No, I am wondering. High profile sports will take a back seat for many current fans. Their savings gone, their holiday leave gone, their long service leave gone, their loan repayments in arrears, their health insurance cancelled, and on it goes.

No, I don’t believe I am joking.

How the FFA can expand successfully

Some posters are suggesting some clubs will be better off playing in empty stadiums. If their crowds pay, say 75% of the stadium rental, surely that is better than no crowd contribution. News has just come through that matches are to be played behind closed doors. Will FFA pay the rents?

What happens if there's no more A-League?

Kanggas2, please cease bagging our union members, aka the public service. They are the drongoes calling the shots. The politicians are basically clueless, similar to the electorates who voted them into power. PS, I used to be a union delegate.

How will the A-League weather the coronavirus storm?