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How to stop the Eurosnob

I recently read the comment section of a social media post regarding the A-League finally being shown on a mainstream free-to-air network. In that comment section I read a discussion between two sets of opinions, one simply stated this:

Appreciate the kind words Football is life, to answer your question I am almost 18. A lot of my friends follow football, can’t say many are active members of A-league clubs though, hopefully that will change shortly! 🙂

Western United have the name and colours, now comes the hard part

I am considering supporting WU, mostly because I moved to melbourne a few years ago, and I’m biased against City and Victory. But that name is just plain awful. Maybe it’ll grow on me, hopefully they’ll change it.

The colours could be nice though, especially if it’s something like Celtic’s away kit from 2006 or Shalke’s away kit from 2015/16

Western United take first steps towards becoming a real club, but questions remain

Honest mistake, sometimes pays to do a double take!

Another Central Coast loss proves the A-League salary cap must go

Which is why it is critical that WMG seek to form their own identity, I’m pessimistic about the success because it’s difficult on a geographical perspective.

Like you Mister Football, I would have preferred to see South in because they have a clear identity, but challenges would still have existed, no matter what they do there is always the stigma that they are a Greek club, I’m sure they would have changed this, but how would you propose they go about it? And if so, do you think there’s similar challenges for WMG and how could they be overcome?

Congratulations Western Melbourne Group. Now don’t pull a Melbourne City

Hi Lionheart

Thanks for reading, I don’t think marquees aren’t important, I just don’t see them as a long term solution. You mention I’m not entirely sure what background exists in west melbourne, but I’d caution against signing a player because they are of a certain nationality. We do this, and we basically turn back into the NSL and as we have seen through Souths continued rejection, that isn’t successful

Congratulations Western Melbourne Group. Now don’t pull a Melbourne City

Personally, I think the FFA Cup shows that there’s hope for older NSL clubs to make a case for expansion into the A-League. For all the concerns we voice about South Melbourne (who made the semi-final last year) and other “ethnic” clubs they are still quite popular in the FFA Cup, same goes for Marconi even though they lost (although from memory, I think Avondale was also an Italian club)

Why should we say to these clubs, you’re too ethnic for the A-League, but it’s completely fine for you to participate in the FFA Cup?

The FFA Cup is back, and it's the best thing about football right now

Hi Worried

I think it’s you that are missing the point.
Marquee players are players that are talented, and if they are talented they are able to get people to watch them. The problem with our current marquees is whilst they have the talent, people simply do not know they exist. If people knew they existed, they would see that they have quality, at least on par with the superstars that come to the A-league in the later of their careers.

We need to tell the rest of the Australian public of the likes of Berisha and co, they will see through these players that the A-league is not a “Mickey mouse” league but rather one with good quality games and players

Whilst I agree that when these players come to Australia they are nobody’s, as time progresses people will see just how good these players are

The marquees are coming, but let's not forget the ones that are already here

Thanks Fadida! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

The marquees are coming, but let's not forget the ones that are already here

Thanks for the kind words Waz! ?

The marquees are coming, but let's not forget the ones that are already here

Fadida

I think that how many comments you have made an articles you’ve written contribute to guru ranking, in the case of Grobbelaar I’m sure he made 1500 comments since 2009 and was still a rookie since last week

The A-League needs to be completely slashed

I would only agree with that once we get the A-league to more teams, we abolish the whole “play each other three” times thing. But 9 rounds is too excessive

The A-League needs to be completely slashed

Read the very first paragraph in the article “this is not a debate about why esport is a real sport” it’s about how we use “cyberspace”as you put it to market the a-league

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

Grobbelaar

Whilst I appreciate your comment, it seriously wouldn’t hurt to say something positive in a while. I’m also not 100% sure what your point is in this comment, if it’s to

A) berate the standard of commentary in the e-league then to rebut this I would suggest that the e-league is still in its infancy, there are going to be errors at the start, but after a few seasons the commentary would be at a better standard

B) critise the e-league as an advertisement for the a-league because of better players in Europe playing for a-league clubs, then to rebut this I’d suggest the following: the diversity and lack of a-league representation is a concern but in the FIFA eWorld Cup all players regardless of team are given an 85 overall ranking. Do this for the A-league clubs and not only do you make a more even competition but you also promote awareness with A-league players, teams, etc

I’m not saying don’t critise Grobbelaar, do so by all means but try to suggest a solution to the problem as well

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

Whilst I am not the authority of advertising, I would suggest that the FFA would not need to spend much to advertise on twitch during the E-League given the fact that the E-League is basically an advertisement in itself

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

Sydney is the favorite for the E-League title as well, its almost an exact representation of the A-League on FIFA (excluding the fact that Ronaldo will play for Sydney…)

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

I know it is negative Chris, I just wanted to show why he is wrong 🙂

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

1- Agree, if the FFA were serious about gathering enthusiasm for the A-League through the E-League, then this certainly needs to change

2- The gamers do not need to capture the public attention, the game itself needs to capture the attention of the public, in this case, the game is FIFA and the league specifically is the A-League, as we have established (and especially through the link Nick Symonds provided) this is easily possible

3- Again, the public do not need to have the imaginations captured by the E-League, the aim is for football fans who do not watch the A-League but likley play FIFA. These are the people that would be spending longer on a stream. These are the people that would be most affected by the E-League in terms of becoming A-League viewers

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

I agree Mattyb that some people will not be tempted to what the A-League after watching the E-League, but as Chris has already mentioned they are often the “extreme” gaming personalities. The average football fan uses games like FIFA to find another connection into the sport. So I would suggest that the E-League, whilst it will not connect all football fans will connect a significant number,

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

Agreed Nemesis, having said that the amount of money in LOL is significantly more than FIFA, however, whilst it may be worth more money for the AFL, it is not going to turn them into AFL fans.

The E-League could be the marketing solution for the A-League

The Chinese government have invested billions of dollars in football, specifically in their Chinese super league, stadium and training facilities. We have seen billionaire Chinese investors invest in football clubs in the premier league, championship with both Milan teams under Chinese ownership

Quite simply, the general Chinese population do not care about AFL, the only country that will is Australia, it’s highly unlikely it will ever be an “international sport”

Shanghai is the next stop on the way to Aussie rules finally going international

Fair enough Christo, but what do you expect or want them to do? This is why I think a meeting between supporter groups and FFA needs to happen, they need to clearly establish that when someone breaks the law, the supporter group punishes them as well, does this mean revoking memberships?

I remember a few years ago when a flare was lit of at the Melbourne Derby, the northern terrace members pointed out to police who lit of the flare. They also stated that they did not know who he was as they had not seen this supporter st any previous marches. Do you want to see RBB members name and shame those who break the law at the games similar to the Northern Terrace?

How the Red and Black Bloc's closure could've easily been avoided

I agree that the RBB have made mistakes, flares are illegal and for sure they need to do more to rid themselves of the minority that are there to cause unrest. My point about the charity was to show that the majority of the RBB are reasonable people, I thinks it’s unfair that people are generalising them as hooligans based on the actions of the minority.

What I believe is happening however is that the FFA are using the same generalisation against the RBB that non football people use as well, it’s no wonder that there’s a disconnect. The RBB and FFA need to reconnect and set out guidelines that they can continue what they want to do(within the bounds of the law) but also figure out how to stop the minority that are causing disruption

How the Red and Black Bloc's closure could've easily been avoided

Perhaps the word “community” would have been more appropriate, however, on their official Facebook page they refer to themselves as a “nonprofit organisation”

How the Red and Black Bloc's closure could've easily been avoided

Thanks for the support PH, when I was first writing here I was trying to be respectful but if he is just going to make remarks that do not contribute to the discussion then there is no point in replying to his posts 🙂

How the Red and Black Bloc's closure could've easily been avoided

Exactly Rellum, both sides of this dispute have had their faults, we need to reach a compromise. I’d still say that the FFA is perhaps more to blame for their reluctance to communicate with the RBB but that’s not to say that the RBB are perfect

How the Red and Black Bloc's closure could've easily been avoided