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Fair points, agreed.
If it starts at junior football the coaching has to be more sophisticated than just “hoof it down field”. An anecdote, for what it’s worth: all the dads who used to either coach or help coach my kids’ teams at the U7-U10 level (apart from a dad I won’t name who was a Socceroo & recently retired A-League player) had mostly only played football as juniors. All had done the junior coaching clinics recommended (or required) by the local association. Did we instill that sort of discipline and attention to the intense development of techniques? Nope – we were just dads who wanted to help out and see the kids have fun.
Maybe there’s the problem: for all its massive junior base, the vast majority of football playing kids’ initial 6-7 years of coaching is by well-meaning dads like me whose first love is probably some other sport.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Redondo I can see where you’re coming from but it’s inaccurate to suggest other sports have little or no emphasis on mastery of technical skills.

I’m no authority on rugby league or Aussie rules, but as one who coaches rugby union I assure you the game has many highly technical skills that take years of dedicated effort to master.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Rodger it appears notionally to have been deemed a Tigers ‘home game’. Weird. But weird is the nature of pro sport in Australia I guess.

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs

Ignore all that …. that NRL game is three weeks before … Sorry.

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs

20 July is smack bang in the middle of the NRL season and the Tigers are playing the Chooks the night before ….. I fear for the state of the pitch for the Leeds game.

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs