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All juniors are taught pressing, including the high press.

The reason NPL clubs don’t “press” is because half the sides play long ball football

Spain 7, Matildas 0: 'Why this, why now' is the question as coach's kids destroyed

Wrong Coach. Gotta go now, before the WC.

Spain 7, Matildas 0: 'Why this, why now' is the question as coach's kids destroyed

“ One of the best things about the A-League is how quickly teams can bounce back after a poor season”

Which is why we need relegation.

Perth preparing for a Glory-ious return in season 2022-23

JA didn’t build that squad and it’s nonsense to suggest otherwise.

He started out at Roar finishing 3rd twice and then deteriorating badly as he rebuilt the squad.

Rudan might argue he built Nix and WU but again, I’d say that’s a stretch – giving the reigns to Rudan to do a rebuild was a huge gamble from WSW

Is Oliver Bozanic the circuit breaker that makes this Wanderers rebuild different?

Rudan and Aloisi have yet to prove they can build and manage a squad.

Is Oliver Bozanic the circuit breaker that makes this Wanderers rebuild different?

I think it will be a good thing if it is more competitive – assuming there’s 4 groups in AFC East then Korea, Japan and Australia would be pretty confident if being top seeds But I recon any second seed in our group would fancy a crack, draw away from home and win at home might be enough.

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

SFC don’t play youth. If you are at Sydney and want to play first team football – leave!

Brandon O'Neill is the latest player in the A-League's contract conundrum

The assumption is that 8.33 teams will make it easier to qualify – but that might not be the case.

The current set up is two groups of east and west following an earlier preliminary round to weed out the lower ranked teams and a second round consisting of 40 countries.

So will the AFC stick with the same format or change to smaller groups with maybe only the top side progressing from each group?

That last scenario makes sense to me as it will have “second tier nations” a better chance of qualifying.

So we could have 8 groups of 5 with just the top placed side qualifying – this doesn’t seem to ominous today but with such a scenario the likes of China, Vietnam, Malaysia and even India & Indonesia might throw money at qualification … something cash-strapped Australian football has never been able to do (increased rego’s anyone, ‘cos unlike other countries our governments won’t be helping out?).

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

Not the most pressing issue facing football surely.

A lot of sympathy with the authors position but it’s still a “Meh” from me regarding change.

P.S. Can we bring back the white socks though?

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

????????

Arnie will always have his critics, but this is his moment to savour

You had me at “Arnie Will always have his critics” 😁

Arnie will always have his critics, but this is his moment to savour

“[Australia] is very poor and without ideas. They’re timid and do not look for the opposition’s goal.”

Look, by all means use comments like that for fuel to drive the team but, the comment is not wrong.

Had we have lost 5-4 on penalties instead that’s pretty much what our headlines would have been … in that second half of extra time – while Peru were ripping us open down the right side – we were knocking balls long in a hit n hope fashion.

After that game does anyone want to argue that Jamie MacLaren is better than the ALM, or that the ALM is preparing quality players for competition like this?

I’d say, at best, the answer is we have a ways to go with what the ALM is doing/producing.

Yes let’s celebrate qualification, but let’s not put lipstick on the pig here!!

Enough with the Socceroos niceties. Cop that, Peru!

Must people hadn’t to be fair. Pointless article designed for clicks tbh

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

It’s not a “Bradbury” qualification when the qualification rules are clear from the outset – Top 2 qualify direct, third place enters a knockout competition.

And yes, if you’re a fringe fan you should be – and are – welcome. Ignore tr*lls who may make you think otherwise 👍

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

Hopefully you were as quick to condemn Swanton’s article which deliberately insulted one of Australia’s National Teams?

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

*#%#%*%# ME !!!! 😔 🤢 😱 😂

A result our game really needed.

Well done Arnie. Go and enjoy retirement now, you’ve earned it 👍

Socceroos headed to Qatar World Cup after penalty shootout win

The article goes little to analyse the situation – Football is suffering from declining attendances but unlike other codes is failing to maintain it ts viewing audience (although I read the online reach was a record high last year).

Some questions to address include the simultaneous broadcast of a game competing with the live 10 game (who watches the Live 10 game when their teams on P+?, the selection of fixtures (are we really getting the best games on there?), and then the overall viewing experience (most of the commentators waffle on about anything and rarely present expert insights).

Australian football can't grow without Australian support

To be fair the competition from within the AFC continues to improve – 15 years ago Thailand were not a threat on the club or international stage.

So bring in the AFC – as opposed to being in a 2-horse race in semi-pro Oceania – is a good thing.

Australian football can't grow without Australian support

This is an article that will do no more than have football followers turn inwards and fight amongst themselves, I literally predicted this article in a post yesterday.

Attendance at live events is down, the ALM is no different. The AFL is wondering why their crowds are down to a 26 year low.

Does this article bring anything to the discussion that hasn’t been said before? Offer any insight or analysis? Does it add to the debate?

No is surely the answer – why the editors can’t filter repetitive rubbish out and demand more from their writers god himself only knows (although Church attendance is down as well, so you might want to ask him/her/it quick before he/she/it goes out of business lol).

Australian football can't grow without Australian support

Unless “ JayMac does his things” …. wot, you mean go missing in big games???

Peru wary of Socceroos' fighting spirit

Presumably as soon as we thrash Peru, declare ourselves a Republic, and finish appointing Arnie as First Head of State …. as soon as that’s all done; we’ll get an article bemoaning how low A League crowds are and blaming everything from pro/rel to the NSL.

So I’ll drop this here in anticipation:

AFL crowds fall to lowest in 26 years as Covid concerns linger

AFL crowds are down to a 26 year low, the cause is being discussed widely but no one is mentioning the A League, Eurosnobs, pro/rel, NSD’s or anything to do with the sokkha (for once, we are not getting blamed 😁 )

So as we move in to double-figure articles on how to grow the attendances next season, cast the net a bit wider – is it COVID? the economy? what is it??

Peru wary of Socceroos' fighting spirit

It is, and no travel, do nt think I’d thought beyond this one match tbh

REACTION: Hrustic's 'nuclear' winner as Socceroos 'kick, bite and scratch' one step closer to World Cup

Great win. Can’t believe the short turnaround vs Peru though.

REACTION: Hrustic's 'nuclear' winner as Socceroos 'kick, bite and scratch' one step closer to World Cup

Ooooo, an entire article dedicated to Graham Arnold. Yummy … but hold on while I put a days leave pass in 😁

Totally different coaching skills required for a national team vs a club team; some can only do one, a few can do both.

Arnie is a good coach, his time at Sydney and CCM proves that. But can he do it with a squad of players he sees for a few days, then plays a game or two, then has for a day before they go off again? His record says not.

We are looking at a failure in coaching here – wrong man for the job.

People can thrash around like fish out of water over youth development, and the A League, and it’s rained a lot lately sooo …. but with the talent available GA is underperforming, give him better talent and he will still underperform.

Enough already. Give the players a pleasant surprise – fire him today (I’m pretty sure their performance will improve!)

Graham Arnold doesn't know his Socceroos best XI and that is his greatest failure

Final point on Arnie from me then:

You can put all the money you want in to youth development and you can deliver all the great players you want ….

But Graham Arnold would not achieve anything better than what he has now: wrong squad selections, wrong starting XI, wrong substitutions, wrong tactics …

…. if Thibaut Courtois had been born in Canberra he still wouldn’t make the Socceroos squad over Redmayne, that’s Arnie for you.

No one wants to say it, but what happens if the Socceroos miss the World Cup?

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