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The obvious comment is the W-League is no longer the concern of the FFA but rather the club owners – and, just like the HAL, there needs to be a focus on growing crowds

FFA, could you please focus on the W-League?

Brisbane 4-0 over city.

Sorry, can’t think about anything more 😱

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 6

anon,

You’re not buying viewers anymore you’re buying subscribers to Optus Sports, Optus Broadband and Optus Mobile.

What exactly is football's reward for starting late and skipping international breaks?

If you new anything about the industry you’d know ARPU and you’d know the combined spend for companies like Optus is Mobile, Broadband and content like Optus Sports.

What exactly is football's reward for starting late and skipping international breaks?

Agree.

I’d expect Optus to make a strong play for two more significant pieces of football content: the EFL and Australian soccer in its entirety.

What value they place on that is another thing but it only takes 100,000 new subscribers to generate about $75m in annual revenues for Optus – I would have thought football would bring way more than 100k new subscribers

What exactly is football's reward for starting late and skipping international breaks?

Fox Sports would probably love an 8-10 week season fitting in between the end of AFL/NRL and the commencement of Big Bash. A kind of Australia version of the ISL.

The football community meanwhile thinks a season is between 8 and 9 months long with the close season filled with international matches and friendlies.

The two views are incompatible hence we get the bastardisation of a draw, rigged scheduling, no international breaks, late season starts and/or early finish

What exactly is football's reward for starting late and skipping international breaks?

Ernies at a club that is strapped for cash due to a trade way between two foreign countries and not through fault of their own; the club is up for sale and they’re shedding backroom costs quicker than a quick thing … and yet Ernie has produced a team that’s pleasing on the eye and looks capable of winning in most games.

Ernies doing alright.

Should Ernie Merrick be feeling more heat at Newcastle?

In Ange We Trust

wait …. wot ….?

How soon is too soon for a coach to abandon a system?

Apparently Roar were set up 3-5-2 yesterday which, as we both know, doesn’t mean much other than it’s a clue as to how a team intends to play.

But it didn’t look that way at any time with ROD isolated all game.

I agree on the need for a strike pairing up front. Holloway in theory should be it but he looked an utter pussy cat yesterday and us question whether he has the aggression to play up front. But come Sunday I’d start Holloway/ROD

Mauk is increasingly ineffective in the midfield role. The central 3 need to be far more fluid than Mauk seems to be capable of and dropping Inman in to his position would change that.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Courtney-Perkins start in Sunday. In preseason he slotted in to the side left role really well

Fowler has to stick with 3-5-2 but he has to get his combinations right. The back three are all good, the midfield not at all, and the two strikers are shambolic

How soon is too soon for a coach to abandon a system?

Mate, don’t pull your punches the first half was utterly dire to watch. Awful stuff – that’s part of football alas we seem to have a “big bash” approach to entertainment in sports nowadays.

The last thirty minutes was better to watch, unless you’re a Roar supporter watching chances go begging.

How soon is too soon for a coach to abandon a system?

If there’s one question around Brisbane Roar it would be this – why can’t they score?

They’ve created more goal scoring chances than City and WU who both sit top, so it’s not that!

And it’s not the quality of chances either as each week the opponents keeper is pulling off a save if the week contender meanwhile other chances are blades side or over the bar under no pressure (happened twice yesterday).

Six talking points from A-League Round 5

jb

How ironic it would be if Roar go from a record number of goals conceded to a record low of goals scored.

That would be some achievement.

How soon is too soon for a coach to abandon a system?

err, then don’t watch lol

How soon is too soon for a coach to abandon a system?

You’d think. However, he blasted one over the bar from 12 yards when he came on so he’s got the yips as well

How soon is too soon for a coach to abandon a system?

“System” and “formation” are not interchangeable Mike. In just four games Roars formation has varied between 3-5-2, 5-4–1 and (apparently) 3-4-2–1 but the underlying playing system has remained the same – he’s just moved chess pieces around the board to fix problem areas.

Fowler has one simple problem to fix – how to get his players to convert chances. It’s not an “ability thing” as ROD, DWH and even Inman have proven themselves capable of finishing regularly in the past.

When a side struggles to convert chances, Roar have 1 goal from 71 chances (city in their first four games had 64 chances for 7 goals), then team confidence drops and with it the number of chances created and suddenly they’re locked in to a negative feedback loop that’s hard to change.

How soon is too soon for a coach to abandon a system?

Agree with all that Fad.

The biggest criticism I can think of (recently) is that they lost the engagement with their fans – clubs that do that suffer badly for years after the event.

The Hearts marched in, but how many have marched out?  

I’m sure Stuart,

Once nemesis comes down from 49,000 feet we’ll probably find out 😁

The Hearts marched in, but how many have marched out?  

“Melbourne Victory are thugs – snobbish, ignorant thugs. A generalisation sure, but finding a Victory fan with reason is like looking for a parking spot in a shopping centre three days prior to Christmas – it’s rare“
Classic 😂

The Hearts marched in, but how many have marched out?  

Fantastic article and a great idea to go back in time and link the sequence of events together in a logical and sequential order.

It’s clear Australia was never geared to host a World Cup and given the size of the competition today probably never will be, at least not solo.

Ten years ago the phoney code war went ballistic

Football is not behind Rugby (and I say that as a follower of both codes).

Viewing of Wallabies matches failed to reach that of the Socceroos and wasn’t that flash compared to Matilda WC viewing at 5AM.

Football has secured third spot amongst the football codes – I would say though that 1 and 2 are out of reach, at least for a generation of people.

Major League Soccer is what the A-League cannot be

Ahh, good old victim mentality – we’ll make a Queenslander out of you yet Mike!

It’s not just Nix, it just seems to be “their turn”. In the recent past Roar have had Taggarts leg hair rule a goal offside when even the slo-mo vision couldn’t prove it either way, Macarone once had a goal ruled out offside when the ref blew the whistle while the ball was mid air on its way into the net only for VAR to prove he was on side but the goal couldn’t stand as he’s already blown up. And don’t start me on the number of VAR penalties that have gone against Roar, and the oh so many that don’t get awarded to us.

So it’s not just Nix, or Roar, I’d be pretty sure any non Sydney/Melbourne team could write the same. Make of that what you will – maybe we’re a nation of victims not criminals??

But here’s what we tell our U18/U16 players Mike: “A Referee can not, and will not, lose you the game with any decision they make. No matter what decision they make you have 89 other minutes to win the game. Anything else is an excuse like complaining the sun was in your eyes, the wind was against you, or the pitch not right. Just deal with it and win”.

Take Galloway’s goal against Nix which made it 2–1 City; the Nix #5 and #7 both had a chance to pressure Galloway in to not shooting but both stood off – that’s not the refs fault. Those two players are either lazy, unfit or unmotivated – all things a coach can control, unlike the refs …. that’s what Nix should be complaining about!

P.S. and it was a handball by Broxham and Roar should have drawn 1–1. Who do I write too to complain?

Wellington Phoenix get screwed every week and nobody cares

I’ve tipped them for the GF this year

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 5

Both sides are very watchable this season so it could be the best game of the round.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 5

City v CCM; Draw – City rode their luck last week & Mariners will be desperate not to lose so will play 10 at the back again.

Jets v Glory; Glory should win this but they’re not the team they were last year so it’ll be tight.

WU v WSW; WU for me. It was Wanderers who parked the bus last weekend and they look like they’re scared of losing now; WSW have the best keeper in the land right now though so again, another close one.

Victory v Nix; Victory should win but will they? Strange start for them, they look better on paper than they’ve played. Nix don’t look fit and are a bit lazy and that’ll likely cost them.

Reds v Roar; Roar have the best defence in the league, if it holds firm Reds can’t win. Whether Roar win is down to which boots ROD packs – the ones that send chances flying over the bar or the ones that score?

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 5

This is worth a read:

https://thewomensgame.com/news/pay-deal-gives-football-edge-over-rival-codes-533524/page0

Matildas' equal-pay reports capture football's optimistic outlook - and the PFA's crucial role