Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Changes afoot for ailing FA Cup
The Guardian, January 7th, 2011 12:08PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

On the eve of a glamorous third-round FA Cup pairing of Manchester United and Liverpool (Sunday, Fox Soccer Channel, 8:30 a.m. ET), ideas and suggestions to revive the competition are abundant. Declining attendance, especially in the earlier rounds, and teams utilizing under-strength teams have devalued the tournament whose history dates back to 1872.

Played on a straight knockout basis conducted by blind draws, without group play or two-leg seriesor seedings, it is a romantic's dream that is falling behind sleeker, sexier alternatives. Myriad proposals are being considered -- midweek matches, eliminating replays, seeding teams -- to revive what some feel has become a stagnant competition, overshadowed by the hype-fueled Premier League and lucrative Champions League.

Yet its essential appeal is personified by a Saturday matchup of non-league Stevenage and top-flight Newcastle United (FSC, 12:30 p.m.) "With a managerial background in non-league football, my experiences are at the other end of the scale from the big boys," said Stevenage's manager Graham Westley. "Look at Exeter, they played Manchester United [in 2005] and the funds they generated helped them go from the Conference to League One.

"Now we're playing Newcastle United, so you can imagine the excitement around our football club and there's certainly that magic feeling." But for the past few seasons, much of that magic seems to have dissipated.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Real's Navas Seeks Legal Action for Costa Rican Spying    
The Associated Press is reporting Thursday that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will take legal action ...
Mandzukic: Guardiola 'Didn't Treat Me with Respect'    
In an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Mario Mandzukic says he is enjoying playing for ...
Roma's Destro to Consider Future     
Mattia Destro on Wednesday cast doubt around his future after scoring the opening goal in AS ...
Allegri: 'Lack of Maturity' Costs Juve     
Despite hitting the woodwork several times and having much the better play throughout, Juventus lost 1-0 ...
Report: Former President Hoeness Warns Bayern     
German daily Bild reports that former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, who is currently in prison ...
Pellegrini 'Worried' as City Crashes Out of League Cup     
Manchester City relinquished its hold on the English League Cup on Wednesday with a poor display ...
Herrera Questions Klinsmann Inclusion for FIFA Award    
Miguel Herrera, for one, isn't impressed with USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann's inclusion in FIFA's shortlist for ...
Ancelotti: Blatter 'Unable to Keep His Mouth Shut'     
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of being "unable to keep his ...
Report: Spain's Tax Authority Probes Barca, Real Stars     
Marca on Wednesday reported that some of La Liga's highest profile players over the last several ...
Reports: Moyes to Take Over at La Real?    
Spanish media reports claim that former Manchester United coach David Moyes is among the names being ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives