• Finding a way to make a meaningful vote
    I have been pondering how I shall vote in the U.S. Soccer presidential election. Of course, I do not actually, officially, have a vote. But who knows, maybe some zany chain of events will force U.S. Soccer to acknowledge my expertise in these matters, so I intend to be ready.
  • J'accuse!!
    I have an accusation to level at the sport of soccer. Against FIFA, IFAB, the international confederations, the national federations -- in fact all the governing bodies of the sport, everywhere in the world. Plus all referees.
  • Wenger and Guardiola on English refs -- too chatty and too focused on diving
    It's taken a while, but a top coach in England has had the nerve to criticize the Premier League's high-minded, not to mention seriously flawed, campaign against diving.
  • On replacing warm-ups with a pill
    NBC's coverage of EPL games regularly features occasions when we're transported early to the stadium, way before kickoff.
  • College Soccer: A game in search of definition
    Is college soccer ever going to wake up to the reality of the outside (soccer) world? The question poses itself acutely every year when the Division I final gives us an instructive look at what is happening on the college fields.
  • Pro-defense bias continues to mar English refereeing
    Watching a couple of EPL games on Sunday provided a telling insight into what, for me, is the major weakness of English refereeing.
  • Oh dear, Toronto vs Seattle again. Here's hoping for a real game this time.
    Coming up -- the MLS final between Toronto and Seattle. Well, we've had that before. That's the trouble here. We had Toronto-Seattle last year. And a pretty damn awful game it was.
  • Big Sam -- the worst possible candidate for U.S. national team coach
    Steve Nicol's opinions as a soccer-panelist guru do not often coincide with mine. No matter -- I like listening to Nicol when he takes part in those TV soccer panels. Because he brings to the studio, to the frequently tedious and over-clever discussions, a genuine soccer voice that, it seems to me, has managed to remain uncorrupted by both the modern -- and often ludicrous -- soccer jargon, and by the much more pernicious nonsense and mendacious drivel of the marketing mob.
  • Attack-minded goalkeepers? Not Really.
    It is one of the persistent claims from the goalkeeping fraternity that, in addition to making saves and preventing goals, they also contribute to a team's attacking play.
  • Is it the ball? Or is it simply bull?
    The German soccer legend Uwe Seeler once told us: "The secret of soccer is the ball." It's pretty clear what he meant -- even though I think he got the wrong word. I'm not a believer in a soccer "secret" -- just one? -- that, once discovered, will presumably allow everyone to understand everything about the sport. Seems unlikely.
  • The USA's World Cup fiasco and the vain search for culprits
    Two individuals long prominent in American soccer have been hit hard by the USA's World Cup fiasco -- Bruce Arena and Sunil Gulati.
  • Clay Berling & Soccer America -- his inspired invention
    The death of Clay Berling stirs up memories of my first days in the USA. Way back in the early 1960s I used to sit around with little groups of soccer people in New York as we discussed the sport's problems. Not enough publicity, hardly any really, ignored by the national press and television ... soccer desperately needed someone of influence, preferably with money -- a multi-millionaire or a politician, someone with clout who could get publicity for the sport. That was how we thought.
  • From goalkeepers, from referees ... the sound of a scandalous silence
    The appalling story came from Germany, just 14 days ago. It was widely reported. And it was wisely reviewed by Mike Woitalla on this website, under the headline: "Will This Be the Wakeup Call?"
  • Rugby, not soccer, pursues promising concussion test
    I am being reluctantly forced to the opinion that official soccer's attitude to concussions entails the utmost cynicism.
  • Exposed! The shabbiness of the English anti-diving campaign
    It was totally right and proper that the farce of the English campaign against diving should be brutally exposed at Wembley, often called "the cathedral" of English soccer.
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