• The misuse of VAR, the sins of goalkeepers ... and a big thank you to Lee Dixon
    From the English Premier League comes more evidence that VAR -- a tool of undoubted value -- is being seriously misused.
  • Goalkeepers revisited
    Goalkeepers slamming into an opponent, often making violent contact with his head, remains part of the goalkeeper's repertoire.
  • To the U.S. Soccer Federation . . . In Anger
    My congratulations to the United States Soccer Federation. The ignorance, the arrogance, the bias, the total lack of awareness ...
  • Another colossal VAR gaffe in England
    Referee Mike Dean never looked at the replays. In the EPL version of VAR, use of the field-side monitor is discouraged.
  • The devious problem of tactical fouling
    Stand in his way, pull his shirt, trip him -- nothing too physical, but enough to halt the attack.
  • A weekend with the VARmints
    No apologies for returning, yet again, to this VAR business. It is fast becoming a major talking point in the sport.
  • The joys of picardia vs. the boredom of tactics
    Diego Maradona has always known about soccer's extra dimension. Even as a frighteningly young teenager.
  • VARs -- a new elite group among referees, something soccer does not need
    The responsibility for what happens on the field during a soccer game is shared by players, coaches and game officials.
  • Memories of Chumpitaz and Cubillas: Welcome back Peru
    That Brazil should have reached the final of the 2019 Copa America can hardly surprise anyone. After all, Brazil is the host nation, the disruptive Germans are nowhere to be seen, so the Brazilians have advanced pretty smoothly.
  • The VAR/goalkeeper mess -- an IFAB production
    The International Football Association Board -- the IFAB -- has presented us with an extraordinary document.
  • Ukraine vs. South Korea -- an unlikely final to an unusual U-20 World Cup
    An under-20 world championship without Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Spain, Russia, England and the Netherlands?
  • What happened to Atlanta's sparkle?
    I developed, last MLS season, the habit of watching all of Atlanta United's games. Not as a fan of the club, but as a fan of the vibrant soccer that they played.
  • The FA Cup: A Good Idea that became a Fairy Tale and then a Horror Story
    Manchester City has won the FA Cup. With a resounding 6-0 wipe-out of Watford.
  • Oh dear, defenders feel threatened ... again
    Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham's Belgian defender, is worried. "I think we have to change the way we defend," he says.
  • A good referee decision nixed by a woeful VAR verdict
    The various shades and intricacies of VAR continue to intrigue -- and, yes, disturb me.
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