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Who’s Got Your Back?

We took a look at ten Aleague central defenders of various ages, nationalities and experience to evaluate how much value they bring to their teams and in what areas. Defending is an art form that is often overlooked in today’s game but it remains a key element for any team with ambitions for silverware. Perth Glory have conceded a league low 22 goals, Liverpool and Manchester City have only shipped 20 and 21 goals respectively while Juventus have also only seen 22 goals hit the back of their net. Defending can be the secret ingredient, especially for clubs who can’t…

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The value in youth

From the English Premier League to the Australian A-League, club football is where players young and old compete for the trophies and adoration of their fans week-in and week-out. For the younger players, it is also a chance to develop their craft and hone their skills in the hope to make that ”big move” and get a chance to represent their country at the highest level, the World Cup. In effect, every league is a development league. A lot of controversy in Australia has been around whether or not the A-League is or isn’t a development league. In theory, it…

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Most Valuable Marquee

The marquee system was introduced to allow Aleague franchises to sign players outside of the cap who not only will help on the field but also at the box office. Some teams have gone with star power with the likes of Dwight Yorke and Keisuke Honda, some with unknown players closer to their prime such as Miloš Ninković or Thomas Broich. We can measure the off-field value through changes in ratings, attendances, memberships, merchandise and even sponsorship that coin with the signing. As for on-field value, it is much more subjective with stats and the eye-test giving biased perceptions based…

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On the fringes

Much is made of the salaries of Asian players and how it is difficult to attract players up to the standard of what would be expected of a visa player. We’ve seen Japanese and Korean players doing well at the NPL level and most of these players have come from the university and amateur levels of their countries. Despite their amateur status in the game, they’ve displayed great technique, poise in possession and the ability to change and win matches. From these players to the elite national team level players there is a lot inbetween. Local players tend to also…

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Apples and Apples

Recently an enquiry was made to the Twitterverse as to how crossing in the Aleague compared to other similar standard leagues around the world. Comparing leagues is nothing new but many comparisons are based on preconceived notions that relate to the football history and culture of a league or country. For example, Spanish football is seen as possession-focused, Italian football is associated with defensive organisation, English football is quick and direct, and even Australian football has reputation for using physical advantages and competitive mentality. Football though has become more and more globalised and the make up of many leagues around…

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Stepping Stones

One of the ongoing converstaions in football is around youth development and pathways. The 2018 Asian Youth Championships held in Jakarta sparked the most recent debate among Australian fans and media. A spot in the FIFA U20 World Championships was on the line. Since 1981, young Australian players have been able to show their wares to an international audience via the FIFA Youth World Cup. It can be a stage to launch a career or the peak for a promising talent. Looking at the fifteen editions we’ve been a part of from our first in 1981 to our last one…

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Don’t Stuff It Up

Today, the Association of Australian Football Clubs released their blueprint for a new league that they hope will act as second division in line with the current A-League being the first division. The competition will be known as The Championship. It’s as ambitious as it is overdue. After making strides in certain areas over the last decade, in other areas. the game has lagged. When the AAFC formed, they set out a list of objectives that revolved around building a more inclusive and viable system for all, with a big part of that being a creation of a second division….

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The Ultimate Sacrifice of America

One of the biggest shocks of this installment of World Cup qualifiers is the failure of the United States to qualify automatically through the CONCACAF region by not finishing in the top three. They finished fifth when finishing fourth would’ve earnt them a spot in an intercontinental playoff against Australia, however, they failed to pick up the solitary point needed away to Trinidad & Tobago. The US is a massive market for FIFA so for the US to miss out on Russia 2018 is a blow not only to the States but also the world governing body. The writing has…

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Domestic Dynamics

Playing in the top leagues in the world is what every young player dreams of the moment they decide to turn their hobby into a serious pursuit and make it a career. With the top flights of England, Spain, Italy and Germany being the ultimate destination for tens of thousands of ambitious footballers and coaches from every corner of the globe those leagues cease to be strictly domestic. They have become the pinnacle for the best of the best and therefore international in nature from the supporters to backroom staff. This makes them less about developing local players and more…

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Sydney FC name new CEO

Sydney FC have appointed a leading international sports executive to be the club’s new Chief Executive Officer. Chairman Scott Barlow said: “I am delighted to announce today the appointment of Danny Townsend as our club’s new CEO commencing in October of this year.” Townsend was chosen from a high-quality list of international applicants and brings with him a global reputation for success across the sports, media and entertainment industry. As a co-founder of sports intelligence agency Repucom, he helped build the company into a pre-eminent sports consultancy, working with leading football clubs in Europe, Asia and the United States. More…

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