Should Football Goals Be Bigger?

Should Football Goals Be Bigger?

Football goals have barely changed in shape or size in over 150 years. In a smoky London tavern in 1863, the newly-formed Football Association dictated the distance between posts should be eight yards Crossbars, marked eight foot above ground, didn’t become mandatory until 1882 with both Sheffield FC and Queens Park simultaneously boasting to be […]

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Alternatives to Time-Wasting in Football

David De Gea’s goalkeeping heroics in Manchester United’s recent 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur were remarkable for many reasons. Perhaps not since Jan Tomaszewski has Wembley Stadium witnessed a Sondico-shaped forcefield of such invincibility. In fact, his instinctive reactions to a series of helpfully aimed Spurs shots ranked third on the all-time Premier League list […]

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Turkish Football’s Economic Crisis

Turkish Football’s Economic Crisis

This has been strange season in the Turkish Super League. The Big Three clubs of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, and Galatasaray—who between them have won most Turkish titles and are supported by around 80% of Turkish fans—are all struggling. Austerity has shaken up the sport. The normally big-spending Turkish transfer window was uncannily quiet this summer as […]

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When Women’s Football Was Banned

When Women’s Football Was Banned

On Christmas Day 1916, a football match provoked profound change in British society. A team of women from Ulverston munitions factory in Cumbria, took to the field against a side of female players from the rest of the country, winning 11-5. The idea caught on. Over the following months, teams emerged from other munitions factories […]

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Qatar’s Football War

Qatar’s Football War

Ever since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been the source of an almost constant and negative stream of press. From high level political gas deals and allegations of corruption surrounding the vote back in 2010 to widespread reports of human rights abuses concerning the migrant work force that is […]

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Football in South Sudan: The Upper Nile Academy

Football in South Sudan: The Upper Nile Academy

For the last five years, South Sudan has been ravaged by a brutal civil war. It has left thousands dead and millions displaced, many of whom have fled to neighbouring Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. For those who remain, there is constant fear of conflict, of being caught up in the fighting between the many opposing […]

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