Abolish the penalty kick?

Ian Plenderleith raises the question at Soccer America: In the majority of cases … the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Minor fouls or unintentional handballs are punished with an almost certain goal opportunity (and even more so now under the dissembling new handball rule ‘clarification’). Replacing the penalty kick with an indirect free-kick would benefit… Read More

Game-by-game guide to Women’s World Cup group stage

Three basic icons here: 📺 ️- must-watch ☠️ – must-win 🏏- country also playing in Cricket World Cup on same day Times Eastern Friday, June 7 3 p.m., FS1: France vs South Korea. Traditional first-day favorable matchup for the hosts. Saturday, June 8 📺 9 a.m., FS1: Germany vs China. Does China have anything to… Read More

Want to make soccer a “top sport” in the USA, Mr. Infantino? Here’s your checklist

Let’s say this first about the White House visit by FIFA president Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro: The “red card to the media” stunt was disgraceful. Maybe Infantino is unaware that the current occupant of the White House has incited hatred toward the media — not just the usual complaints about unfair… Read More