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 … Continue reading Abolish the penalty kick?
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 offer … Continue reading Game-by-game guide to Women’s World Cup group stage
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 … Continue reading Want to make soccer a “top sport” in the USA, Mr. Infantino? Here’s your checklist
The just-concluded World Cup is being hailed as many things -- great, the greatest in a while, the greatest ever. It was certainly unique, as Soccer America's Paul Kennedy says: an unusually high number of own goals, an unusually low number of red cards and fouls. (Granted, you could attribute the latter to the notion … Continue reading Best World Cup ever? Three reasons why it wasn’t
Remember when the U.S. soccer community was all united and welcoming? No? Then you'll have to trust me. It did indeed happen. If you don't trust me, trust Michael J. Agovino, author of The Soccer Diaries: An American's Thirty-Year Pursuit of the International Game (coincidentally, thanks to a buyout of my publisher, now issued by the same … Continue reading The old “secret society” of soccer fandom and what we’ve lost