Brisbane’s midfield starting to roar

Seven games into his tenure at Brisbane Roar and former Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi finds himself in unfamiliar territory. For the second time this season, the Roar are leading the pack at the end of the round with Friday night’s 1-1 home draw against his former side Melbourne City enough [...]

Sarpong pivotal for Phoenix progression

Following a 1-1 draw against Central Coast Mariners, Wellington playmaker Michael McGlinchey just about summed up the Phoenix with a single sentence. "We’ve played well in spells in games [this season],” he said, “but not [for] long enough.” In the two matches that have taken place since that statement Wellington [...]


Gallop’s virtuous cycle

Up until the launch of the Whole of Football Plan, FFA chief executive David Gallop’s impact on football had been mainly the result of fortuitous timing and diligent execution of plans created mainly by his predecessors. As Gallop took the stage in front of the media on Sydney’s harbour on [...]

We shall remember them: Dockerty Cup final 1914

The Dockerty Cup Unbeknown to many at the time, the Dockerty Cup Final of 1914 was to be the end of a brief and exciting era in Melbourne soccer. It concluded eight years of rapid growth in the game in terms of both quality and public interest. The [...]


Pathways: Japan’s Pursuit of Technical Excellence

This is an extract from Scott McIntyre’s story for Leopold Method Quarterly Edition - Issue 2.  When the J.League was launched each club was mandated to have a commitment to youth development. Beginning in 1994 the J-Youth Cup was launched as a vehicle for club sides to play matches at [...]

The importance of entropy

Football is a microcosm of life. Two hugely powerful forces are prevalent in both, dancing and wrestling with each other for power and keeping them in balance is of utmost importance for coaches. The first of these forces is Entropy. Chaos, calculated destruction. The breakdown of intelligence and structure into [...]


History or heritage: FFA plans for a football museum

Football Federation Australia launched its whole of football strategy for the next 20 years on 5 May. Among the many targets of the document is a national museum for the code. “In the future football will celebrate our history,” said the report. “Football must establish a Football Museum to acknowledge the [...]

The long road to Asia

This is an extract from Joe Gorman’s story for Leopold Method Quarterly Edition – Issue 2. Australia’s relationship with Asia in football stretches as far back as 1923, when a Chinese side toured the country to enormous crowds, but for almost a century there were peaks and troughs when it [...]