A-League Checkpoint: Wellington, Wanderers, Mariners, Perth and City

Now two-thirds of the way through the current A-League season, it’s time for another progress check. Starting with Wellington Phoenix, here’s a look at how the season is unfolding for five of the teams in the competition: Wellington Phoenix Wellington started the season with a kind of inconsistent promise. When [...]

A-League Checkpoint: Brisbane, Sydney, Victory, Newcastle and Adelaide

Brisbane Roar Eighteen rounds into the current A-League season and Brisbane Roar find themselves in second place, behind leaders Western Sydney Wanderers by only goal difference. Their 30 goals is beaten only the scoring machine that is Melbourne City while the 21 goals they have conceded is the third best [...]


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 [...]

I Am Not a Professional Historian: I’m a Human Being

I am not a professional historian. Yes, I get paid to research and write. And yes, I write history. But I am not a professional historian. I came to my history work through the back door. More interested in rhetoric, literature and the politics and poetics of language (with a PhD [...]


Pathways: Japan’s Pursuit of Technical Excellence

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 junior level. By the turn of the century the emphasis on youth football was further enshrined [...]

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 [...]


Australian soccer on the edge of legitimacy

Soccer has contended with dogs, demons and destabilisers since the first spherical balls rolled off the ships in the 1830s. The game’s legitimacy has been questioned by those outside the game ever since it was first advocated in the 1860s and while its first fleeting steps of organisation were taken [...]

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 [...]