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Posted Dec 13/17 - The Money Grab


FIFA Considering Replacing International Friendlies With New 'World League'


FIFA are considering replacing international friendlies with a new 'World League', Estadao have reported. This implementation would last a whole year and divide nations into first, second and third divisions.

The proposal comes with FIFA conducting a broad review of international tournaments ahead of next summer's World Cup.

Friendlies have proved increasingly unpopular given the focus on club football and there is a growing perception that they are nothing more than a distraction.

The 'World League' appears to have similarities to the 'UEFA Nations League', which is how European countries will qualify for the 2020 European Championship.

That has led to complaints from South American nations such as Argentina and Brazil who are finding it harder to play lucrative games against European opposition.

FIFA are now discussing the idea of the 'World League', which would likely be introduced in 2019 and involve sides from different continents.

The divisions would represent the quality of the countries involved using the world rankings as a criteria, and would be played over the duration of a year.

It might not be the only overhaul planned by football's world governing body. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed that all competitions in men's and women's international football will be evaluated to make them more attractive to a wider audience, and that the review will be completed by March of next year.

Posted Nov 17/17 - Confusing Message

The former U.S. boss does not believe the nation’s developmental system is broken but thinks MLS needs to get more young Americans on the field

Bruce Arena thinks Major League Soccer needs to feature more young American players and is open to the league requiring teams to have a quota of U.S. players. 

The former U.S. national team manager voiced his thoughts on Fox Sports 1 following the U.S. national team’s 1-1 draw with Portugal in its first friendly since a shock World Cup elimination in October.

Arena was asked about the idea that the U.S. was not doing enough to discover young players and dismissed that thought, arguing that U.S. Soccer is not broken and talent on display at the youth levels is proof.




Posted Nov 13/17 - The Nones!

The Nones-

Designating those who identify with no religious tradition at all.

1.Modern sports stadiums function much like great cathedrals bringing communities together and focusing their colletive energy

2.Many children parents and grandparents would not miss a scheduled practice, much less a game or competitive event

3.Secularization does not necessarily mean the disappearance of religious faith, but merely the demotion of religious involvement and identification to a level lower than those granted to sports.

The Shared Inclinations of Sports and Religion


2.Epic Battles

3.Ritual Dress

4.The Concept of Destiny

5.And the aforementioned ability to influence events you're not directly involved in

6.Through Prayer



From the Book (Where Religion and Sports Collide and Sports Win) by Derek Beres

Posted Nov 12/17 - Guide On

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Posted Nov 6/17 - NASL Lawsuit Fails to Retain Division II Status for 2018

NASL Lawsuit Fails to Retain Division II Status for 2018

By on November 4, 2017 in MLS

The North American Soccer League (NASL) lost the first round of a legal fight against U.S. Soccer (USSF) to retain Division II status, as U.S. District Court Judge Margo Brodie denies the request for an immediate injunction based on antitrust claims — an injunction the league says is crucial to short-term survival.

The NASL lawsuit argued that the decision to demote the circuit from Division II to Division III status would irreparably harm league owners. Their argument: the United Soccer League (USL) had plotted with Major League Soccer (MLS) and its affiliated arm, Soccer United Marketing (SUM), to put NASL out of business. Playing at Division III would impede NASL’s ability to attract new investors and new teams, e USSF officials say that putting aside its decision about Division II status would diminish its place in the marketplace and with FIFA.

A key argument in the NASL case: the professional league standards (PLS) set up by USSF was arbitrary and designed to prevent free NASL throughout the U.S. soccer industry, including the denial of NASL to move to Division I status in 2015. The current PLS calls for a Division II league to feature 12 teams across at least three time zones, a standard not met in the recent past and not previously projected for NASL in 2018. The USSF argument: the PNS is required to bring order to the industry.

“As (U.S. Soccer) argues, the PLS may have been necessary and directly responsible for the growth of soccer in the United States,” Brodie wrote in her decision. “While (the NASL) may ultimately be correct in its assessment that the PLS create more harms than benefits, the Court cannot conclude, based on the evidence thus far, that (the NASL) has demonstrated a clear showing of entitlement to relief on these grounds.”

NASL attorneys did indeed persuade Brodie that the move would cause the league irreparable harm, but is not something that automatically leads to immediate relief in the court system. To have prevailed on the request for immediate relief, she wrote, NASL would have needed to prove some level of conspiracy, but a conspiracy between USL and MLS was never established and was dismissed as being circumstantial.

It’s important to note that was a request for a preliminary injunction and not a hearing on the full merits of the case. There are still a slew of options for NASL: appeal this decision to a higher court (which is always a tough sell and could take months to resolve), move forward with a plan to add several teams to the existing eight (or six) teams or making another run at Division II status in the future while proceeding with this lawsuit. (Remember, this court proceeding was for a preliminary injunction.) It could also play as an independent league, but that puts the NASL as an outcast league, unable to participate in the U.S. Open Cup tournament. Propping up several new teams to meet USSF Division II standards will require lots of capital, and with North Carolina FC apparently out the door to join USF and San Francisco Deltas looking at folding the team, and other team owners on the fence about what path to succeed, some hard decisions are in the works. Indeed, with rumors about Indy Eleven and FC Edmonton defecting as well, there could be only four existing NASL teams in business for 2018.

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