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Craig Foster

As SBS's chief football analyst, Craig provides expert opinion and unrivalled insight. He has also represented the Socceroos and played abroad. Follow @Craig_Foster on Twitter.

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The 12th A-League grand final brings far more than an opportunity for Graham Arnold or Kevin Muscat and their respective clubs to create new records, it brings a chance to reflect on our broader game in a moment of intense but extremely positive...
The game is now coming to terms with many aspects left unchecked since the restructure early this century. The autocratic governance process has run its course. The FIFA edicts came at a good time. The alterations will release much frustra...

An ode to offside

I know FIFA Technical Director, Marco van Basten raised a number of highly controversial proposals last week, but it has taken me that long to process them given the preposterous nature of quite a few.
He did have several reasonable proposals. To limit the ever growing load on professional players and to allow only team captains to speak with the referee throughout the game (which is long overdue) among them. However, his credibility as ...
FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams was met with criticism, but Australians should avoid hypocrisy when joining in as expansion has been in our interests in the past.
The FIFA World Cup should be thoroughly reviewed in all aspects and expansion is not, in itself, negative.  However, as always, the process is clouded by self interest, political expediency and the residual stench of what commercialisation...
The most important part of the inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships is that it was organic, real, came from the community itself and is, unlike many programs past, sustainable.
Perhaps that is what it took all along. Not for the governing body to impose another short term, fabricated venture however well intentioned, but for our indigenous football community to take ownership and lead the way. Friday and Saturday...
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have a shared history and now share a city. However, they couldn't be more different on and off the field.
On one side we have Manchester United manager Mourinho and at the other end we have Manchester City boss Guardiola. The match is fascinating for the journey these two greats have undertaken, for their shared history and for the alchemy tha...
There can have been few, if any seasons, certainly not in the EPL, where the overwhelming majority of interest and anticipation has been centred around the technical areas rather than the players.
Follow @TheWorldGame This season’s Premier League hits a new high in this regard. Since Arsene Wenger’s arrival in 1996, which ushered is a new era of foreign players, the globalisation of the English league, with the percentage of Englis...
Getting to the game shortly, most important from Sunday afternoon's A-League Grand Final was the sensational occasion.
Follow @TheWorldGame A crowd of 50,119 packed into Adelaide Oval, screaming and chanting from an hour before the game until well after, an atmosphere as good as you’ll find in any corner of the world and a thrilling contest to enjoy. Well...
We are always looking for trends, for ways football is changing, evolving and coaches learning. Make no mistake, this 2015-2016 A-League season has been a beauty for attacking teams.
Follow @TheWorldGame Adelaide United varied their play between full proactive and, at times and especially away, reactive by sitting back and countering, a huge change from last season. Western Sydney Wanderers’ transformation is now stuf...
John Moriarty’s life began in Borroloola, led to Adelaide as one of the Stolen Generation and now the historic donation and demonstration of respect by the Socceroos has brought him full circle, in a sense.
Follow @TheWorldGame It closes the loop perfectly in that it is the game that saved him as a young man, and particularly the heroes in green and gold for whom he was once selected, who now provide the impetus for John to change the destin...
Two aspects of Australia's 7-0 mauling of Tajikistan made the FIFA World Cup qualifying win immensely exciting - the return of Tom Rogic and the emergence of Brad Smith.
As much as I am itching to get to Rogic, it is the performance of Smith that is the real story of the Adelaide Oval match. An exceptionally strong match and - admitting the defensive duties were not onerous, to say the least - experience ...