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Football deserves better than that

Efforts by anyone in the media to use isolated incidents to belittle football are embarrassing and should not be accepted by readers, regardless of which sport you love.
Efforts by anyone in the media to use isolated incidents to belittle football are embarrassing and a slight on Australia's sporting public, which is far more savvy than many would give it credit for....

Where is Australian football going?

What kind of footballing nation do we want? What are our demands when it comes to playing style? Do we even care about the contents as long as we win?
These are the questions that permeate Australian football. Some love seeing silky, sleek combination football, some the physical side to the game, others the tactical battle, many don’t care as long as the team wins. It’s a taste thing. B...

It's time to get serious about junior coaching

A team of 12-year-old Koreans highlighted the alarming gulf in junior coaching standards between Australia and our Asia rivals.
Several weeks ago I attended the Kanga Cup - the biggest junior tournament in the southern hemisphere. One team that really caught my eye was PoCheolDong PS from Korea - a team of 12-year-olds playing an age group up. ...

We must educate our kids

It would be too easy to blame Jan Versleijen or the AIS for problems which begin at the junior levels of our game.
I left McKellar stadium in Canberra deeply concerned. I had just watched the Joeys get past Malaysia and Laos in the first phase of Asian qualifying, but they were far from convincing. Now that we’ve been bounced out of the FIFA U17 World Cup wit...