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  • Preview: Nashville SC (a).
    28 September 2021

    When? Wednesday September 29, 5:30 p.m. PT, 8:30 p.m. ET and 1:30 a.m. BST (30/9).

    Where? Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN.

    How can I catch the action? MLS Live on ESPN+ and Dazn for residents of the United States. The game will also be broadcast on Fox 35 Plus and LionNationTV for residents of central Florida. The game will also be available via radio broadcast on FM 96.9 The Game, Accion 97.9 FM and 810 AM. The game is not currently scheduled for UK broadcast.

    Orlando City's latest defeat, against the Revs, left a bitter taste in the mouth for some. Orlando certainly gave a good account of themselves, however. And were only a spot-kick away from taking a highly credible share of the spoils. With that defeat, Orlando slipped down to 5th in the eastern conference standings. 'Summertime Sadness' seems to weigh over this club like a millstone. The feeling has been compounded by a treacherous run in for the Lions. Of Orlando's remaining 8 games, 6 are against play-off teams. Yikes.

    Nashville isn't exactly going to be a cake walk either. Gary Smith's team have been in scintillating form of late, winning 5 of their last 7 games (heading into their game with Chicago on Sunday). Orlando City can certainly take heart from their recent 1-1 draw in the Music City. I'm not convinced a draw is going to cut the mustard, though. The teams around us all have winnable games midweek. I think Orlando City need to win this game, if they're to maintain hopes of a home play-off berth.

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    Nashville's style

    Nashville are one of the form teams in MLS now, so this match will be no easy task. They are a compact, well-drilled side who have plenty of pace and quality in the forward and wide areas. They're a team that's really found its feet in front of goal, as their overall 1.70 XG rating will attest too (figure 1). As will the 44 goals they've scored; for context, only D.C. United and New England Revolution have scored more.

    It's at home where they really light it up, though. Gary Smith's team have a home XG rating of 2.01 and have averaged 2.21 goals at Nissan Stadium so far this season. After 4 consecutive road trips, you have to feel they'll be glad of home comforts for this one. The pace and quality of the likes of Randall Leal and Hany Mukhtar are likely to pose significant problems for this Orlando City defence.

    The old saying goes 'there's two sides to this coin', and this certainly applies to Nashville SC. As well as having quality in forward areas, they're no slouches defensively, especially at home. Nashville has kept 5 clean sheets from 14 home games, and has yet to concede more than 2 (figure 2). Crucially, they've yet to lose at home either (figure 3). A win for Orlando City here would be huge.

    Figure 1 shows some goalscoring statistics for Nashville, on the season so far.

    Figure 2 shows some goal concession statistics for Nashville on the season so far.

    Figure 3 shows Nashville's home results so far.

    Team news

    According to the MLS injury report Nashville are benefitting from a clean bill of health, and also free of any disciplinary issues. That must be nice, eh?

    Orlando City, meanwhile, are certainly without Alexandre Pato and are likely to be without Joey DeZart and Uri Rosell. Chris Mueller will face a late fitness test. Mason Stajduhar has been medically cleared to play.

    Possible starting XI

    Given their lack of injury concerns, and their current form, I'd be surprised to see any real changes. As such, I can see them lining up as such, in a 3-5-2 formation:

    Top player

    Hany Mukhtar

    Mukhtar has established himself as one of the top forwards in Major League Soccer this season. His 12 goals and 9 assists have been a huge part in Nashville's ascension to 2nd in the east. He's totalled 1,885 minutes across 21 starts and 3 substitute appearances. The German-born striker has also amassed a very impressive conversion rate of 21.4% from 56 shots, and has averaged a goal every 157 minutes.


    With 5 wins in their last 9 games, and just 2 defeats, Nashville have been in very good form. They've usurped ourselves and currently sit 2nd in the east, with an 11-12-3 record.

    Orlando, on the other hand, are on a run of 4 successive defeats and have slipped down to 5th. Orlando are currently 10-8-8 on the season.

    *All statistics courtesy of and

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  • The Equalizer Podcast: Playoff race heats upExtra
    28 September 2021

    Claire Watkins and John Halloran break down all of this weekend’s NWSL action. Despite some surprising results, the table remains tight and the playoff picture very unclear. They also look back on the USWNT’s win over Paraguay and what the results mean for players like Mallory Pugh and Catarina Macario.

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  • #TogetherUnbreakable: In support of Afghan Women footballers
    28 September 2021

    Players are among those joining FIFPRO’s fundraising #togetherunbreakable campaign to support more than 75 women footballers evacuated from Afghanistan in August. Merel van Dongen, the Atlético Madrid and Netherlands defender, is lending her support to [...]

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  • PREVIEW: Brighton & Hove Albion v Charlton Athletic
    28 September 2021
    Brighton & Hove Albion and Charlton Athletic will be hoping to move to within a game of a Wembley appearance when the pair contest their delayed Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at The People’s Pension Stadium on Wednesday evening.

    Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion side have started the new Barclays FA Women’s Super League season strongly but they come up against a Charlton Athletic side who are aiming to reach the top flight themselves in future years after turning full-time over the summer.

    The hosts go into the tie having beaten Bristol City and Huddersfield Town in the fourth and fifth rounds of the competition in May. Powell’s side were top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table after two games but they surrendered pole position on Sunday as they went down 1-0 at home to Aston Villa.

    Charlton Athletic go into the tie flying the flag for the FA Women’s Championship. The Addicks are the only second tier side remaining in the competition after narrowly seeing off Oxford United and Blackburn Rovers in the previous rounds. The Addicks boss Karen Hills is again set to be without forward Lauren Bruton while Beth Roe is thought to be ineligible to face her former club.

    The Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Charlton Athletic kicks-off at 7pm on Wednesday evening.

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  • FAWSL Week 3: Round-up
    28 September 2021

    Last season’s top four all met during week 3 with London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea both winning by five-goal margins over their Manchester rivals; Spurs join the Gunners at the top of the WSL with maximum points; Aston Villa remain unbeaten; West Ham got their first home win in over a season’s-worth of football; Everton got off the mark against (now) bottom club Birmingham; still no points and no goals for Reading…

    Everton 3-1 Birmingham City

    New signings on target.
    First win of the season.
    Return of fans at Walton Hall Park.@WillieKirk reflected on today's win over Birmingham City.#BarclaysFAWSL

    — Everton Women (@EvertonWomen) September 25, 2021
    Everton boss, Willie Kirk: “The most important thing today was three points…”

    Everton finally got their 2021/22 WSL campaign up and running with a disciplined 3-1 win against fellow basement-dwellers Birmingham City.

    The Toffees had 14 efforts on goal but only four of them hit the target. Mercifully for manager Willie Kirk, three of those chances went in.

    They got off to a decent start at Walton Hall Park, taking the lead inside 13 minutes when former Gunners right-back Leonie Maier was in the right place to fire the ball in off defender Harriet Scott after Grace Clinton’s initial effort was blocked.

    But the Blues (of Birmingham) levelled in the 32nd minute when Jade Pennock picked up Lucy Quinn’s pass 30-yards, dropped her shoulder and hit a low drive past Sandy MacIver from just inside the penalty area.

    Kirk decided to bring record signing Hanna Bennison into the action at the start of the second half and the 18-year old Swedish midfielder delivered a moment of quality in the 73rd minute to put the hosts back in front. She worked a neat 1-2 with Toni Duggan, engineering a yard of space in the ‘D’ before she thumped the ball into the keeper’s top right-hand corner.

    Another Scandinavian substitute made the game safe in stoppage time. Christiansen’s corner from the right in the 97th minute was aimed at three team mates arriving at the far post. Danish centre back Rikke Sevecke got the nod and 3-1 it finished.

    “We were much better in possession as well and threatened them. We scored a really good goal as well. We are disappointed with the third goal, but ultimately, we wanted improvement from the players, and we definitely got it. In the final phase [of the match], I think there were just a lot of tired legs out there. They were able to make a number of top-class changes, and that is always an issue late on in a game. We will continue working on things and look to improve even more.”

    Scott Booth, Head Coach, Birmingham City, via

    Birmingham now prop up the table because of their goal difference. There are still two other teams on zero points. They host Manchester United next on Sunday 3rd October.

    Everton climbed to ninth. They travel to Reading on the same day, in the knowledge that the Royals will still be looking for their first points of the campaign.

    Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea Substitute Drew Spence is mobbed after she scored Chelsea’s fifth goal at United.

    Chelsea were in irresistible form as they blew out Manchester United at the Leigh Sports Village.

    Fran Kirby got the train rolling just two minutes in after the Red Devils had gifted Sam Kerr the ball in their own penalty area.

    Pernille Harder scored a brilliant solo effort in the 24th minute, outpacing Jackie Groenen and Maria Thorisdottir before dinking the ball over Mary Earps from 7-yards.

    Kirby provided an assist for Kerr just before the break and the Australian was on the scoresheet again in the 51st minute, restoring Chelsea’s three-goal lead after United substitute Alessia Russo had reduced the arrears – albeit briefly.

    The visitors’ complement of high quality substitutes took the game further away from United in the final few moments. Midfielder Drew Spence scored with a low drive inside the box and, although she was denied a second goal in stoppage time by keeper Mary Earps, Canadian gold medallist Jessie Fleming was following in to put away the rebound.

    United could point to a couple of offside decisions that didn’t go their way, particularly on Kerr’s second strike, but Emma Hayes’ side were significantly stronger over the 90 minutes.

    There is a full report on this match here.

    Chelsea moved up to fourth in the standings following this victory. They host Brighton & Hove Albion at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 2nd October (the early game), a fixture that has not always been smooth sailing for the Blues in recent seasons.

    United’s 100% record was decimated and the goal differential against Chelsea meant they nosedived to sixth in the WSL. Marc Skinner’s side will look to recover their composure with an early-evening visit to Birmingham City on Sunday 3rd October.

    Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Aston Villa Villa’s new Aussie import, striker Emily Gielnik scores the winner at Brighton…

    Aston Villa extended their unbeaten run, edging a tight encounter with Brighton at the Broadfield Stadium.

    Clear cut chances were few and far between with both teams largely cancelling each other out. Seagulls’ left winger Rinsola Babajide drew a good stop from Hannah Hampton at her near post in the first half, before Villa’s ‘Chaney’ Boye-Hlorkah tried a distance effort that Megan Walsh gathered easily.

    The only goal of the game came three minutes into the second half. Freya Gregory won an aerial duel in midfield, releasing Emily Gielnik in behind the Brighton back line. The 6′ ft Australian raced away from three defenders before coolly clipping the ball past Walsh into the far corner.

    The home side tried to rally. Aileen Whelan arrived to meet Megan Connolly’s free-kick from halfway, but was stretching and couldn’t guide the ball on target.

    Ramona Petzelberger had an opportunity to put the game beyond Brighton’s reach but drove over the bar, after nice approach play down the right involving Remi Allen, Gielnik and Sarah Mayling.

    The Seagull’s nearly got a bizarre equaliser towards the end. Keeper Hampton shot out of her penalty area to clear the ball, but only succeeded in whacking it against the onrushing Kayleigh Green. Villa fans (who were no strangers to their team letting a lead slip late in games last season) were grateful to watch the ball ricochet wide of the goal.

    @cwardy7's thoughts on this afternoon's victory in Sussex…

    — Aston Villa Women (@AVWFCOfficial) September 26, 2021
    Villa boss Carla Ward: “The performance of the season so far…”

    Brighton slip to fifth but should still be pleased with a decent start to this campaign. Next up, they travel to Chelsea on Saturday 2nd October. With the Blues now getting into their groove a casual observer might assume an easy home win. But Hope Powell’s side have proven to be stubborn opponents for the reigning champions in recent seasons.

    Carla Ward’s squad host league leaders Arsenal in a match that has been brought forward to allow the Gunners extra time to prepare for their midweek Champions League commitments – the small matter of a visit to FC Barcelona. The game will go ahead tea time on Saturday 2nd October.

    Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Reading Spurs dominated, but it was 21-year old Jessica Naz who showed maturity and composure to grab a late winner against Reading.

    Spurs maintained their 100% start to the campaign, nudging past winless Reading with a late strike from Jessica Naz.

    The home side registered eight efforts on target to Reading’s one, which tells you a little bit about the performance of Royals’ keeper Grace Moloney and a little more about Spurs’ finishing. They had more than enough chances to wrap this game up earlier than they did.

    Distance efforts abounded with Kit Graham, Chioma Ubogagu and Ashleigh Neville all chancing their arm without success.

    The hosts’ best moment of the first half came when Ria Percival engineered a two on one overload but Moloney denied Graham at point blank range. Chioma recycled the loose ball but Moloney got finger tips on her low cross. The ball broke to Percival but she couldn’t beat Natasha Harding on the goal line.

    Rachel Williams had two sights of goal in the second period, but couldn’t finish. As the game edged towards its finale Graham brought the best save yet out of Moloney who parried to her right.

    The breakthrough came with five minutes remaining. Substitute Tang Jiali lofted the ball over the Royals’ back line and Naz darted into the penalty box, shrugged off a defender and slid the ball past the keeper.

    "The players deserve the result, everybody worked so hard."

    Rehanne on today's win against Reading!

    — Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) September 26, 2021
    Spurs Head Coach Rehanne Skinner: “We kept going and got the win in the end…”

    These two clubs seem to be going in different directions. Reading are the only WSL team that hasn’t scored since the start of the season [although poor officiating denied them a perfectly good strike against Manchester United Ed.]. They simply didn’t look like they had a goal in them against Spurs. The Royals host Everton on Sunday 3rd October with manager Kelly Chambers already mulling over phrases like ‘failure is not an option’ and ‘must-win-game’.

    “I said to the team in the changing room straight after the match, we’ve got to find some character. The result today has hurt a lot, it’s hurt me very much, and I know it’s the same for the players. But now we go again, prepare for Everton, and people have got to stand up, pump their chests out and be ready for the challenge ahead. One thing we can take from this today is we all need to show our character, to bounce back, and put in a good performance in front of our fans.”

    Kelly Chambers, Manager, Reading, via

    Spurs conversely have picked up single goal wins over Birmingham and Reading, and enjoyed the benefits of some poor officiating when they turned over Manchester City at the Academy Stadium courtesy of a bizarre handball / own goal combo.

    Rehanne Skinner’s side go to Leicester next, the only other side in the division that has failed to get any points on the board. Spurs’ confidence is high and they’ve had a bit of luck on their side. They will want to continue making hay while that sun is still shining…

    West Ham United 4-0 Leicester City Australian midfielder Tameka Yallop: A sparkling, goal scoring debut for West Ham United…

    West Ham picked up their first home league victory since the 2019/20 season, comfortably dispatching newly promoted side Leicester City.

    The Hammers started well and Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, Kate Longhurst and Tameka Yallop all went close to opening the scoring.

    It was ‘all-action’ Yallop, on her Hammers debut, that finally broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, speeding after Longhurst’s long ball down the right, holding off Abbie McManus and slotting to the keeper’s left from six yards.

    Twelve minutes later Olli Harder’s side extended their lead. A cross came in from the left which Gilly Flaherty deftly headed in Claudia Walker’s path and the former Birmingham finished with a flick off the outside of her boot.

    Leicester would have wanted to hold out until the interval to regroup. But they were undone in first half stoppage time from another left-wing delivery. Foxes defender Ashley Plumptre had plenty of time to deal with Adriana Leon’s ball in, under no pressure, but she inexplicably took a wild swing and sliced it into her own net.

    The visitors improved in the second half with Moly Pike and Esmee De Graaf nearly getting on the scoresheet.

    But West Ham wrapped up a 4-0 win when Walker and Yui Hasegawa combined to fashion a cross from the left that Yallop intitially headed against the cross bar, but it pinballed off the back of keeper Kirstie Levell and into the goal.

    "It was a really pleasing performance after a couple of weeks off; it was nice to see some attacking combinations coming to fruition."

    Olli Harder's verdict from yesterday's big win…

    — West Ham United Women (@westhamwomen) September 27, 2021
    West Ham Manager Olli Harder: getting his players “starting on the front foot” more this season…

    West Ham moved into seventh spot in the table and visit the Academy Stadium next to take on an injury-ravaged Manchester City side that are one place below them in the table. That match is on Sunday 3rd October.

    Leicester City remain pointless, in terms of the league standings, but are sat tenth courtesy of the goal they scored against Manchester United in week 2. It’s been a tough start for Jonathan Morgan’s side and next they face Tottenham Hotspur (also on 3rd Oct) who have maximum points from their opening three fixtures.

    “We are disappointed with today, but we can put it down to one of those days where we were just off. We’ll look to regroup now, move forward and go again. We knew they start fast and we knew it was going to be quite an open game based on the way the two teams play, but unfortunately for us we didn’t have the quality in possession today and we just mixed up a few things out of possession. It just boils down to the fact that we probably played into their hands a little bit today.”

    Jonathan Morgan, Manager, Leicester City, via
    Arsenal 5-0 Manchester City Gunners Captain Kim Little enjoys her brace against Manchester City…

    The Gunners returned to the top of the Women’s Super League and maintained their 100% start to the campaign with a comprehensive mauling of title rivals Manchester City.

    The visitors totally dominated the possession stats but the old adage “it’s what you do with it” that loomed large as Arsenal more than doubled the number of shots on target that City were able to generate.

    “Possession is useless as a stat if it can’t be combined with a result. There are different ways to control a game and in most aspects of the game we controlled it in a good way today, in defence and offence. We talked before the season about putting pressure on ourselves to get better results in these [big] games and we were very honest about it so we are really happy to turn it around but we still have plenty to develop, we are still early in the process. The results have been great but we can’t get carried away.”

    Jonas Eidevall, Head Coach, Arsenal, via

    The hosts went in front in the tenth minute when Alanna Kennedy got her back pass to Karima Benameur all wrong. Beth Mead charged in to a foot race with the keeper, won it, played Vivianne Miedema into the penalty area and the Dutch striker fired past two defenders.

    More lacklustre City defending allowed the Gunners to get their second. Kim Little got on to Miedema’s flick round the corner and shook off the attention of three defenders before lashing the ball into the keeper’s top left-hand corner.

    On the hour Arsenal picked the visiting back line apart with a rudimentary ball over the top. Katie McCabe, playing in a more advanced left-wing role, got to the ball first, bundled her way through a couple of lightweight challenges and hammered the ball into the roof of the net from ten yards out.

    Ellen White almost gave the City contingent something to cheer when she ran on to Vicky Losada’s..

  • Regional Leagues Round-Up: 600+ watch Northampton Town Women
    28 September 2021

    Northampton Town attracted over 600 fans for their East Midlands Women’s Regional Leagues match at Sixfields Stadium. EASTERN – Cheshunt and Wootton new first division leaders Premier – Defeats for teams sitting second and third, [...]

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  • PREVIEW: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
    28 September 2021
    There is a North London derby in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on Wednesday evening with Arsenal taking on Tottenham Hotspur at Meadow Park.

    Arsenal go into the tie having already beaten lower league opponents Gillingham and Crystal Palace while Spurs have defeated Reading and Sheffield United so far in this season’s competition.

    Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall will make an assessment of defender Jen Beattie’s injury ahead of the match with the player having picked up a knock in the 5-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday. The Gunners continue to be without injured pair Simone Boye Sørensen and Malin Gut. Jordan Nobbs and Viktoria Schnaderbeck returned to the Arsenal squad for Sunday’s game against Manchester City and could be given some minutes.

    Tottenham Hotspur travel to Boreham Wood on the back of three wins out of three in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. Head coach Rehanne Skinner could keep faith with the side which battled to a 1-0 victory over Reading at The Hive on Sunday. Australian international Kyah Simon remains Spurs’ only absentee with the player currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

    Wednesday’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is scheduled to kick-off at 7.15pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Four.

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  • PREVIEW: Birmingham City v Chelsea
    28 September 2021
    Birmingham City and Chelsea will hope to take another step towards Wembley on Wednesday evening when the pair contest their long-awaited Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at St Andrew’s.

    The hosts find themselves in the last eight after seeing off Coventry United and Southampton back in May while Chelsea have defeated London City Lionesses and Everton in this season’s competition.

    Birmingham City go into their latest match on the back of a three-match losing run in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. Head coach Scott Booth remains without long term absentees Christie Murray and Arabella Suttie through injury, reducing his options in what is already a very small squad.

    Chelsea travel to The Midlands just three days after recording a resounding 6-1 victory over Manchester United at The Leigh Sports Village. Scotland international Erin Cuthbert missed that match as a result of concussion protocols but she could return to action at St Andrew’s while defender Maren Mjelde is set to be Chelsea’s only absentee. Manager Emma Hayes is likely to use the match to rotate her squad with a hectic domestic and European fixture schedule ahead.

    The Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie between Birmingham City and Chelsea at St Andrew’s kicks-off at 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.

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  • This Week In Buffalo State Athletics - September 27, 2021
    28 September 2021

    BUFFALO, NY – It is Homecoming Week! Buffalo State fall sports teams have three events this weekend at home. Men's soccer continues SUNYAC conference play with a game on Friday night against Oswego at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the football team takes on Union College at 12 p.m. and men's soccer has a showdown with Cortland immediately after at 4 p.m. Come out and support your Bengals!
  • [Women's Soccer] Karhayu Named NCCAA National Student-Athlete of the Week
    28 September 2021

    BU Awards Page | NCCAA Release

    GREENVILLE, S.C. – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced the National Student-Athlete of the Week Award winners for the week of September 20-26. Esther Karhayu earned the honor of NCCAA Women's Soccer Offensive National Student-Athlete of the Week.


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  • The Red Wine Club
    28 September 2021

    Marcus, Andy and Vish discuss a spicy Monday night in the Prem, as the Seagulls spotted Patrick Vieira’s shiny head, swooped down and nicked his precious three points.

    There’s also time for the tragic life and times of Mark Clattenburg, featuring fist fights with other refs and Graham Poll’s Red Wine Club. Plus, the European Super League slip through UEFA’s net and the Premier League starts plans to move abroad. All in a good day’s work in villainous football administration, we suppose.

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  • The Biennial World Cup Plan | The People's Poll ep. 81| Planet #FPL
    28 September 2021

    UEFA don't want it, but maybe the rest of the World does... so is a biennial World Cup, held every other year something that could happen beginning as early as 2028?

    It might not be as far fetched as it sounds, but if it did happen what would be the impact on club football and the international calendar? How would qualifying for tournaments even work?

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  • Sound of Football Podcast 470 - A whole new ball game
    28 September 2021
    A charity match at Spennymoor Town this weekend, organised by charity Head For Change, tested two new rules designed to protect the long term health of players. The first half restricted heading the ball to penalty areas only, while the second half prohibited heading completely.

    As the danger of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football becomes clearer, could either of these options be the future of the game? How many other laws would need to be altered to keep the game as the spectacle it is now? Would a ban on heading alter the game so much that it would effectively become a different sport?

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  • Manchester United Pod - Lack of anything | MUGA
    28 September 2021

    Morayo is joined by Elijah, Stevie and Timi as they look back on a disappointing week in terms of results, discussing the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa in the league and 1-0 loss to West Ham in the league Cup. They look ahead to the midweek tie against Villarreal and finally answer listeners questions.

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  • Week 4 waiver wire report
    28 September 2021

    Host Ian Hartitz is joined by PFF senior analyst Dwain McFarland to break down the week's key waiver wire topics. (1:49) Quarterback conversation focuses on Derek Carr, Sam Darnold, Justin Fields, Daniel Jones and Teddy Bridgewater. (11:08) The big-five running backs discussed include: Chuba Hubbard, Zack Moss, J.J. Taylor, Peyton Barber and Gio Bernard. (20:40) Wide receiver conversation starts with a hell yeah to Josh Gordon joining the Chiefs, and also a note to get Rashod Bateman and/or Michael Gallup in your IR spot. The guys also discuss Emmanuel Sanders, Christian Kirk and the available tight end group (30:08).

  • Episode 196: Amy Sayer
    28 September 2021
    Women's World Football Show, Episode 196 - Featuring Amy Sayer, Australia Women’s National Team and Stanford University Midfielder.

    Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Amy Sayer came up through the national team youth system, playing for the U17 and U20 Australia Women's National Team. Starting academy play at only 11-years old, Amy was picked up by Canberra United of the W-League at just 14-years old. She then joined her hometown team Sydney FC before making her senior Matilda debut at Tournament of Nations in 2018 against Japan.

    After graduating high school, Amy brought her game to America where she's playing and studying at Stanford University. Now she's embracing American culture (yes she has a hunting license!) and improving her game to be the best she can be on the pitch and off. She talks about her role model Lisa DeVanna, Women's World Cup 2023, and more! Amy is part of the future of the Matildas and you do not want to miss this interview! (8')

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  • 2021.09.27 - Not Flashy
    28 September 2021
    A full house of Kris, Jez, Rich and Phil to round up game 9, the upcoming European games, and a nod to to the Coupe de France and Ligue 2.
  • Aston Villa Banish Manchester United and Ronaldo Hoodoo
    28 September 2021

    Dean Smith's 3-5-2 formation goes from strength to strength as it brings Villa their first win at Old Trafford since 2009.

    • AJ vs Usyk and the Bear cricket win.
    • Four or two year World Cups?
    • Drinking in football stadiums
    • Norwich City fan advice
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  • Episode 268- Jaap Stam Out
    28 September 2021
    Highlights from this week's show.

    On this week's show, we sit down and discuss FC Cincinnati's firing of Head Coach Jaap Stam.

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28 September 2021

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  • Episode 196: Amy Sayer
    28 September 2021
    Women's World Football Show, Episode 196 - Featuring Amy Sayer, Australia Women’s National Team and Stanford University Midfielder.

    Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Amy Sayer came up through the national team youth system, playing for the U17 and U20 Australia Women's National Team. Starting academy play at only 11-years old, Amy was picked up by Canberra United of the W-League at just 14-years old. She then joined her hometown team Sydney FC before making her senior Matilda debut at Tournament of Nations in 2018 against Japan.

    After graduating high school, Amy brought her game to America where she's playing and studying at Stanford University. Now she's embracing American culture (yes she has a hunting license!) and improving her game to be the best she can be on the pitch and off. She talks about her role model Lisa DeVanna, Women's World Cup 2023, and more! Amy is part of the future of the Matildas and you do not want to miss this interview! (8')

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  • Episode 64: Sophia Boman & Patricia Ward
    26 September 2021
    Gopher Soccer stars Sophia Boman and Patricia Ward talk to Matt LIVE from East Lansing about the bonkers Ohio State comeback, how veterans are thinking about the 5th year of NCAA eligibility due to COVID, who would make the All-Gopher Soccer 4x100 and 4x100 relay teams, and more!
  • Diego Chara | Talk Timbers | Sept. 22, 2021
    25 September 2021

    Hosts Jake Zivin and Joe Sleven welcome Ross Smith back as the trio chat talk with Timbers midfielder Diego Chara, take a look ahead to Portland's upcoming match with Real Salt Lake and discuss the impact of the new developments for the Leagues Cup.

  • Episode 63: Morgan Turner & Megan Malecha
    24 September 2021
    Minnesotans Morgan Turner and Megan Malecha star for the DePaul women's soccer team in Chicago, each winning player of the week honors this fall. Mark talks to them about choosing DePaul, playing for now-Gopher head coach Erin Chastain, playing on a field that rumbles as the train goes by, and more! (Note that there were some audio issues at the very beginning of this show so the first 4 minutes or so were trimmed to save your ears)
  • The Thorns Show, Episode 7: Sophie Clough
    22 September 2021

    The seventh episode of The Thorns Show gives us another look at the inner-workings of Thorns FC staff, with assistant coach Sophie Clough talking about her journey through the game, her time in Portland, and her role in helping Portland to the top of the NWSL standings. Clough also talks about the team's big win at North Carolina, the coming trip to Chicago, and her knowledge about the life and times of one Pierre Soubrier, the team's head athletic trainer.

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  • The Journey from Player to Coach
    17 September 2021

    In episode #329 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper chats with a veteran NWSL player about her journey from player to coach, and also gets an update on some of the recent drama surrounding the Washington Spirit (before the forfeit to the Reign).

    First, Jen talks with former NWSL striker and new Gotham FC assistant coach Bev Yanez about making the journey from player to coach, and how each of her experiences at different pro clubs — including INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan — shaped her as both a player and a former coach.

    Then Jen catches up with Jason Anderson of BlackAndRedUnited about the ongoing drama at Washington Spirit — and this was recorded before the forfeit to the Reign on September 12.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment reviews the NWSL playoffs format for 2021 – now featuring six teams! – and what the standings tiebreakers are.

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    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-plus-page comprehensive guide to the first eight seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also available for purchase: the Houston Dash almanac and commemorative 2020 Challenge Cup booklet.

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  • Episode 62: Lauren Donovan, Elizabeth Overberg, And Khyah Harper
    16 September 2021
    We sit down with *three* powerhouse first year players from the Gopher Soccer team that have taken on huge roles this fall. Matt talks to Lauren Donovan, Elizabeth Overberg, and Khyah Harper about their adjustment on the field, which Gopher Soccer players would make the best starting five in basketball, singing on the road trip bus, and more!
  • Catching Up, featuring Ross Smith | Josecarlos Van Rankin
    14 September 2021

    In this episode of Catching Up With, Ross Smith sits down with defender Josecarlos Van Rankin. They talk about Josecarlos' childhood, growing up in Pumas' academy, making his pro debut at Azteca, exploring the outdoors around Oregon and the role Peaky Blinders played in his efforts to learn English.

  • The Thorns Show, with Ann Schatz: Episode 4, featuring Bella Bixby
    10 September 2021

    Ann Schatz chats with Thorns FC goalkeeper Bella Bixby about the game cancellation against the Spirit, staying focused on what's at hand, the impact of goalkeeping coach Nadine Angerer has had on her and more.

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  • George Fochive | Talk Timbers | Sept. 8, 2021
    10 September 2021

    Hosts Jake Zivin and Joe Sleven welcome Portland Timbers midfielder George Fochive to the show about his second tour with the team, his play and how the season has been going for him. Plus, Jake and Joe talk about the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifying process.

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28 September 2021

Soccer Blogs
  • Liverpool journalist drops worrying Mo Salah claim; FSG should pay attention
    28 September 2021

    Simon Hughes, journalist at The Athletic, believes there are presently no ongoing talks between Liverpool and Mo Salah over a new contract.

    Speaking on The Red Agenda podcast, the reporter said that he thinks the Egyptian superstar deserves a new deal.

    MORE: Thiago has become a leading player for Liverpool – here’s how

    Citing Salah’s frankly ridiculous goal-scoring form and the way he looks after himself, Hughes believes Liverpool’s No.11 is actually getting better with age.

    As I understand, there isn’t any negotiation going on at the moment. I think there should be, I think he’s Liverpool’s best attacking player, I think he could play for a very long time,” the journalist said.

    We’ve spoken about this before in terms of the way he looks after himself, he doesn’t seem to be slowing up in any way – in fact, I think he’s getting better.

    We’re not judging his goals against the amazing first season when he scored what was it 44, 45 goals in a season? I think his all-round play is better, I think he’s a very important player.”

    Mo Salah has become one of the world’s best players under Jurgen Klopp

    If it’s indeed true that Liverpool aren’t actively in talks with Salah’s representatives over a fresh contract, owners FSG need to pay attention.

    The Egypt international is one of the best players and in the world and that isn’t going to change for a number of years, as we’ve seen with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    With less than 24 months left on his current contract with Liverpool, as per Forbes, Liverpool need to act sharpish if they want to avoid losing their talisman.

    The post Liverpool journalist drops worrying Mo Salah claim; FSG should pay attention appeared first on The Empire of The Kop.

  • Jurgen Klopp honours late Liverpool legend Roger Hunt: “Second to no-one”
    28 September 2021

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to club legend Roger Hunt, who sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 83.

    The former Reds striker passed away peacefully after a long illness, as confirmed in a statement on the club’s official website.

    With an astonishing 285 goals in 492 appearances between 1958 and 1969, Sir Roger is the second-highest goalscorer in Liverpool’s rich history.

    Klopp, speaking shortly after the club legend’s passing, said Hunt is “second to no-one” in terms of importance.

    It’s really sad news and our thoughts and our love go to his family,” the Liverpool manager said, as per the club’s official website.

    Unfortunately, it feels too frequent in this moment we are saying farewell to these giants of our club. Roger Hunt comes second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear.

    To be the goalscoring catalyst of the Shankly team to actually achieve promotion and then go on to win those precious league titles and the FA Cup puts him in a bracket of LFC legends who are responsible for making us the club we are today. Not only that, he was also a World Cup winner in 1966, too.

    I am told the Kop christened him ‘Sir Roger’ for all his achievements. A goalscorer who never stopped working to help his teammates; I believe he would have fit in well within our current team. So, it is Sir Roger we will remember, honour and pay tribute to over the coming days.

    You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

    As highlighted by Klopp, Hunt remains in a very prestigious bracket when it comes to Liverpool legends.

    His many years with the club has elevated his status to beyond that of a typical superstar – without Sir Roger, LFC simply wouldn’t be the club it is today.

    Claiming a World Cup title with England in 1966 is another crowning achievement from Hunt’s playing career.

    The post Jurgen Klopp honours late Liverpool legend Roger Hunt: “Second to no-one” appeared first on The Empire of The Kop.

  • Tactics Column: Hale End Product
    28 September 2021

    “Mikel Arteta has helped them both to make a lot of actions near to the box. The qualities one against one, we say to the wingers when you receive the ball, if the control is good, the shape is good, go, go, it doesn’t matter if you lose the ball – try it.” – Pep Guardiola

    Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling managed 8 and 13 Premier League goals and assists respectively in 2016/17, Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge of Manchester City. The following campaign saw Sane rack up 25 goals and assists, Sterling managed 29. And Guardiola, and the players themselves, pointed to Mikel Arteta.

    As City’s assistant coach, Arteta was trusted to work with players on their play in the final third. Their movement, their decision making. And it paid off massively.

    Which brings us to Arsenal. Arteta seems to have decided to move captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back up front permanently, leaving no place in the side for Alexandre Lacazette. The burden for goals is going to have to be covered by improvement from other areas — the rest of the squad doesn’t contain a single prolific goalscorer.

    League minutes per goal from the start of 2019/20 to the end of 2020/21:

    • Lacazette – 190
    • Aubameyang – 195
    • Martinelli – 250
    • Pepe – 279
    • ESR – 678
    • Saka – 718
    • Odegaard – 725

    So what a relief it was to see Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both netting their first league goal of the season in Sunday’s north London derby.

    It’s a sign of things to come from those two. Smith Rowe is fantastic at balancing an attack by offering runs in behind or coming short to distract a defender, that was clear as he played more centrally and aided Nicolas Pepe against Brentford in the opening day defeat. When tasked with running in behind and adding more of a final third threat, he can do plenty of that too.

    He was brilliant from the left against Tottenham last season and excellently balances the requirements of the position in Arteta’s system — drifting inside to give Arsenal another central player, combine with Kieran Tierney on the overlap, get in behind the opposition defence. But he wasn’t getting enough chances. That may be changing. In 2020/21 so far, he has taken twice as many shots per 90 minutes compared to last season and his xG per 90 minutes has also doubled.

    Smith Rowe is a player who can bend to the will of the manager and with Martin Odegaard now added permanently, there is less need for the Englishman to get on the ball to create, but he can instead play to his strengths and driving in possession and accelerating attacks, hopefully leading to him arriving in the box more often as well.

    Which brings us to Bukayo Saka, who has a knack for that kind of thing. He may have only scored 13 Arsenal goals up to this point but he has played a fair chunk of his first team football at left-back and we forget that he has only just turned 20. Even when further forward he’s had to play on the left a lot to accommodate Nicolas Pepe. There has been plenty of talk about that of late and I didn’t think it mattered too much — Saka is good enough to have a big impact from either side — but now, it’s hard to argue against him being first choice from the right.

    His most threatening attacking displays — Leicester, Wolves (2019/20) and Newcastle, West Brom, Southampton (2020/21) — have come from that side and Sunday’s win was just another example. Saka is happy to go on the outside, he scored and assisted with his right foot, but he also arrives at the back post more consistently from there, Robert Pires style. Raheem Sterling style.

    With a better delivery arriving, or a different bounce on the ball, or a couple of saves or deflections, he was in a prime position to take advantage throughout the first half.

    Smith Rowe’s movement for his goal was excellent and Saka was consistently in positions to capitalise himself, even though, oddly enough, Arsenal didn’t get into the Spurs box too often. You don’t really need to when you’re already three goals up after 35 minutes.

    A big key to how successful Arsenal can be this season will be how many goals the players behind Aubameyang can produce and it’s huge to have Smith Rowe — who also missed big chances against Norwich and Burnley — and Saka off the mark. There are plenty of doubts around Mikel Arteta still but that’s three league wins in a row and if there’s one thing he has definitely coached successfully before, it’s how to get talented wide players scoring more often.

    The post Tactics Column: Hale End Product appeared first on Arseblog... an Arsenal blog.

  • Roger Hunt dies: Rush and Aldridge lead tributes to Liverpool great
    28 September 2021

    Ian Rush, John Aldridge and Jamie Carragher were among those to pay tribute to Roger Hunt on Tuesday after he died aged 83. The former Liverpool and England international passed away on Monday following a long-term illness. Hunt won the World Cup with England in 1966, playing all six matches and scoring three times. He earned 34 caps for […]

    The post Roger Hunt dies: Rush and Aldridge lead tributes to Liverpool great appeared first on Soccer News.

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  • Italy to face Argentina as UEFA and CONMEBOL strengthen relationship
    28 September 2021

    Italy and Argentina will face each other in June 2022 after UEFA and CONMEBOL agreed to stage a series of matches between the European Championship and Copa America winners.  Euro 2020 holders Italy, who ended a 53-year wait for the trophy by defeating England in July, are set to take on Copa America 2021 victors Argentina next year. While […]

    The post Italy to face Argentina as UEFA and CONMEBOL strengthen relationship appeared first on Soccer News.

    The post Italy to face Argentina as UEFA and CONMEBOL strengthen relationship appeared first on Soccer News.

  • DC United-Minnesota United Statistical Preview
    28 September 2021
    DC's win at the weekend saw them move back into the playoff spots. Back-to-back wins for Minnesota have put them in a good spot moving towards the end of the season. At home, DC will have the advan...
  • Ferencvaros-Real Betis Statistical Preview
    28 September 2021
    Ferencvaros only lost 2-1 away to Bayer Leverkusen in their opening group game. Real Betis beat Celtic 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller last time out in the Europa League. Betis are unbeaten in their...
  • CF Montreal-New England Revolution Statistical Preview
    28 September 2021
    Montreal fell away to Columbus at the weekend, which has seen them drop to seventh, but they remain in the playoffs. New England just keep on winning as their lead at the top of the table stretches....
  • Fenerbahce-Olympiacos Statistical Preview
    28 September 2021
    Fenerbahce have won back-to-back games by a 2-1 scoreline after a winless streak of three matches - a run that includes a 1-1 draw at Frankfurt in their Europa League opener. Olympiacos' 2-1 win ove...
  • Solskjaer hits back at Gary Neville over claims Man Utd can’t win the title
    28 September 2021
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Gary Neville after the player-turned-pundit claimed Manchester United can’t win the Premier League title.

    The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa on Saturday to continue their poor run of results, having also exited the Carabao Cup against West Ham and lost to Young Boys in the Champions League.

    ‘They don’t play well enough as a team to win this league,’ Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast. ‘You need patterns of play, you need a way of playing, and at this moment in time I still see a group of individuals playing in moments.’

    But Solskjaer says he does have a gameplan and style of play that is capable of winning titles, though he admitted that his players were guilty of trying to play too quickly against Villa.

    Asked about Neville’s comments at his pre-match press conference ahead of Villarreal clash, Solskjaer replied: ‘I’ve not read that and I’ve not heard it, but of course you’re working on your style of play, you’re working on your patterns and your in-possession game and your out-of-possession game.

    ‘The Aston Villa game we broke up play really well defensively, attacked maybe too fast. We want a fast attack in play – Gary knows that, everyone who has been associated with Man United knows that we want to keep the tempo up and attack quickly when we can.

    ‘Maybe we did it too fast because if you look at the stats, I don’t think I’ve seen any games with less efficient playing time. It was 45 minutes! That is one of the lowest I’ve seen. Normally you’re up to 55 or 60.

    ‘But that’s maybe because we finished the attacks too quickly, same with Villa, they did. So more control, but then if you slow it down too much it might be against a low block defending. We know Villarreal will definitely defend well and it will be hard to play against them so we need to play quickly. But Gary knows what the DNA is here at the club and what we are trying to do.’

    Neville also said United’s huge spending this summer means Solskjaer is under pressure to win a trophy, to which the Norwegian replied: ‘He’s always got loads to say, Gary. I’m used to Gary. He’s always said a lot when I was sat next to him as well in the dressing so… just fire away.

    ‘That pressure is a privilege. You know to work in this environment you have to embrace that pressure. If he says we need to win a trophy this season or the next, well because of the backing I’ve got to say yes.

    ‘I have been backed and the progress and the process has worked well. I have to say the backing I’ve got seems to me that we’re sticking to that plan.

    ‘But we’re in a results business, we’re here to win, we’re here to get up there and clearly we’ve improved, expectations have improved with the signings, with the better performances.

    ‘So I’m here to win. Don’t think twice about that and Gary knows that. Of course I speak to Gary as well and I know that here at this club we have an obligation to win.

    ‘And we have an obligation to win in a certain style of play and play the way we want. Sometimes that’s risky and you lose one or two, lately yeah maybe we’ve lost one or two games, we’ve changed the team, Carabao Cup, and that’s the consequence, you’re out of the cup.

    ‘But that’s the way we do things and we’ll get there. Hopefully we’ll get there around April or May challenging for these trophies we’d like to see back at Old Trafford.’

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28 September 2021

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  • The five players your team can least afford to lose: GWS Giants
    28 September 2021

    The Greater Western Sydney Giants finished seventh in 2021, with 11 wins, one draw and ten losses, although they are effectively sixth for the purpose of this exercise, due to their semi-final performances against higher-rated teams.

    They had six debutants, while only four players featured in every game: Callan Ward, Harry Himmelberg, Tim Taranto and Isaac Cumming.

    Here are the five players and an honourable mention that the Giants could least afford to lose based.

    Honourable mention: Sam Taylor
    Taylor featured in 17 of 22 games, the Giants winning two, losing two and getting a draw when Taylor was unavailable through injury.

    He averaged the fourth most intercepts of any player in the AFL, an average of 8.47 per game, and averaged the third-most contested marks of any Giants player.

    5. Josh Kelly
    Kelly was extremely consistent in 2021 and was rewarded with a new contract. He averaged the most metres gained in the club, with an average of 454.17. He also averaged the second-most score involvements, with an average of 5.96 per game, as well as the most tackles, an average of 5.61 per game.

    His versatility was a strength as he could play in the midfield or on the wing.

    Last but not least, he led by example.

    4. Jacob Hopper
    Hopper was in the All Australian squad, had at least 21 disposals and only missed one game, which was through injury.

    He averaged the third-most inside 50s of any of GWS player, with an average of 4.30, and the most contested possessions, with an average of 12.04.

    3. Toby Greene
    Greene featured in 18 games, including the elimination final win over the Swans and was named in the All Australian forward pocket.

    He averaged the second-most score involvements of any player in the competition, with an average of 8.28, and kicked at least one goal in every game!

    (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

    2. Lachie Whitfield
    Whitfield was unavailable for the opening six games, and the club lost five of the seven games he didn’t play. Along with that, in Round 17 he was subbed out after accumulating just three disposals and the team lost to the Suns by one point!

    He averaged the third-most metres, with an average of 437.65 per game, and 4.53 score involvements per game – remarkable for a player who played predominantly on a half back flank.

    1. Tim Taranto
    Taranto was a revelation, featuring in all 24 games that they played, averaging the most disposals and the most inside 50s at the club.

    He also averaged 5.42 score involvements per game and had the second-most tackles – with an average of 5.33 tackles per game – which shows he worked hard defensively.

  • Coaching great tipping sustained success for Melbourne following drought-breaking premiership
    28 September 2021

    Coaching great Leigh Matthews believes Melbourne is well set for sustained success in the coming years.

    On the back of Simon Goodwin’s side winning the premiership on Saturday night – Melbourne’s first in 57 years – Matthews says the club’s list profile and talent across the park means they are as “well equipped as any premiership team in recent times” to continue their dominance this season for years to come.

    “If you’re talking about Melbourne, they have good big defenders and good medium smalls,” he said on Sportsday.

    “They have a fantastic one-two ruck combination (with Max Gawn and Luke Jackson) and they have (Clayton) Oliver, (Christian) Petracca, (Jack) Viney,(James) Harmes, (Angus) Brayshaw and (Ed) Langdon, that’s a fantastic midfielder group.

    “If you want to be honest, (Ben) Brown and (Tom) McDonald are OK forwards… (Bayley) Fritsch looks to be a pretty solid third tall so he’s very good.

    “Between them it’s pretty good, I think it’s reasonable to say that Melbourne is well equipped as any premiership team in recent times to be a good team for a long time.”

    The Demons will depart Perth in recent days, following a successful premiership campaign which saw them largely base themselves out west in the lead up to the Grand Final.

  • “Bottom of the ladder for facilities”: Melbourne CEO speaks on plans for new club base
    28 September 2021

    Melbourne CEO Gary Pert believes the Demons are on the “bottom of the ladder for facilities” in the AFL.

    Multiple club departments are currently situated across different locations, and the Demons are looking to harmonise all operations under the one roof.

    The club has been working on a design for a new base near AAMI park in Gosch’s paddock, which is set to be funded by a joint venture between Melbourne, the AFL, and the Victorian Government.

    Speaking to SEN’s Dwayne’s World, Pert said the club’s dire situation in terms of training facilities is recognised by the AFL.

    “If (the state government) fast tracked it, I’d be more than happy, I’ve been working on it for three years now,” he said.

    “We’ve won the premiership this year and we’re acknowledged at a government level and by the AFL that we’re clearly on the bottom of the ladder for facilities.”

    “If I was to talk to anyone at the AFL and say, ‘I’ll meet you tomorrow at the Melbourne footy club,’ basically you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about because we’re in three, four, five different locations.”

    The fact of Melbourne’s poor facilities makes the Demons triumph in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final “even more amazing,” according to Pert.

    “It’s started, we’re starting the redevelopment of our oval, we’ve had a junior-sized oval that we’ve been training on for the last 10 years and in the next few weeks that’s going to be resurfaced and enlarged to an MCG length and Marvel (stadium) width oval, so that’s a really big step for us,” he said.

    “Right at the moment, we don’t even have the facilities of a community club, which makes the performance of the players even more amazing.”

    The Demons will return home to Melbourne from Perth in the coming days after breaking the longest premiership drought in the AFL with their win over the Bulldogs.

  • Suns list boss trade update on top 10 draft trio, Brodie, Dunstan and more
    28 September 2021

    Gold Coast list boss Craig Cameron has provided an update on numerous dealings for the club during the upcoming AFL trade period, including a trio of young stars set to come out of contract in 2022.

    The Suns followed a familiar path in 2021, starting fairly before fading in the back half of the season.

    However, important wins over Richmond and the GWS Giants late in the season, coupled with the likely return of numerous injured key players next season, has given the club hope for 2022.

    2018 top 10 draft picks Ben King, Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine are all out of contract at the end of next season and will face the pull of clubs from their home states.

    When asked about the trio, Cameron told AFL Trade Radio’s The Late Trade the Suns are confident the young guns are invested in the team’s success and hoped they might be able to complete signings over the break.

    “We’d be hopeful we can do some signings this off-season before we get into next year,” he said.

    “Our young blokes are really invested, part of our strategy from the get-go was to bring a bunch of talented young guys together, and they’ve really bonded.

    “They’ve got good hope for the future, but on-field we’ve got to show it.”

    Cameron also commented on the futures of Will Brodie and Darcy Macpherson.

    The pair are in a similar boat, both 23-years old but have struggled to cement their places in the Suns best 22.

    Brodie especially has struggled up north, playing just 24 games in five years after being drafted with pick nine in the 2016 AFL draft.

    “Will’s going into his sixth year next year, and he quite rightly wants to explore his options elsewhere and we’re happy to facilitate that if we can find something for him, we’ll work to that through the trade period,” Cameron said.

    “Darcy is a little bit the same, but he hasn’t been quite as vehement in talking to us around wanting to find another home, but if he did and found something that works for us, then we’d look at that.”

    The Suns have some work to do if they are to bring in any trade targets this off-season with all list spots currently filled and signed for next season, however, it hasn’t stopped Cameron and his team from showing interest in delisted Saint Luke Dunstan.

    “We’ll have to wait until we get through the trade period to see where everything sits, but Luke’s a good player and he played some good games this season so we’d be crazy not to look at a player of his talent if he’s available to rookie list, it just depends what happens through the trade period as to how many rookie selections we have,” Cameron said.

    2022 shapes as a big year for the Suns, with numerous signings still to be completed and coach Stuart Dew out of contract.

  • Melbourne man under investigation for attending Perth AFL grand final allegedly in breach of COVID rules
    28 September 2021
    Police in Western Australia are investigating whether a Melbourne man who may have attended the AFL grand final on Saturday is in breach of a COVID-19 quarantine direction.
  • Dermott Brereton's top AFL commentators, experts and host
    28 September 2021

    If you could put together a commentary team made of all available media talent to call a game of footy, who would you select?

    Dermott Brereton has put together who he believes are the best in the business in terms of hosting a broadcast, calling the game and providing expert commentary.

    He has gone with one host, two callers and two experts.

    See Brereton’s call team below:

    Host: Eddie McGuire

    “Eddie McGuire’s the best host. I declare my interests: he’s a great mate, but really if anyone says they’re as good a host as Eddie, it’s chalk and cheese, he’s the best host we’ve got,” Brereton told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

    Callers: Anthony Hudson and Dwayne Russell

    “Anthony Hudson and I love the way Dwayne Russell calls,” he said.

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    Experts: Jimmy Bartel and Nick Riewoldt

    “I learn the most off Jimmy Bartel listening to him. Jimmy tells me the most of what I want to know when I’m watching a game off-screen that I can’t see and is able to tell me how things have happened in a certain way,” he said.

    “I’ve got him first, he’s clearly the best in my view. I can’t work out why Channel 7 don’t use him more.

    “I love seeing how Nick (Riewoldt) pulls it apart and shows where players are from, how they’ve got there and shows how things have transpired to get there.

    “They’re the two current best at telling me something that I want to know.”

  • Melbourne CEO reveals club's Adam Cerra trade ambitions
    28 September 2021

    Melbourne CEO Gary Pert has spoken on the speculation surrounding the Demons throwing their hat in the ring for Fremantle young gun Adam Cerra, who has requested a trade home to Victoria.

    Cerra still appears to be destined to nominate Carlton in the coming days, however, Melbourne has emerged as another club interested in the 21-year old.

    Speaking on SEN’s Dwayne World, Pert believes the club’s list is in a great spot, featuring plenty of depth.

    “I’m part of all the conversations the list management group is having with all the players and all managers,” he said.

    “We’ve got a list that’s pretty strong, there’s going to be a bit of pressure on us from a salary cap point of view.

    “But I think not only have we got a talented list, but anyone who was looking at the players who ran onto the ground after the Grand Final, there were quite a few of them who deserved to be playing at the highest level.

    “We’ve got a highly talented group, but again we’ll explore all options.”

    It’s unclear how Pert and his list management team would be able to secure Cerra, considering the club has just one pick in the first two rounds at number 33.

    On the specifics of a deal for Cerra, Melbourne’s CEO confirmed they were interested in the star Docker but refused to elaborate on how it would happen.

    “All clubs are going to be talking to the representatives of a young star player like that,” Pert said.

    “Whether you can have the room or be able to pull off the deal, I’d say the majority of clubs are exploring it, but until we think anything’s going to happen with any player, we keep all those conversations highly confidential.”

    The Demons have an extremely young list, seven of their 23 players on Saturday night 21 years old or younger.

  • Grand finals don't reward season's best team, AFLW star Ebony Marinoff says
    28 September 2021
    After a mixed record in do-or-die grand finals, Adelaide Crows AFLW star Ebony Marinoff says it is a shame that one "really bad day" should cost a team a title.
  • Silvagni explains AFL draft points system, how Dogs will land Sam Darcy
    28 September 2021

    Stephen Silvagni has explained the intricacies of the points system in the AFL draft and how the Western Bulldogs will be able to secure Sam Darcy in the 2021 draft.

    Silvagni has worked as a list manager at both GWS and Carlton and has drafted many players under the current, albeit sometimes confusing rules of the draft.

    Darcy, son of Bulldogs legend Luke, is one of the most talented of his draft class, the tall forward rocketing in to pick one calculations with a six-goal haul for the Vic Metro’s under-19’s trial match in June.

    As a father-son prospect, the Bulldogs have the option to match any bid for the 18-year old.

    Silvagni explained exactly how the Dogs will look to land their prized draftee.

    “They can go into points deficit, but they will try and find the picks,” Silvagni told SEN Breakfast.

    “Each pick has a value, if he goes at pick two, that pick’s worth 2,500 points, plus a 20% discount for father-son or NGAs (Next Generation Academies).

    “So, they’ve got to make up those points within that draft.

    “They’ve got to find 2000 points, so all their picks in the draft have to add up to 2000 points, and they all go (if they match the bid).”

    However, he says that’s not the be-all and end-all, using Fremantle as a past example.

    “If they don’t have enough points with those picks in this year’s draft, the points will come off their first pick in next year’s draft, that’s called going into deficit,” Silvagni said.

    “It’s happened to Fremantle. Fremantle, last year or the year before, there was a bid on one of their NGA players, and they were in deficit in their first-round, so their first pick actually slipped back a couple of spots last year.”

    The Bulldogs first pick currently sits at number 17 in the 2021 AFL draft, meaning they will likely face bids from rival clubs on Darcy.

    The former Carlton list manager says clubs will bid if they think it can benefit them down the track.

    “Ultimately, by me bidding, (you have to ask yourself) ‘Is it going to help me out or is it going to help other picks come in for you, do I really value that player and are we a chance to get him?’” Silvagni said.

    “If you value the player, sure (bid), within reason.

    “I always said that if you value that player and it’s going to help you get that player or it's going to help you get something further down the line, then bid.”

    A club whose bid is matched on a player will then collect the draft picks and points the rival club used to match the original bid.

    Collingwood father-son prospect Nick Daicos and South Australian Jason Horne-Francis are the other two who appear a possibility to be the number one draft pick in 2021.

  • International Cup locked in for 2023
    28 September 2021
    Due to ongoing international border closures impacting travel to and from Australia, the AFL has announced that the next AFL International Cup is scheduled for 2023.

    The event was originally scheduled to be held on the Sunshine Coast in 2020 but was postponed until 2021, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    AFL Executive General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said it was important to provide certainty for international participants and stakeholders.

    “Given the challenges around the re-opening of borders, and the need for international teams and organisers to proceed with planning the International Cup, we have made the decision that 2023 is the ideal year in which to next host the event.”

    “The International Cup remains a key aspect of the games growth overseas and the scheduling of the event in 2023 returns us to our original three-year schedule. We know that is has been frustrating for teams to prepare for the event alongside Covid and the appreciate the the patienceshown by all of our international players.”

    New Zealand will field both a Men’s and Women’s team for the first time in the competitions history.

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