Issues & Controversies

High lines and traps: Is the offside rule ruining football?

The offside rule is one of the cornerstones of the modern game. Yet, most often, it seems merely an intrusion of an assistant referee’s judgment into the run of play. The offside rule has a purpose, but is it fulfilling that any longer?

Virgil van Dijk’s transfer fee isn’t a surprise

This week, the footballing world’s collective eyebrows stood firmly raised as Liverpool announced their capture of Southampton’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk for a world record-breaking £75million.

In defence of referees: The most hated men in football

In a sport headed by a self-evidently, almost comically corrupt officiating body, it is surprisingly the referees who encounter the most blame.

Does football suffer from chronic lack of patience?

Nowadays, it would seem that no record is safe. You’re only as good as your last job. Football has begun to suffer from a chronic lack of patience.

The issue of sudden death in soccer and how to counter it

The world’s most popular sport has a big issue – of players suddenly dying on the field. The cases are vast, and they’re depressing.