June 17 – Bayern Munich wrapped up their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title on Tuesday night – in near silence.
June 15 – Matches may be severely lacking in atmosphere when the Premier League returns on Wednesday but playing behind closed doors could prove a great leveller in terms of significantly helping away sides.
June 12 – German football has been rocked by a damning tv expose which claims players, both professional and amateur, suffer from a culture of over-reliance on painkillers as they race to recover from injury.
June 4 – It is going from bad to worse for Austria’s LASK Linz who are seeing what would be only their second ever domestic league title slip away.
May 27 – The average lifespan of a head coach at a top tier club anywhere in the world is just 40.6 games, according to new data from the CIES Football Observatory.
May 18 – Major League Soccer (MLS), who have abandoned their academy league structure, have announced a strategic partnership with US Youth Soccer (USYS) aimed at keeping open talent development pathways.
May 13 – No goals but a great game is often one of the endearing features of the beautiful game. Similarly a drab 0-0 draw is as much a part of the football fan’s painful journey as the euphoric and not too often 3-0 in the local derby.
May 7 – Data analysing the amount of game time U21 professional players get in league worldwide has highlighted huge discrepancies between clubs and leagues in the opportunities given to young talent.
April 28 – The importance of scoring the first goal is highlighted in a 92-league analysis by the CIES Football Observatory that found the team scoring first generally goes on to win in about 70% of matches.
April 24 – England women’s head coach Phil Neville will leave the job in July 2021 at the end of his contract, the English Football Association (FA) confirmed today.
April 23 – Matches may be off from grassroots through to professional levels, but two youth clubs in California are filling the competitive gap with a skills challenge played out between age group teams via social media. Having whet the appetite with their opening skirmish, they are opening up the challenge to clubs from around the world.
April 21 – Brazil remains top of the list of countries with most expatriate players plying their trade outside their countries, but England – whose players are historically reckoned to be the poorest travellers – are a surprising fourth in the ranking.
April 16 – U.S. Soccer has announced it is closing down the federation’s development academy structure saying the decision was due to the financial impact of the coronavirus. The shutdown will have immediate effect.
April 14 – Ajax and Benfica top a ranking of clubs providing the most players to Europe’s Big-5 leagues.