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.
April 8 – The new handball law that was due to come into effect on June 1 – which would originally have been after the season ends – can be used by leagues whenever the current campaign resumes post-Covid-19.
April 7 – A ranking of clubs from 87 top divisions worldwide according to the number of players fielded in domestic league matches since January 2015 finds that top clubs generally change their players the least.
March 30 – England captain Harry Kane says the Premier League season should be ditched altogether if it cannot be completed by the end of June.
March 17 – Football may be in global lockdown and professional leagues suspended but for some clubs, the absence of competitive games is buying crucial time for injured stars to get fit again without missing any more action.
March 10 – The Dutch FA (KNVB) has staged a video assistant referee (VAR) technology test event en route to the 2022 World Cup with a focus on fine-tuning the technology and making it more affordable.
March 10 – A ranking of current big-5 league players according to the age at which they have reached 50, 100, 200 and 300 caps in their leagues sees AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma leading the 50 and 100-match tables, while the Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard is at the top for the 200 and 300-match rankings.