By J Hutcherson (Oct 20, 2020) US Soccer Players - Last week's brief Project Big Picture debate lasted just long enough to remind everybody how generally annoying revamp ideas have gotten. There's always someone or some group that knows that they can do things better. Then there's the current stakeholders insisting on holding onto what they have. That's been an ongoing them in European soccer . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with FIFA upholding what they believe to be a crucial concept in soccer governance. Federations aren't supposed to go to their domestic courts to seek relief over soccer decisions. Trinidad & Tobago is the latest to decide to take that route, with their soccer leadership filing suit against a FIFA decision in local courts. At issue was FIFA stepping in and taking . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with FIFA putting a price point on what soccer will lose due to the pandemic. According to reports, that number is $14 billion. FIFA is using that figure to explain the immediate need for world soccer's governing body to help its member federations. "If you look at the breakdown of losses in absolute and relative terms, European clubs and member associations were . . .
By J Hutcherson (Aug 25, 2020) US Soccer Players - In this era of pretending that it might be possible to have reasonable control of a situation, it has to be tough to be a governing body. On Monday, FIFA released a set of temporary regulations for the September international window. With UEFA the only confederation using the September dates, the regulations only apply in Europe. Still, it's an . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jul 21, 2020) US Soccer Players - It was already an interesting time for European soccer even before the pandemic that brought leagues to an abrupt halt in March. Look back at some of the articles on the future of the sport making the rounds late in 2019, and the primary focus was what happens next. The Champions League TV deal ends in 2022 with the expectation that UEFA will make . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 19, 2020) US Soccer Players - A quick litmus test. When you hear the phrase "rules changes" in the context of soccer, what's your first reaction? If your answer is suspicion, disgust, concern, or anything along those lines, you've generally got plenty of company in this sport, where tradition tends to hold sway. Soccer was one of the last major professional . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with a question that may only be an issue in retrospect. With all of the world's professional sports leagues impacted by the global pandemic looking to get the games in, will this be the summer of too many options? The Bundesliga is the only major European league that will finish by the end of the month, but we now know the 2019-20 Champions and Europa Leagues will be . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with FIFA acting on the transfer window issue. With leagues resuming their suspended seasons, contracts haven't ended on schedule. That brings the summer transfer window into question, with the business of moving players also impacted by the pandemic. It also raises issues over the contracts themselves. FIFA addressed that with two temporary adjustments to its . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with FIFA president Gianni Infantino's "Shape a better football" message for the federations. In part, Infantino pointed to the obvious steps necessary for the game to return to normal. Resume the schedule, eventually allow fans in the stadiums. He was careful to highlight the different situations for leagues trying to return to play. "Football is already underway or . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts in the Bundesliga. Tyler Adams subbed on in the 59th minute of RB Leipzig's 4-2 win at Cologne. Trailing from the 7th minute, Patrik Schick equalized for Leipzig in the 20th. Christopher Nkunku made it 2-1 in the 38th with Timo Werner scoring in the 50th minute. Cologne pulled a goal back in the 55th. Leipzig's Dani Olmo finished off the scoring in the 57th . . .