Newest Review: ... barriers to entry when entering the world of football. 'The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick... more
Football has lost its way
Football in General
Member Name: scooke
Football in General
Advantages: I will still watch Engalnd
Disadvantages: Diving, Players wages
Everyone out there knows what football is. Two sides of 11 players attempt to kick a small leather football into a goal over 90 minutes. Very exciting stuff!
I started watching football when I was little. I remember the Italian 1990 World cup was on. Dad allowed me to stay up late to watch the England matches and that's part of the reason why I liked it I guess. Since 1990 Football has really evolved. Some would say for the better. The games have a quicker pace to them, with better skills on display and more entertainment. But for me, the beautiful game has lost a lot of appeal and this is why.
Diving - Have you ever seen so much cheating in any sport? People dive left right and centre and expect to be awarded free-kicks. It really has ruined the game. For a match to be decided on a dishonest penalty is terrible. If it were up to me, I'd make diving in the penalty box a red card offense, with a match ban afterwards. Diving out-side of the box can remain a yellow car offence.
Diving was first introduced into in the Premiership by foreign players mainly. Now there are too many foreign players in the Premiership showcasing their diving to English players and most worrying of all, young children who watch their idols. When I see players like Rooney and Gerrard diving it makes me feel sick. What kind of an example are they trying to set? When a player dives to the floor clutching his face and faking injury it's just embarrassing. Imagine a player doing this in a game of rugby, he'd getting beaten up proper!
Non-stop diving is just one of the many things in football that annoys me. Players wages are absurd! Until some kind of a levee is placed on them, players will continue to have all the power.
The English football team constantly annoys me. When will we learn to pass the ball along the floor and not just revert to long ball tactics? When will English teams have a limit on the number of foreign players allowed in their team? Is the state of the national team and the amount of English youngster who are denied the chances to develop a coincidence?
I dunno. All I know is that football in England has lost its way and we need to address many fundamental problems to get back on track. That said, I will still be watching England at the World Cup, hoping for a dive-free tournament!
Summary: Read the review