Graham Poll is one of the most experienced and respected referees of his generation.
With over 1,500 appearances under his belt – including appearances at the 2002 and 2006 World Cup Finals – he has experienced it all: big pressure, big games and big decisions.
The Homeless World Cup has launched the official football to beat global homelessness with the message “a ball can change the world”.
The ‘Ball can Change the World’ football is available to buy online for anyone who wishes to support the Homeless World Cup.
The majority of the grassroots football community want to see “penalty goals” used as a punishment for deliberate goal-line handballs, despite FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruling out such a rule change.
A poll of over 5,700 Club Website members found 61 percent in favour of a new rule, joining widespread calls from the footballing world in the wake of Uruguayan Luis Suarez’s deliberate handball which denied Ghana a historic place in the World Cup semi-finals.
The subject of youth development has been right at the forefront of the grassroots football agenda over recent weeks, with some fantastic ideas thrown around.
It feels like there’s a willingness from across the game to get the problem sorted now, so we want to know what one thing you would do to improve the next generation of British footballers.
Since Club Website editor Dan Pope assessed the impact of England’s World Cup exit on the grassroots game, a number of you have had your say with some strong and insightful comments on the subject.
You’ve highlighted many areas of concern, covering everything from the ‘money culture’ at the top of the game to the quality of grassroots coaching; from the size and structure of kids’ small-sided football to the state of grassroots facilities.