I was going to write something about B Teams, but after writing a few sentences I realised just how ridiculous the idea was and gave up. I can't help but think Shoot were rubbing their hands in glee thinking they'd be able to stretch their pre-season "Team Ladders" editions over three issues. Anyway, I just thought I'd add a few words of warning about the whole scheme.
After Yaya Toure was left off the hook for his kick on Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and Craig Bellamy's three-game ban for his incident with Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman, the Football Association has been under a lot of criticism. In the case of Yaya Toure, I am not sure how he escaped any type of fine or ban.
I am not surprise to hear that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly questioning the integrity of referee Lee Mason.
In his post-match comments following the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City, the Liverpool boss appeared to question whether it was correct to have an official from Greater Manchester in charge of the game.
Perhaps this moment marks the final stages of a coup d'etat that started more than twenty years ago. With the Football Association preparing to examine the idea of allowing formal relationships between bigger clubs with "feeder clubs" lower down the league pyramid in England, there will be a fundamental change in English football which will benefit the clubs of the Premier League to the detriment of the entire remainder of the English league system, and should the Football Association, upon completion of this examination, conclude that it is a good idea to do so, then its role will change from being the ultimate custodian of the whole of English football to being, effectively, the people in charge of trying to give the national team a better chance of winning the World Cup.
Greg Dyke is the new FA Chairman, and he has come out and criticized clubs like Newcastle United for not playing enough English players in their side, and last week Premier League clubs agreed to work with a commission set up by the Football Association, to improve the development of young English players.
Liverpool's early season star attacker Daniel Sturridge looks to have suffered a more pressing injury of concern than initially believed. The 24-year-old former Chelsea player has been the Reds only scorer in the Premier League so far with three goals that have led to three one goal victories.
Sturridge returned to Liverpool's training center at Melwood earlier this week after suffering an injury in England's national team training ahead of their match with Moldova.
The Supporters Summit 2013 held at St George's Park 22 June. Over 300 delegatesfrom clubs ranging from Chelsea to Widnes Town FC and all shades in-between attended the joint Football Supporters Federation(FSF)/Supporters Direct (SD) Annual Conference.
Opening remarks by Malcolm Clark of the FSF set the tone by contrasting the English game with that of Germany, highlighting the irony of the all-fan-owned Champions League final being played at the Football Association's flagship, New Wembley.
The end of the 2012/13 football season has been, on the pitch at least, a little like a slowly deflating balloon. The Premier League ended as a competition about three months ago, and by the last day of the season the only product that Sky Sports had to sell a hungry audience was the internecine battle between Arsenal and Spurs over who would finish in fourth place in the table, whilst the Football League's end of season play-offs, no matter how exciting they may have been for the supporters of those clubs that were lucky enough to win them, couldn't match the drama the end of the standard forty-six match league season which had preceded them.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says that he has forgiven Luis Suarez for biting him when the two sides last met. Suarez bit Ivanovic during last month's Premier League fixture and was consequently handed a 10 match ban by the Football Association. The 29-year-old is not dwelling on the matter and, in an interview in his homeland, confirmed he does not hold a grudge against Suarez.
Liverpool have fined Uruguay striker Luis Suarez an undisclosed amount for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend but will not sack him, the Premier League club said on Monday. Suarez, the league's top scorer with 23 goals, has been widely condemned for his behaviour in Sunday's 2-2 draw and is expected to get a lengthy ban from the Football Association but Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said the club would stand by him.
It was noted on this site at least a couple of years ago that democracy in terms of football had the potential to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, genuine efforts to engage supporters to be active rather than passive in terms of involvement with their clubs arrive at their natural conclusion in the existence of supporters trusts, both at clubs where the trusts are running the show and at those at which they play the vital but not always popular role of being a "critical friend.
In the interests of strict accuracy, it should be pointed that this is not completely a done deal, just yet. It may well have been that the Football Association confirmed this afternoon that their Membership Committee have made a unanimous recommendation to the FA Council to reject Hull City AFC's proposed to the name of "Hull Tigers.
There's nothing like a bit of blackmail to liven up English football in a quiet news week (and, alas, FA Cup third round replay week is such a week). Good job, then, that Hull CITY owner Assem Allam isn't resorting to blackmail in order to force English football's governing body (the Football Association, in case you didn't recognise them from the description) to accept his thoroughly-researched, precisely-budgeted rebranding of his club to Hull Tigers.
Maybe it's time that the British press should give England manager Roy Hodgson some credit? According to the latest data from the excellent MyFootballFacts.com website, Roy Hodgson now has the best record percentage out of all of the England managers since 1872, when the Football Association formed its first England team.
Adnan Januzaj announced himself on the big stage in the most stunning fashion after scoring two goals to rescue Manchester United from a 1-0 half-time score against Sunderland on Saturday. He had been monitored by a few clubs, including United's arch-rivals Manchester City in the last few weeks.
Greg Dyke gave his first speech on Wednesday as chairman of the Football Association, the governing body of English football. His remarks confirmed what most football fans and pundits already suspected that England have a poor chance of winning next year's World Cup in Brazil. "I asked a bunch of journalists what would be seen as doing well in Brazil.
Roy Hodgson will attempt to convince Liverpool's new signing Tiago Ilori to snub Portugal and adopt English nationality. No sooner had Ilori completed his Â£7 million switch to Anfield from Sporting Lisbon, it emerged that the Football Association has opened the door for the 20-year-old defender to represent England.
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been added to the England squad, the Football Association has announced. Sterling, who featured for the England Under-21 side in their 4-0 win over San Marino on Thursday, was drafted in following an injury to Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. England faces a must-win qualifier against Poland at Wembley on Tuesday as they look to book their place at the 2014 World Cup.
Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow thinks Luis Suarez's 10-game ban for biting was "very harsh", but he has no doubt that the forward will remain at Anfield this summer. The Football Association handed down a hefty 10-game suspension on Suarez after it found the Uruguayan guilty of violent conduct following his bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Video footage has emerge that seemingly shows flares being thrown at Manchester United fans from the Liverpool end during last night's Capital One Cup meeting between the two sides. The FA is now investigating the matter following reports that four flares were thrown by somebody among the 7,200 Liverpool supporter in attendance at Old Trafford.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club is 'shocked and disappointed' by the Football Association's decision to ban Luis Suarez for ten matches. Suarez has been handed the punishment after being found guilty of violent conduct for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on Sunday.
The Football Association has charged Liverpool forward Luis Suarez with violent conduct for his bite on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. The Uruguayan bit the defender's arm in the second half of the two sides' 2-2 draw at Anfield, later going on to seal the injury-time equalizer. The FA confirmed in a statement on its official website that "the incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will not press charges against Luis Suarez despite being bitten by the Liverpool striker on Sunday afternoon. Suarez has publicly apologized and been fined by the Reds for his "inexcusable behaviour", while any potential punishment from the Football Association is still pending.
As some of you will already be aware, the chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has targeted the 2022 World Cup as his aim for English football, even if that means spending nothing on grassroots football in the intervening years and there are no English footballers by that time apart from one who remains in London Zoo, idly kicking a football around a pen on his own while he waits to die.
England captain Steven Gerrard admits the prospect of failing to qualify for next year's World Cup is "daunting". England sit two points behind Group H leaders Montenegro after drawing in Podgorica last month and face the prospect of a two-legged play-off should they not overhaul that deficit before the end of the campaign.
FIFA has refused to be drawn on allegations that members of Spain's Confederations Cup squad were robbed at their team hotel following a game of strip poker. The Spanish Football Federation has denied that the robbery was linked to a party with women following the victory over Uruguay. It admits six players were robbed but [.
If you are a regular reader of my ramblings on Untold you might recall that a while back I reported that Sport England had decided to cut funding to the FA by £1.6 million a year after participation levels among adult males in England dropped.
According to the Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, it was news of the reward that pushed his team over the line in their FA Cup Fifth Round match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon. For reasons as ever best kept to themselves, the Football Association held the draw for the quarter-finals of this year's competition towards the end of the first half of their match, and as serendipity would have it the Blades found out at half-time that winning this match would lead to a Sixth Round match against Sheffield Wednesday, if they could pull a result out of the hat in the forty-five minutes that followed and Wednesday come to beat Charlton Athletic in their now-delayed match.
In honor of the London Underground's 150th Anniversary, and it coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, a special map has been whipped up replacing stations with footballers. It's a really brilliant job, and definitely click on the link to get from George Weah to Eddie Hapgood, but something says this might be an issue if they don't provide a normal map alongside it.
The Football Association has today changed its own rules, so that it can retroactively punish obvious foul play during a game, and it comes after they did nothing about a Callum McManaman horror tackle, that could have easily ended Massadio Haidara's career. This is the horror tackle that buckled Haidara's knee The FA at the [.
Fleetwood Town player Gerard Kinsella has been banned from football for two years after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. The former Everton trainee, aged 21, admitted an Football Association charge for breaching its anti-doping regulations. He will be banned from playing until February 2015, subject to any appeal.
It has taken almost six months but Singapore have finally appointed a new coach to replace the now departed Radojko Avramovic and after months of less than frantic speculation, we are after all talking about Singapore where they are more concerned about Sir Alex Ferguson than their own national team, the Football Association have opted for Bernd Stange.
Tocommemoratethe 400th anniversary of the city's ownership of the very field on which the game we'd recognise as football a fine swathe of grass known as "Parker's Piece" Cambridge City Council are pressing ahead with plans to install a giant Subbuteo referee statue to mark the spot that is universally regarded as the original birthplace of football rules, which were later adopted by the Football Association.
Skirmishes between Millwall supporters erupted at Wembley today in the latter stages of the FA Cup semi-final between Wigan and Millwall.
TV footage and photographs showed small groups of Millwall supporters fighting between themselves near a corner of the ground. There were scenes of policemen trying to push fans back, while it appeared that some Millwall supporters jeered their own fans who were causing the hooliganism.