Opinion: A-League stance short-sighted
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 1:24p.m.
Opinion By Andrew Gourdie
The kids were alright, weren't they? Good enough to see the Wellington Phoenix come away from their trip to Melbourne with a point they surely could not have planned for when mapping out the season.
But while the performance of a makeshift team featuring four debutants was encouraging, it shouldn't shift their focus from the real issue.
The A-League's refusal to break for FIFA's international window is stubborn, short-sighted, and seriously impacts on the competition's credibility.
The Wellington Phoenix were missing seven players and their coach for the weekend's fixture, but they weren't the only ones affected by the A-League's stance. A quick look at the week’s in’s and out’s will tell you Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Newcastle Jets, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Heart, Central Coast Mariners and Perth Glory all had at least one player missing through international duty with New Zealand, Australia, or Australia Under-20.
Whether those players are first team, bit-part or National Youth League, what is the point of penalising club's for having international players in their squad?
For a competition with a six month off-season, it just doesn't make any sense. What is the harm in extending the season by a couple of weeks to allow for two - that's right, two - official match windows?
When you also consider Europe's top leagues all break for the international window, can we really take the A-League seriously unless they do the same?
I sense there are more questions here than the A-League's bosses can provide logical answers for why they persist with this ridiculous stance.
There is another international window in March around the penultimate round of the A-League season. When you consider this round could have a serious impact on a number of clubs' bids for finals football, the main question A-League bosses need to ask is "is it really worth it?"
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16/10/2012 4:25:00 p.m.
I agree if sky had a football channel this would be the only channel I would watch on TV period!!! Nothing infuriates me more then knowing there's a massive match on only to find that a sports highlights show has preference.Because of this I live stream sports off the internet more often than watching it on sky. As per the A-League it is ridiculous that they do not have a break during the international window particularly when a team such as the phoenix have so many players out.
15/10/2012 9:32:50 p.m.
Agree with U all there I mean sky has a rugby channel and how many people subscribe to that. If there was a football channel alot more people in NZ would watch it and we'll all get to see the likes of barcalona, river plate, and all these fantastic games of football come on SKY give a a real channel to watch
15/10/2012 8:42:26 p.m.
On the Sky issue (or espy like last year..), where was Real Madrid vs Barcelona
You know El Clasico.. Perhaps the two biggest and best clubs in the world against each other, oh no, but don't miss watching Reading take on Swansea that week
15/10/2012 8:42:19 p.m.
15/10/2012 4:26:29 p.m.
It's all to do with TV - and as per usual the real fans miss out. Sky want their time fillers, and to hell with football fans. Have the break, Sky, then show us some International football - where was NZ vs Tahiti??
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