June 14: Matchday 8 Japan 2 – 1 Scotland It’s almost bizarre how closely this game tracked with Scotland’s first match. Once again they fell behind 2-0 in the first […]
Between the changes in the Laws of the Game and the introduction of VAR, I think we’re having a peak into the future of the sport at the highest levels.
Ultimately, I think it’s good, but it will take some getting used to.
The real issue isn’t VAR itself but rather the way VAR interacts with a system of rules designed for a different world.
June 13: Matchday 7 Australia 3 – 2 Brazil This game was completely bonkers, and a lot of fun to watch. But hardly an impressive display from either team. The […]
June 12: Matchday 6 Nigeria 2 – 0 South Korea So far, the World Cup has mostly been games with clear favorites trying to overcome plucky underdogs, with only one […]
June 11: Matchday 5 New Zealand 0 – 1 Netherlands I was only able to watch about 20 minutes of this game (see below in the Notes), but I followed […]
I just attended my first World Cup game featuring the United States, my home country. A game which they won by an absurd margin. Am I happy? No. I feel […]
The tournament is breaking viewership numbers across Europe and in the United States. But how is it being seen elsewhere? The Women’s World Cup is doing great numbers around the […]
June 9: Matchday 3 Australia 1 – 2 Italy This was among the wildest soccer games I have ever seen in person, and I was at one of the bonkers […]
There was a lot of excitement when it was announced that this World Cup would feature Video Assistant Referee (VAR). This was often framed on equality grounds. The men had […]