How The Case For Data-Driven Decision-Making Has Been Overstated

The era of big data with machine learning, artificial intelligence and algorithms is here. The future is said to be decisions made according to insights from data with its objectivity being superior to human subjectivity. Sport has not been immune to this spreading ideology. Making decisions on data, from player recruitment to evaluating individual performance, Läs mer om How The Case For Data-Driven Decision-Making Has Been Overstated[…]

How Futsal Tells A Story Like Nobody Else

What are the similarities between movies, novels and sport? The answer is they all entertain us through the same fundamental mechanism; An engaging narrative. It goes something like this; You’re made familiar with the key protagonists who are then challenged by dramatic events. We root for them to see what we feel is justified success Läs mer om How Futsal Tells A Story Like Nobody Else[…]

Developing Futsal Competitions & Generating Fan Interest – Part 2

This two-part series features extracts from a research project on developing futsal competitions that was carried out for my UEFA Masters. Part 1 investigated the reasons why futsal hasn’t yet attracted the size of audiences that could be expected for such a spectacular sport. Part 2 looks to the future and how futsal competitions can Läs mer om Developing Futsal Competitions & Generating Fan Interest – Part 2[…]

Developing Futsal Competitions & Generating Fan Interest – Part 1

There career opportunities for aspiring futsal players are limited with few professional futsal leagues and teams. Even the best leagues in the world feature players who are not full-time and far too frequently clubs suffer financial problems with salaries left unpaid. Overall, the sport is still heavily underdeveloped, causing many to miss out on experiencing Läs mer om Developing Futsal Competitions & Generating Fan Interest – Part 1[…]

Rule Changes – Updates & New Suggestions

Back in 2013 I wrote an article called “5 Rule Changes For Futsal” and last year “Why Throw-Ins Should Return & Other Rule Changes To Enhance The Game“. Futsal seems to have continued to have lower scoring than previously. The last UEFA Futsal Euro was almost a goal lower than the previous lowest scoring tournament Läs mer om Rule Changes – Updates & New Suggestions[…]

The Coach That Revolutionised The Game. Can He Do It Again?

One coach has influenced the futsal you see today more than any other individual in the history of the sport. You likely know little about him. In fact, you may not even know his name. In a time when the pursuit of fame and fortune seem more prevalent than ever, the spotlight and the rewards Läs mer om The Coach That Revolutionised The Game. Can He Do It Again?[…]