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The monthly kick around – August 2013

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A month or so ago I kicked off a new feature on in-the-back-of-the.net – a regular general debate thread – something that I hope will help this blog to become a place where people feel comfortable coming, not just to read, but also to engage and debate football issues. The basic thought is that a generic post will go up once a month (for the time being) that encourages comments on any football topic that you would like to discuss.

Why would you comment here when there are perfectly good forums? I hope because this will be a bit more pleasant. Lots of people have told me that they won’t engage in debate on the forums because they are not moderated and quite often descend into ugly slagging matches. While I don’t want to be a total square, and have no intention of banning anyone (that only puts people off even more), I will simply ask commenters to respect each other and I will delete any personal attacks.

So that’s it. Let’s kick some ideas around. GO!

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: http://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

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    1. Why yes Gina, it is a viability thing, although not for the players! The black and white ball you refer to was designed for the 1970 World Cup. The idea behind the black hexagons was to improve the viewing experience of people watching the tournament on black and white television sets, as the all white footballs used up until that point would have been too difficult to see.

      I utterly reject any allegations that my wife has taken to commenting on my blog to improve my self-esteem…

  1. This is an old one that never goes away…Referee’s, from what I have seen in the lower age groups the standard is not good or consistent. What is the set up here in Auckland?.

  2. My view on referees in this country is they do their best and none of them are biased or hopeless on purpose. Just like we don’t have English Premier League quality players here, we don’t have refs of that standard either. We need to accept that they will make a lot of mistakes and move on. The best way to get better ones is for more people to be prepared to do it! As Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see in the world”! 🙂

  3. Is it cruel to put the dog in as goalie he looks like he is having a blast, nice uniform too.

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