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alberta white

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    Recent arrival to Canada fom UK via SouthAustralia

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  1. If he was in the English system, chances are he be starting/ coming off the bench for a Div2/ Conference Club somewhere
  2. What is not (might not have been noted) with regards to these dates is that they cut across the Christmas Period. Irrespective of the English Obsession to Play across the Festive season, I wonder how many fans will be able to Justify the not insignificant cost of this trip so close to what is considered in most regions a family holiday time to be spent at home.
  3. Also with regards to Rugby League usage, Kingston Communications Stadium in Hull; Hull City AFC and Hull (Rugby League) FC. Another thing that annoys the Current owner of the Tigers. Also, Old Trafford is used for the rugby League Playoff weekend (Semi Finals-and Full Final). Plus Elland Road gets a fair amount of usage when the Sothern Hemisphere Nations come to Town, due to its 40Kplus capacity.
  4. This is the RIB take on determining an artificial for Rugby Union. http://www.irbplayerwelfare.com/?documentid=67 similar from sports England encompasses Rugby league. http://www.sportengland.org/media/30651/Selecting-the-right-artificial-surface-Rev2-2010.pdf Thing to note on Rugby League there is no Maul, Ruck or Scrum manipulation for the Field to contend with, Just hard tackling.
  5. Which Just goes to Show that Its a sport best reserved for the Dohyō
  6. The only reason for a bumpy, uneven and downright poor grass surface in such a stadium is down to.... not putting in down right in the first place. By Putting it down right, I mean spending the Pre requisite dollars on soil assessment, procurement and methodology in execution.
  7. Its been my experience that urban professional men Single men in 30-40's group with no kids tend to have no disposable income due to alimony payments.
  8. Which at this current rate of expansion (15 clubs in 5 years) could be in place by 2020. Ideally 32 clubs, mind. this would allow for an Unseeded 5 round Knockout cup Competition and give the NASL league 2 bottom dwellers a chance to play the Cosmos! (yeah yeah, we know. It is ALL about the Cosmos)
  9. Yes and I personally like a model which forces the clubs to be fiscally prudent whilst allowing them independent autonomy. A "truism" I heard recently went like this, "If the owners of Association Football clubs applied the logic they employ in running said club, to their daily business enterprises, they would never make enough money to own the damn club in the first place. I'm sure this also applies to other sports. Also: while I'm god I'd make sacking head coaches/managers only admissible during off season.
  10. On that subject Consider that the Cosmos put (according to Tom Fath) break even numbers of 6K+ onto the bleachers in their Inaugural season. The buy in for NASL is 750K a $20million bank balance for the Principle (50%+) owner, and a clean field stadium with 5K capacity you don't need to be a billionaire owner in the NASL.
  11. Okay this isn't a p*ssy post like the last few, but rather a considered one. When it comes to National Stadiums, are Canadian soccer fans becoming transfix on the likes of Wembley when talking up National stadiums? It is understandable as This can be considered a true National Football stadium (NFS) for the following reasons. It is capable of Hosting four (4) codes of football : The Three indigenous ones Association Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union (although Twickenham is really home to this code), plus the visiting NFL code from across the Atlantic. Obviously any visiting AFL games would have to find an Oval where they don't so much care for their wicket been obliterated! (Chelmsford, perhaps?) It is the current home of the Football Association. the FA having moved out of Soho some time after its completion. However, most importantly and unlike most Other European nation except Maybe the Germans, all of England's home games are played there. this is because irrespective of the cost of building the thing: and , irrespective of Northern folk who moan every year about how far away, it is no more than a days drive (including the return leg) away from anywhere. Now Logistics would say that Birmingham would have been more accommodating as a location for a National stadium in England due to central location. However those Logistics would have made Birmingham 2012 the Olympic Venue- That was never going to happen as London is Internationally Iconic. Wembley also has Iconic status internationally Due to History and experience. As does the Estádio do Maracanã and to some extent The Olympiastadion in Berlin (although its trying to live its darkest hour down). In the case of England and Germany the stadium is in the capital. By this measure Canada's National stadium would have to be Lansdowne in Ottawa. In the case of Estádio do Maracanã it is in the most Populous region of the country. Wembley is less so, been out in west London, but that in a country half the size of Alberta would be splitting hairs. The Main reason Canada will always struggle for A National Football stadium is that Soccer will never be the National Sport. and the Nation just Physically too big to confine its national team within One Province. You could argue Australia here with the fact the "MCG" been a center piece national stadium for the AFL but AFL is really a Victorian, South and Western Australian obsession, Queensland and NSW are Rugby states- and they Ply their Grand Final in Sydney Point been, these stadiums focus on the National Sport of the Country. In Canada's case soccer is not the national sport. One last thought, If Canada Truly had a National stadium would it not have an Ice-rink in the center of It?
  12. I didn't know that you could sign you kids up for Canadian football when the are 6. Actually I think there may be more registered for soccer than hockey.
  13. In essence yes, although they do attempt to coordinate their leagues into the UEFA winter time frame. (well they have to if they're going to make the champions league work for them. Honestly who wants to travel to Uzbekistan in October...really? I would note not that many major Off season touring Parties from the top four European leagues go there. North America plays its Leagues in the Summer so their is no real excuse to play on Plastic. It's falls into the "' We have to do something new and inventive (that we can make a $ from) because Traditional is crap" North American mindset.
  14. I would also add, that Outside of North America, No-one truly takes teams that play on plastic pitches seriously. Semi-synthetic yes, but full field turf? You may get FIFA sanctioned Qualifiers played on it, but lucrative friendlies will become a thing of the past. By the way who knew that the Grey cup was actually offered into the Canadian Sporting life as an award for RUGBY? Or that the John A Macdonald actually declared CRICKET as Canada's national sport in 1867. Lets stick a drop in cricket pitch as well! (and yes, I am been somewhat trolly)
  15. Opps that should have said CAN'T. "ergo, You can't really co-ordinate the floating supporters or soccer mom brigade":o
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