Last week, The FA gathered to discuss various reforms within the organisation.
Chairman Greg Dyke, who will step down from his role this July, is looking to modernise the personnel and overall running of English football's governing body by putting forward a number of proposals.
With this in mind, here’s a list of recommendations The FA should consider as they look to change English football for the better.
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INTRODUCE A WINTER BREAK
It’s what a lot of us have long been crying out for.
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With failure after failure at every international tournament that seems to come England’s way, the advantage that their main rivals all seem to have is a little rest.
Allowing a winter break would enhance the Three Lions’ chances at Euros and World Cups to come, see a more exciting finish to the Premier League season and allow England's European representatives to perform better in the Champions and Europa League.
IGNORE CALLS FOR MORE TECHNOLOGY
The introduction of goal-line technology has been one of the greatest innovations in football since it was approved in 2013. The system now definitively ends all arguments over those ‘was it in?’ moments.
But the problem is, other technology cannot give you the same level of decisiveness.
Demands for a tennis-style system with challenges over decisions that would still require interpretation and video replay will only slow the game down.
HOST ENGLAND GAMES AWAY FROM WEMBLEY
This is something The FA have confirmed they are planning for friendlies later this year. Nice one, guys.
This is great news because, at times, the large Wembley pitch has not suited the England team and revisiting the good old days of playing at Old Trafford and St James’ Park could generate a real feel-good factor around the country.
MAKE REFEREE INTERVIEWS COMPULSORY
We’ve all been there - the ref has made an utterly ridiculous decision and cost your team the game.
Manages, by obligation, have to make comments on said game, risking a fine every time they mention the referee’s performance.
Meanwhile, match officials are hiding away in their dressing rooms without a care in the world.
Well, next time they drop a clanger, they should be made to explain themselves - and why not? This should make them more determined to get things right and perhaps justify certain comments from riled managers.
Greater transparency would almost surely lead to greater respect, too. It’s a no-brainer.
KEEP FA CUP REPLAYS
In fact, not just replays - just leave the whole competition as it is. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
Whether replays are creating magical stories or causing horrendous fixture pile-ups, the same old debate keeps resurfacing year after year.
Let’s not forget about those in the lower divisions who yearn for an FA Cup payday. They deserve their chance, even if it is through a replay. That’s what it’s all about.
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