WHEN you work it out, the last season of normal football was 2018-19 and by the time everything starts again, it will be three years since that last pre-Covid campaign got underway. So that’s the final weeks of 2019-20 and … Continue reading Freedom football: The fan experience may have changed
IF THE Coronavirus has taught us one thing it is that football’s atmosphere comes from the fans in attendance, not from the thud-thud-thud of players kicking a leather ball. Moreover, a stadium does not create the vibe, it is the … Continue reading The sound of the crowd
THE FIRST step for many countries was to set a date for the return of their domestic league, albeit behind closed doors. Cardboard cut-out fans, piped atmosphere, video camera images of fans and TV cameras. Russia, among others, is taking … Continue reading Bold and bullish, Russia prepares to open the gates
RELEGATION is often a big blow to clubs in Europe’s top leagues, mostly because it comes with financial implications, despite parachute payments. TV money and legacy wage bills are the biggest issue, but income at most clubs is affected by … Continue reading Crowd reaction – why English and German fans are more loyal
FOOTBALL’s principal emerging nations, the US and China, have almost arrived, with the top divisions of their leagues in the top 10 in terms of spectator interest. According to CIES Football Observatory’s latest report, China and the US are sixth … Continue reading Stable gates, but study underlines systemic clubs
TIME after time, tickets are sold-out at matches but there are still empty seats in the stand at Arsenal, Chelsea and other clubs. Somebody, somewhere, is sitting on tickets that have not been sold. Similarly, they may belong to fans … Continue reading Commentary Box: New fans for old?