3rd Place Playoff. Yes or No?

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Alby was pretty perplexed at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup with regard to the 3rd place Playoff. He couldn’t understand why this game was played and what point it proved.

David MacRae from Local Media Services Company pointed out that every international tournament had a third place playoff, as did all the team events at Commonwealth Games and Olympics. Brucey was unaware of this and could not recall seeing it in any tournament in the past.

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Fonz Tenaglia from Ellenbrook United points out the financial incentive of finishing 3rd being about $2 million extra, which certainly gives the nations a reason to want to win the match that seems like a non-event. However what about the players? Lee Evans from Ellenbrook Christian Rovers says “The players focus is to start the season in a few weeks with their respective clubs injury free.” He felt that the risk of injury was not worth the reward of finishing 3rd. The Assassin Sean Oleksenko had his unique take on the situation saying that any time you get to see England lose again is a game worth playing.

What’s your take? Is it a waste of time, or is there some value for players, fans and clubs in continuing this tradition?

Play and Referee in NPL

This week Donny brought up a real head scratcher in #ControversyCorner

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During the course of the National Premier League (NPL) game between Perth Glory and Floreat Athena the referee, Tom Glavovic, suffered an injury. Glavovic was duly replaced by the standby referee and all was well with the world, however under NPL guidelines there always needs to be a standby referee in case of an injury. The officialdom scanned the vicinity and no suitable candidate could be found, so in order to allow the game to proceed they grabbed a player from the home teams bench and made him the standby referee.

Now Jordan Barbas, the Perth Glory reserve goal keeper was luckily not required to fulfil his role as an assistant referee at any stage during the match, however it is still a farcical situation for a high level competition like the NPL to be in. For the uninitiated this competition is the equivalent to the WAFL competition. This is just one level below the A-League. We understand that in park footy competitions the officials may be from one of the clubs, but the NPL should be much more professionally run than your Saturday social league competitions.

For the record it was a great match that ended in a 2-all draw. Could you imagine if Barbas was called upon and had to make a crucial call for offside in a close game?

Click here for all the NPL results from last weekend.

What do you think? Does the NPL need to sharpen up their act or are we trying to make a storm in a teacup?

Optus Throws in the Towel

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Article from perthnow.com.au Written by Matthew Benns from Daily Telegraph

SOCCER streaming failure Optus has finally given up on its $8 million World Cup campaign and agreed to let SBS broadcast the rest of its exclusive games.

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The Telco was branded Floptus after it left football fans frustrated over playback errors and buffering delays during its early coverage of the group stage.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even called the Optus chief to demand he fix the problem.

In response Optus asked SBS to screen all of the games in the group stage.

Today it said the free to air broadcaster would also show all the remaining games.

Optus had held the exclusive rights to half of the round of 16 games and to two of the quarterfinals.

It has also promised to refund punters the $14.99 they paid out to use the failed service.

Optus chief executive Allen Lew said: “Optus is here to push the boundaries of innovation in Australia and deliver choice to customers. We had technical issues with the Optus Sport service over the first weekend of the tournament but we are confident that these issues have now been addressed.

“All of us at Optus will use what we have learned from this experience to place ourselves ahead in the delivery of content to customers via streaming to their mobile devices,” Mr Lew said.

Optus is believed to have paid SBS $8 million for the right to screen all 64 of the World Cup games in exchange for allowing SBS to show one game a day, the finals and one English Premier League game a week.

But it turned into a disaster when fans could not access the feed. The telco has taken out full page ads in Friday’s papers to apologise to football fans.

Marketing experts say the company will also have had to apologise and refund companies who took out advertising on the promise of giant audiences.

Optus said it has now fixed the problem but with the games also being aired on SBS there has been no way to test the claim.

The SBS coverage of the Socceroos early morning knock out by Peru attracted 1.5 million viewers but games that reduced the Optus feed to a spinning circle of agony were attracting less than 400,000 viewers.

SBS chief executive Michael Ebeid said: “We’re pleased to be able to simulcast more of the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches with Optus.

“With 8 million Australians tuning into SBS’s coverage to date, we know how passionate the country is about the world game and are confident fans will continue to engage with the matches as we head towards the end of the competition in Russia,” he said.

SBS said it will continue to broadcast daily highlights in FIFA World Cup™ Today live from Red Square at 5.30pm each match day with expert analysis from Craig Foster and Lucy Zelić and commentary from Martin Tyler, as well as replays of the SBS Match of the Day each morning at 6.30am.

Find out What Peru said to the Socceroos

Peru has a message for the Socceroos prior to their World Cup clash