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FA Needs to Move to MyFootballClub Model

FACrest throughglass L FA Needs to Move to MyFootballClub Model
The English FA (Football Association) has decided to start the process of redesigning its website, TheFA.com, but what’s the point?

The FA even need to even redesign its site. Compared to most football websites, it’s better than average. It may look a little outdated, but other than the need to make it look more aesthetically pleasing, the site is fine as it is and functions rather well.

My question is what’s the business reason from the FA to redesign the site? What will the new redesign accomplish that the current site doesn’t already?

My concern is that the money spent to redesign the site could be better spent.

The FA would never do this, but imagine creating a website similar to MyFootballClub.com and encourage football supporters to pay for the right of voting for the next England manager and be involved in the running of the Football Association?

Besides that, the fans could be involved in the disciplinary hearings to vote on whether teams and players should be punished (by fines or points deductions, in rare cases).

This way, fans would be involved in the running of the game in England and could help restructure the organization into a 21st century association. It would be a revolutionary move, but the people in power at the FA and FIFA would never allow it.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to FA Needs to Move to MyFootballClub Model

  1. tyduffy says:

    I think that they should be more concerned with revamping their product on the field. Though, since they won’t be going to Euro 2008, they will have a lot of time on their hands.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have to disagree with your take on the FA website. I got tickets to the England vs. Estonia game and found it very difficult to figure out how to even buy them. They need to put in a special part for rookies or first time buyers. I got lucky and did it correctly, but I also had to sign up for EnglandFans and then log in at 4:00am CST to actually purchase the tickets. Also, I never got any word from them that I had to pick the tickets up at will call. I had to email them and ask when I would get the tickets. They actually responded pretty quickly and explained what I should expect.

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