Friday, March 2, 2018

Should Soccer Be The Next FCFL Sport?

Yes, I know that FCFL hasn’t even launched yet.  I don’t care!  It’s time to start thinking about what sport they should launch after football.

Assuming that the football launch goes smoothly in 2018, I’d expect them to launch another sport for 2019 and potentially several more in 2010. 

There’s no question that there would be a lot of global interest in soccer, making it a strong prospect to be the next ‘Fan Access Network’ sport.  My initial thought was that soccer wouldn’t offer much opportunity to make in-game decisions because of its nearly continuous nature.  However, while thinking about it, I realized that isn’t really the case at all.

In addition to the longer-term decisions, such as selecting a coach, signing players, trading players, etc. participants in a FAN soccer league could make a variety of in-game coaching decisions such as:
  • Selecting the eleven players in the starting lineup
  • Determining which players should be subbed in and out of the lineup and when it should happen
  • Deciding what formation to use at various points in the game
  • Choosing which players take corner kicks and free kicks
  • Making basic strategy decisions such as whether to ‘park the bus’ after taking a 1-0 lead, or continuing to attack

Given the widespread appeal of the sport, soccer seems like a great choice for a second sport. And assuming that the league is operated in the United States, there should be plenty of talented players available to participate, since lower level professional and semi-professional soccer is so much less developed than in other parts of the world.

While there are plenty of sports where the FCFL approach to running a league will make for a quality product, I think that soccer is a great candidate to be added in 2019!

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