Penalized by the Penalty Kick

Penalized by the Penalty Kick By: Jonathan Townsend The clocks ticks closer to the 89th minute as the crowd swells with anticipation. The match is close with one goal separating the two sides but as certain as the ball is round, everyone can feel something is about to give way to the ridiculous. The center […]

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line By: Jonathan Townsend @jon_townsend3 March 18, 2014 Football is the physical manifestation of pure passion on the pitch. The modern game’s stakes are increasing at an alarming rate as the season becomes more unforgivable. The pressure on each player’s shoulders is matched by the blood pressure of the managers on the touchline. […]

The Coach’s Conundrum

The Coach’s Conundrum By: Jonathan Townsend @jon_townsend3 3/17/2014 The modern football coach is like a home builder. While not an architect, they are tasked with the construction, organization, and management of several pieces that must align to complete the overall project successfully. What’s the best way to build a house? Surely not by building the […]

Taking Football to the Streets — Part II

Taking Football To The Streets Part Two In part two of a special feature looking at taking football back to the streets, Jon Townsend interviews John Farnworth on his remarkable journey into freestyle football. By Jonathan Townsend | 4 March 2014 Every footballer has their own story. Some are more akin to war stories of […]

Taking Football to the Streets — Part I

Taking Football To The Streets Part One In a stunning follow-up to his acclaimed 10,000 Touches article, Jonathan Townsend looks at taking the game back to the streets and interviews freestyle football legend, Edward Van Gils. By Jonathan Townsend | 3 March 2014 A heavy rain and the repeated chops, turns, and drags of my […]

A Dive off the Deep End

A Dive off the Deep End By: Jonathan Townsend @jon_townsend3 3/3/2014 There is something awful yet spectacular about modern altercations in football. Something suggestive of an unwritten rule that players need to touch foreheads and explode backwards like stuntmen in the climactic scene of a Michael Bay film—complete with an artistic aerial spine-snapping flailing motion. […]

Accountability United

Accountability United By: Jonathan Townsend February 18, 2014 Imagine for a moment there’s a team where players were held to similar standards as the manager. Let’s call this team Accountability United. Contrary to the forgivable assumption the team is comprised of accountants; I assure you the club’s name and crest is reflective, of the club’s credo […]

The League of Shadows

The League of Shadows By: Jon Townsend Since its inception at the start of 1992-93 season, the Premier League has redefined the global branding of football. In a league known for its pace, power and competitiveness, the game has thrived with higher attendance figures, television monies and a massive injection of foreign finances and talent. […]

10,000 Touches

In the summer of 2001, I was fortunate enough to train in Holland for close to 16 weeks, playing with a local team from Enschede in friendlies and tournaments. I saw how young Dutch players trained, prepared and learned the game. One morning, after playing a few hours of street football, I rode my bike […]

Divers Anonymous

Divers Anonymous By: Jon Townsend @jon_townsend3 1/1/2014 Pardon the pun, but diving is an issue that needs to be tackled with the tenacity of a Billy Bremner chomp to the ankles and the severity of a Roy Keane lunge at the kneecaps. Surely, I jest, but hopefully you’ll get the point. Every football fan experiences […]