Love the Training

It’s getting late on Tuesday afternoon. It could be any Tuesday of any week of the year: coaching and training is relentless. There are always runners in our group, Love the Run, with events coming up and each race needs to ...

Fighting for Players’ Rights

*Robbie Gaspar, from Fremantle, played professional football in Indonesia from 2005 to 2012. Throughout this time he became a fan-favourite for the manner in which he played the game and engaged with the fans. He speaks Indonesian fluently, and, has a lazy ...

Footy Places

How a Stadium Looks

So many of the suburban stadia of South Australia and Victoria have since passed into occasional use or have become training facilities for big clubs which play their home games elsewhere. Their amenities are diminished; the paint is ...

Football, Violence and Politics

*Recently published in Inside Indonesia (7 March, 2016)

Football is the most popular spectator sport in Indonesia with second division games regularly attracting crowds of 30,000 spectators. Massive dance choreography and chanting are usually performed for the full duration of games, creating ...

Bicycle Activism in Pontianak

*Tim Flicker, recently returned from Pontianak (a city of 600,000 residents in West Kalimantan),  writes on the intersection of promoting healthy leisure activities with promoting greener cities.

Car Free Day in Indonesia was originally established in 2002 in Jakarta. The ...

Ultras in Indonesia

Indonesia occupies a curious place in global football culture. Football is everywhere in Indonesia: in the streets, in bars, in narrow alleys, in grand and packed stadiums, and in the shabby empty lots of urban decay. The game is a cultural product ...

The Comfort of Stadia

*What role do football clubs play in promoting healthy lifestyles? Can identification with a football club encourage participation in sport and being more critical about what one eats? Can stadia be places in which we find comfort?

Football is an integral part ...

Hello, Dutch Football

Oh Holland: home of wonderful splendid Total Football. Johann Cruyff architect of the beautiful game at Barcelona. And now, Holland: struggling against lesser ranked nations, and well, not qualifying for Euro 2016. Holland’s most famous football figure is currently not a Bergkamp, ...

I Went to the Football Today

& about a 4.4km x4 race

/1/ I went to the football today. In Katwijk. A queue of some 40 people before buying our tickets, 8euros standing. Staan. It rained. The  wind blew it horizontally. Katwijk, top of the table, playing Rijnsburgse ...