Copa Coca-Cola

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Copa Coca-Cola. It's the world's biggest grassroots football initiative with around 1.3 million teenagers from over 60 countries competing for the right to participate in an international training camp and, of course, play in the tournament that gives the event its name. This year's event was the 27th ...

The man in the middle

When I was 15, I earned a little extra money refereeing kids' football matches. I completed a Football Association qualification, persuaded my mum and dad to buy me all the necessary kit and soon found myself knee-deep in mud every Sunday. I was surrounded by kids who, for the most part, loved it and played the game with smiles ...

Thinking outside the box

"All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football," said Albert Camus once upon a time. Yep, aside from being a Nobel Prize-winning author, thinker and the inspiration for The Cure's debut single, he was a nifty goalkeeper too. And you know what? He had a point! I was over the ...