More Rule/market Design Recommendations for International Football-soccer

Lynne Kiesling Like Mike the other day, I have been thinking about possibly Pareto-improving rule changes in international soccer; like Richard Epstein I have always thought about sports rules (and league organization and market structure) as interesting market design issues. Take, for example, the unintended changes in ice hockey and American football after the introduction … More More Rule/market Design Recommendations for International Football-soccer

Rejoice: Another World Cup, Another Ball Controversy

Michael Giberson The World Cup is well underway, and with it another controversy over the new ball designed by Adidas for the tournament.  The Wikipedia page on the ball documents some of the complaints, as usual most of them from goalkeepers: As with the Adidas Fevernova and Adidas Teamgeist at the two previous tournaments, the ball has … More Rejoice: Another World Cup, Another Ball Controversy

The Ajax Soccer Talent Factory

Michael Giberson The New York Times Magazine has a feature article on the Ajax soccer development program – they recruit players as young as 7 years old and train them to 19 years if the player is good enough to be kept with the program. Like the development programs of other soccer teams, Ajax begun … More The Ajax Soccer Talent Factory

More Post-season Tournament Design Issues: Mls Tiebreakers

Michael Giberson For DC United fans, the MLS season is over.  While some fans contemplate coaching and roster changes, a few of us are still scratching our heads about the MLS tiebreaker rules and the complications presented by the final weekend of play (which had five teams angling for two remaining post-season positions. See here … More More Post-season Tournament Design Issues: Mls Tiebreakers