By Tom Wilson and Tom Watson | 11 December 2016 12:35:49It’s not just the game that’s changing, but also the way we watch it.
The proliferation of digital platforms, coupled with the way mobile phones have evolved, means that there’s no longer a need to wait for your TV set to show you what’s on the big screen.
With this new digital era comes a whole new set of possibilities for football.
This year, the World Cup has seen the debut of the new mobile app, FIFA Mobile, and while the app’s popularity has been overwhelming, it has also shown a worrying trend of people not being able to access it.
According to the app, a significant proportion of fans in Brazil and Russia have difficulty accessing it, as it’s only available to subscribers of a telecom provider.
It doesn’t stop there though.
According a report in The New York Times, mobile users in the US, UK, and China are seeing a decline in the number of people using the app.
“The trend has been apparent in the United States, where it has been on the decline, and in China, where the trend is less pronounced,” the report said.
“However, the US continues to lead the world in the use of mobile-based soccer, and mobile-enabled soccer fans are increasingly using mobile devices to access their favorite teams.”
The US Soccer Federation has not yet responded to The New Yorker’s questions about the situation, but the USOC has been accused of not providing enough training for its academies.
“It’s unfortunate that the US has a limited supply of soccer players,” US Soccer spokesperson Matt Miller told The New Yorkers article.
“But as a matter of policy, we’re working with the USL to create a more robust supply of quality players.”
“It doesn.t mean that we don’t try to make sure that the quality is there, but we’re not doing it in a way that would create a bottleneck.
Meanwhile, the lack of access to mobile is causing a backlash.”
The US has no shortage of young players, but with a limited number of clubs willing to pay big bucks to sign them, the number will inevitably fall.
Meanwhile, the lack of access to mobile is causing a backlash.
“It’s a lot easier to say ‘We don’t want to be there’ when there’s a shortage of players, because you can’t tell people ‘You’re not going to be able to attend.’ “
There’s been a lot of pressure on fans to not attend and there’s been an effort by the likes of the US Soccer to stop them from going,” one fan told the publication.
And it’s been very easy for people to say, ‘Yeah, we know you’re not in the tournament, but why would I want to go to the tournament if I’m not going there?'”