Weekly Competition #38

Last week, we asked you to be open-minded and suggest one way football could be improved. We had lots of good suggestions! The winners this week summer up some common themes: Boutcher spoke about making the game, and the coverage of it, fairer between the sexes, whereas Malcolm Arnold mentioned the large salaries that footballers earn. Well done! 

This competition is now closed. We've wrapped up weekly competitions for this year, but please have a look at the highlights here


  1. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    If I could change one thing about football, it would be the pay gap between women and mens teams from the same country. Many women get payed a lot less than their male counterparts for winning more games and doing more work. Footballers get paid weekly and extra for each match. With the England male team, it is a lot better, because any winnings they get from the World Cup, they donate to charity. However, this doesn’t happen everywhere, and the gap is a lot larger.


  2. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    I think that football is a great sport but it can be improved in many ways.

    One thing that I would like to change is over-exaggeration used by some players when they get tackled. Footballers tend to make minor injuries into a huge deal to get the other player out, which then unnecessarily pauses the game and does not provide a good, entertaining game for everyone. I understand that players may want ‘over time’ so they have a bigger chance of scoring; however, I would like to suggest a stricter rule, such as a yellow card, for those behaviour that unnecessarily disrupts the game.

    I’d also like an extra challenge. It can be boring at times with just one ball going back and fourth. What would a football game be like with two or more balls to play? In addition, I personally think that the goal post is a bit too wide. It might make it a little more challenging for the players to score if the goal post was smaller.

    The half time break seems too short. I think footballers need a longer break, as it must be quite exhausting running around a huge pitch for 45 minutes! The players may feel more refreshed for the second half of the game if the break was longer or if the playing time was shorter. Also, during a longer break, the audience could participate in mini football-related games to enjoy the whole experience more.

    Lastly, I would like to propose that each captain’s football shirt has their own country’s flag printed on the front in a large size so that everyone, even those who don’t know much about football, will know who the captain of their football team is.

    h20 mermaids 🙂

  3. Boutcher Primary School Boutcher Primary School

    I would try and get people as into women’s football as they are men’s because when the men play football people would prefer to watch men’s football. I would also make sure the ref really has nothing to do with the countries that is playing. It would be more exciting if every country had to pay so that we can see what team was actually the best.


  4. Malcolm Arnold Academy Malcolm Arnold Academy

    The only thing I will change is the pay grade that footballers get – at average £676,000 per year. This is because a doctor – someone who actually saves lives – only earns an average of £55,000 to £80,000. This pay gap is outrageous. At the least, I believe that soldiers should earn more than footballers but the reality is that Soldiers only earn around £14,555 per year. This is unfair to everyone who risks their own lives for their country – they should earn more.



  5. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    I would like women’s football in the media to be more popular like men’s football as you don’t see that many articles written about women’s football or social media posts about it you mainly see more men’s football advertised or said on social media. It links to how women are always marginalised and men are always more dominant. This can link to how more people go to male matches than female for examplle: The largest sporting audience ever for a women’s event was the 90,000 people who watched the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the USA and China; in contrast, to the 2006 FIFA Men’s World Cup final was watched by 15.1 million individuals (a ninth of the entire population of the planet).

  6. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    How are we ment to make it exciting if it already is?

  7. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    I have decided to make it more exciting by putting all the greatest football people from every country and make them play a match and see which person wins for their country. This isn’t in big football games like the World Cup and things like that. It’s only for doing it about 10-16 times just for normal matches.

  8. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    Maybe you could change the football every year, to the teams colour that won every year. I’m just suggesting maybe if France won then change the football to green, white and blue.


  9. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    I dont think that we should alter football by the kit rules or game as it would over complicate the whole prossess of the sympile and much enjoyed football.

  10. Upton Cross Primary School Upton Cross Primary School

    If I were to change football it would be the the talk of the UNIVERSE!
    Starting with a change that would make ALL women more than elated. If the pay gap of women and men had become equal in football, it would REALLY make a difference. And then it is the respect towards the referee that also matters and the appropriate punishments he or she would give to the guilty player.
    Next, it would be the skills the football player would have because if the player had bad skills our faith depending on the entertainment of football would have been lost.
    After that and most importantly is…
    Football would not mix with politics.
    This one is a more personal opinion
    I think that if football mixed with politics it would be an incredibly upsetting sport with football players who are supposed to be in their practises wasting their time thinking on how brexit might effect them.
    That’s how I imagine near perfect football. Nothing is perfect.

    A Rowan Platinum Phoenix

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