What are some of the best websites for learning about English soccer?
Well, for me, it’s not about players and current tactics and (God forbid) transfer rumors. I want to know the history, the culture and the clubs. For that, here are five websites that I keep at hand when planning trips or just studying up on the game.
Footballhistory.org is a great all-around resource for the history of the game and some of the clubs. Right now, for example, they have articles on the history of formations, shoes, and the English national team. There are also links to many of the top clubs.
The London Football Guide is just an extraordinary site, one man’s passion to track all the games going on in London. And if you think that means four or five Premier League games, you’d be wildly mistaken. He goes down into lower-league London-area clubs and even into the non-league world. In fact, it was he who created Non-League Day.
Yanks Abroad isn’t so much about studying the game as it is keeping up with Americans playing overseas. There are articles and links, but the best for me is the list by player, showing which club they are with. I use it to search for Americans in any game I’m watching or considering.
Football Ground Guide is the best of many such sites I’ve seen; it’s an “away day guide” to all the grounds in the league, and then some. I use it for thee basic purposes: figuring out how to get to a ground, where some of the local pubs can be found, and where the away fans will be — essential for me deciding where to sit.
Copa90 is not a website as such, rather a YouTube channel. But it’s a great one, focused on the culture of football worldwide. They have some stuff I don’t care about, like their “personalities” chumming it up with players. The parts I like are stories about clubs and supporters all over the world, in particular their Derby Days series.
Here is the full list of my suggested English soccer links.