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Timeline: Natalie Randolph named head football coach of Calvin Coolidge Senior High School (2010)

The news of Natalie Randolph being named head coach of Calvin Coolidge was broken by The Washington Post on 11 March 2010. Randolph was not formally named head coach until the day after, on the 12th. But The Washington Post had their inside sources.

The second article on this topic was published on the CNN website. The funny thing is that the CNN article was published on the same day as the article in The Washington Post but in the CNN article it says:

A high school in Washington, D.C., on Friday named a former women’s professional football player as its head varsity football coach… .

So the date on this article might be wrong because Thursday 11 March is the day before Randolph was formally named head coach. However, the story got recommended by nearly 6,000 on Facebook.

On Friday 12 March three stories got publish. NPR, weplay and DCist all published stories about Randolph being named head coach. NPR is the media outlet with the most readers of the three, which is reflected in the number of sharing and comments.

Other media outlets discussed and published stories about Randolph in the days after the announcement on 12 March.

13 March: SodaHead (opinion)

15 March: BlackAmericaWeb.com

16 March: ABC (video) & CBS (video)

17 March: National Women’s Law Center & Chick Talk Dallas

The reason why this topic was so popular at the time was because Randolph is a woman and not many women if any had done this in the USA before. So it was a breakthrough for women in a very male dominated sport, as football is in America. Some asked if Randolph would be able to teach boys football. However, most comments and opinions were of the positive kind.

PS. I tried to make a timeline for a story with only one URL but it was impossible to trace it for more than two steps back. I made several attempts without any luck.

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UEFA wants a 5-referee system at Euro 2012

UEFA President Michel Platini wants to introduce a 5-referee system at Euro 2012 to avoid controversial dicisions on the field.

UEFA has tried this system in the Europa League for a few years now, which Platini says has been a success.

Platini said that he is 500 per cent happy with how this system has worked in the Europa League and that the referees are happy with the system as well.

It’s not decided yet if Platini and UEFA’s 5-referee system will be used at the Euro 2012. This will most likely be decided on the weekend when UEFA are meeting with FIFA’s International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Platini said that he has suggested to use a 5-referee system to the IFAB earlier but got turned down. This time he is hoping to get a positive answer from the IFAB.

But do we need 5-referees?

In my opinion we don’t. We should use video technology instead. By using video technology on the goal-line, and to see if the ball is on or off the pitch, we can move the referees from the sidelines to the pitch. This way we can divide the pitch into 3 zones where each of the 3 referees covers one zone.

My zone-divided football pitch

My zone-divided football pitch







This means that there is no longer just 1 referee covering the whole pitch, pretty much, by himself/herself. Now, he/she will have two other referees on the pitch to help him/her. Each referee has the authority to make decisions in their area, but the referee in the middle have the last say when necessary.

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