The diagram above shows New Zealand Football’s proposed numbering system, as detailed in their Whole of Football plan. In today’s game, with players wearing squad numbers, the number on the back of a player’s top very rarely denotes the position they are playing in so I shouldn’t really be too upset by the proposal above. But I am and here’s why:
- Why number the players in order from the back until you get to number 7?
- If the centre forward is going to be the traditional number 9, why can’t the centre halves be 5 and 6 like they have been for the last fifty years?
Put simply if you are going to reinvent the wheel, reinvent the Whole of the Wheel not just the parts you think nobody cares about because I, for one, do!