The Football-Soccer Department at LWOS
Our minimum quota is one analytical article every second week, though we prefer one article per week in-season.
The articles you will be writing will generally fall under one of three categories: short form, mid form, and news.
A short form is a current club storyline, player profile, or analysis of something happening within a club. It is typically 500-1000 words in length, however there are times it might be longer. Avoid articles shorter than 500 words. The article should have:
- a clear thesis
- several well articulated arguments
- evidence of you being authority on the topic
- at least two outside sources linked to article
- quotes, to show a breadth of understanding of the topic
A short form article should be 25% opinion and 75% fact.
A note on editorials: I would urge you to write an editorial piece at least once a month. This will keep you connected with the pulse of your readership, and it will show flexibility in your portfolio. These should still contain a mix of sourced research and quotes, but will be is more flexible with how much opinion you insert. With this type of piece it is even MORE critical to have a clear thesis, otherwise it will simply come off as railing or fanzine nonsense.
Mid form articles can also be on a club, but typically they are on a bigger topic that affects multiple clubs or even leagues. Examples of these are officiating, corruption, league rules, health concerns, and other league/sport-wide issues. Mid forms are typically 800-1300 words and have a very clear thesis stated near the beginning of the article. There should be a minimum of five sources, and they can have a mix of quotes.
Covering important news topics is crucial, as it provides reader with a thorough reading experience. News articles are 250-400 words and are entirely focused on reporting facts, not opinions. A news article should have a credible source (a news outlet or magazine, journalist, university/college, media personality) and at least one quote. Embedding a tweet is a great way to give a break from text while also showing the article has been researched.
If you haven’t delved into the history of the world’s game beyond the obvious top lists (top keepers of all time, best strikers in the league, etc), then you are missing out on connecting with the game you love on a much deeper level. Particularly suitable in off-season, history articles are excellent ways to create depth to your writing.
Always be careful to research your subject thoroughly and vet any facts you use. For interviews, use correct formatting. For example: “This game means everything to me. Earlier in the year, I had a slight opportunity to go to NYCFC, and they passed up on me,” Grella told LWFC.
When quoting from another writer’s piece, YOU MUST LINK THAT PIECE. If you didn’t get the quote yourself, or it didn’t come from a press release, you MUST give credit to that person (if unsure, ask an editor or dept admin). If you use another piece for source material – statistics, charts, heat maps, etc – you also must link that piece.
== Football-Soccer Dept Exemplars ==
The Arsenal Corner Conundrum 
A Case for Regionalisation of the European Qualifying Draw 
Have Bournemouth Concocted the Right Formula? 
What Does it Mean to be a Modern Day Football Fan? 
How the World Cup Affected the Transfer Market 
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