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Do you want to write for Football Encyclopedia?
…here’s what we’re looking for:

Basics: You must be able to write. You don’t have to be perfect, but we want accurate spelling and complete sentences that actually make sense. Readers like sentences they can read.

The majority of our blogs are in English. But we also welcome blogs in other languages, especially blogs in the native language of the club.

Swearing is fine, in moderation. The odd cuss word will add power to a sentence, but too much makes it look like you don’t know any other words. It’s called the f-bomb for a reason: It should be devastating when you drop it.

You’ll also need to know how to do it bloggy style. That means inserting images and using hyperlinks. If you don’t know how then we can show you (it’s easy) but it’s essential that you’re willing to learn. Just so you know.

Content: Blogging isn’t just reprinting the news. That’s what newspapers are for. You need to be confident enough to state your opinion and write something interesting. but if necessary you can reprint.

Sense of humour is important too. We like to have fun on Football Encyclopedia, and hopefully the posts and comments on the site reflect that. Funny is good.

And as long as it’s football related, pretty much anything goes. If you think Joey Barton needs to learn some manners, we’re with you. If you think Paolo Maldini was overrated then feel free to say so. You’d be wrong (about Maldini, not about Barton) but that doesn’t mean you can’t say it. You can say pretty much anything you like.

But there is one Golden Rule: We don’t tolerate any insults based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. No exceptions.

Teams we want to cover: All of them. We love the English Premier League, but it’s not the only league in the world (even if it thinks it is.) We love La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1. We love MLS too. We love all football leagues and all football teams, no matter who and where they are. 

If a team already has a blogger: Then you may be out of luck. We’re happy to have multiple bloggers on the same site, but only if the current blogger is happy. If you want to write alongside a current blogger then the best thing to do is email them directly and ask them. You can find their address in the right hand column of Football Encyclopedia blog.

Commitment: Some bloggers post multiple times a day. Some bloggers post once or twice a week. The bloggers who post more often always have a bigger audience.

We appreciate enthusiastic, consistent and passionate bloggers. We don’t appreciate it when someone starts a blog, posts once a month and then gives up without telling us. If you do that then we’ll come round your house and pour orange juice on your keyboard.

Community: We’ve worked hard to build a community atmosphere on Football Encyclopedia, where all bloggers and commenters are friendly and supportive of each other. Even from rival teams. Debate and discussion is the name of the game, but we expect everyone to keep it friendly. We won’t fire up a blog for anyone who can’t.

How to apply: If you’ve made it this far, then you must be keen on writing for The Offside. Here’s what you do to apply.

1) You can contact us here or send an email to
2) Write Potential Blogger: [team you want to write for] in the subject line.
3) Please submit a sample post or two for the blog you would like to write for. Keep in mind our editorial guidelines above. If you’ve written for other football blogs, then feel free to include links.

If you do those three things then we guarantee we’ll get back to you. And if you’ve got what we’re looking for then we might be able to set you up with a team blog here on Football Encyclopedia
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