Posted: 11/11/2013 at 22:15
Considering what fraction of an hour of IT or admin time £10 would get you in the world of business, it seems pretty cheap to me. Bureaucratic maybe, but it's an unfortunate consequence of being governed by the same body as the elites where the rules are there for everyone's benefit.
Having previously been a regular Sunday league footballer and at times club secretary, treasurer etc, I'd say football is just as bureaucratic, but more expensive. Take the example of a mickey mouse Sunday league club in England wanting to register a player who is English, has lived in England for years, but last officially played for a pub team in Wales - no problem you'd think? - think again, you're supposed to contact the Welsh FA to get International Clearance
Mate wants to invite along the Polish lad who works with him on the local building site to play a game of football? Hold your horses, best now write to the Polish FA to get International Clearance!
Get three quarters of the way through a league season and find your squad depleted by injury or apathy and struggling to put out a team? Just recruit some more players then, always plenty of people around up for a game of footie surely? Sorry, transfer deadline's been and gone. Forfeit all your season's efforts and get fined for not completing the season, or get new players to play under old players' names and hope you don't get caught and hope they don't break a leg because they won't be insured if they do!
Register for a football club, play a few games and then have nothing whatsoever to do with them for the rest of the season? So what? Better hope that club doesn't fold with any debts to the local league / FA / other clubs / referees etc, otherwise you can expect a polite letter from the county FA informing you that you owe 'your share' of that club's debts, and you'll be blocked from registering for any other clubs for the rest of your 'career' until you do!
Athletics doesn't seem so bad to me...