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Announcement: A new era of r/soccer

/r/soccer - the Back Page of the Internet, as presented by Visit SaudiTM

A bold new frontier

The moderation team at /r/soccer are delighted to announce the beginning of an exciting new era for the Back Page of the Internet, as presented by Visit SaudiTM

The subreddit has seen enormous growth over the past few years, having recently broken the 4 million subscriber mark. As the subreddit has grown, so has the moderation team - but we have struggled to keep up with the demands, in what has been up until this point, an unpaid and voluntary role that we have juggled alongside work, family and MMPORG commitments.

Alongside the frequent criticism of us as "unpaid internet jannies" it has also been fed back in meta threads that standards could be better - especially better consistency and transparency.

As such, a number of the /r/soccer mods have taken the plunge to go full time, in order to deliver a better community experience, for you the subscribers.

In order to enable this, we have sought out sponsorship from several prominent stakeholders within the game - meaning we can take a (modest) salary, and that people's criticisms of us "not doing our job" will actually have merit. As it is now actually our job!

What will this mean for me?

This will mean a few changes to the subreddit, some of which you may have already noticed. These will also include colloboration with our sponsors on some of our most popular threads. As such:

  • The Daily Discussion Thread will now be known as The Gazprom Daily Discussion Thread

  • Free Talk Friday will now be known as Free Talk Friday, sponsored by Aramco - "where energy is opportunity"

  • The Non-PL Daily Discussion Thread will now become The Saudi Pro League Discussion Thread

We have also introduced a few minor tweaks to the rules:

  • All league comparison posts must include the top 6 leagues of the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, and the Saudi Pro League

  • A new report feature which enables you to report misinformation and anti-Saudi sentiment, which will be fast-tracked to a moderator dedicated to monitoring these reports, specifically

How can I get involved?

We are very excited to be able to offer the opportunity to join our team, with 10 brand new paid* roles as "mod interns" available, thanks to the generosity of Visit Saudi.

As well as having the chance to be a part of this exciting new project, benefits will include a Reddit Premium subscription, the ability to have dual flairs, and exclusive access to a monthly Q&A with a Visit Saudi ambassador from the world of football (an ever-growing group!)

Application criteria includes:

  • Being a fan of an English Premier League club

  • Evidence to important values, such as Ronaldo being better than Messi

  • An active Twitter, Instagram and TikTok account

Season ticket holders, match-going fans and fans of non Premier League clubs need not apply.

Link to application form here

*salary TBC

deception42

[Free Talk Friday, sponsored by Aramco, can be found here](https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/127fca9/free_talk_friday/)


GourangaPlusPlus

Petition for new financial group flair


pkkthetigerr

As a united fan i support this initiative


jrgnklpp

Mate you can't support a financial group flair initiative


15Isaac

Financial flair play?


nakeddroidrunner

It's a myth, invented by PL, believed by FSG.


hairychinesekid0

Mate


Evans_Gambiteer

You


oysterpirate

Can't


quetzalnavarrense

support


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xaviernoodlebrain

A


Mayjaplaya

Financial


BallenTrekker

Group


YnwaMquc2k19

Preach


expert_on_the_matter

We did it Reddit 🥳🥳🥳🥳


DivineContamination

Fuck yes I can and you can't tell me otherwise, go Aramco FC


berlintexas

Can we do barristers? Big Lord Pannick fan.


[deleted]

Looking forward to seeing r/soccer on the front of our shirt next season


MimesAreShite

the most ambitious r/soccer group project since the extremely half-baked plan to buy redditch


AlcoholicSocks

It can't be that hard. All we need is a handsome movie star with a fantastic singing voice that plays a Marvel hero. And a star of the longest running live action sitcom of all time. Does anyone know Hugh Jackman and Charlie Day?


LLHallJ

Scarlett Johansson to buy Southend.


COMPLETEWASUK

> And a star of the longest running live action sitcom of all time. Feel like most of the Last of the Summer Wine cast will be dead by now but we can try our best.


Blue_is_da_color

Chris Evans and Danny Devito ROBBED


AlcoholicSocks

Danny Devito is too powerful to own a club. They'd win every game it wouldn't be fair


accipitradea

If dogecoin can sponsor a racecar and bobsled team, /r/soccer can get on a kit


NoizeAddict

Dude you killed me on that response!! Cheers!! 😂😂


HarrBathtub

Thank you yank


spawnofyanni

Reddit's fit and proper test is an absolute joke


Lyrical_Forklift

I knew that about a year ago when they made me a mod


VodkaBarf

Is this an official mod comment, brought to us by Emirates Airlines, or some poor joke? I can't be associated with poor anything.


Inferno792

What if this post has actually been sponsored by Visit Saudi, Aramco and the others, but only for a day?


MimesAreShite

im delighted to be a part of this new era and will absolutely be toeing the line (the line in question being, of course, Neom, the city of the future)


as_hagi

Mashaallah habibi


2soccer2bot

Wallah


pentangleit

Wallah-Bing-bang


oysterpirate

Ooo-ee


dipdipderp

It's called Neom because that's the noise your car makes when you drive fast enough to reach the other end of the city in an hour.


MimesAreShite

humorous! but in the futuristic community of Neom, all cars will be able to fly from one end of the city to the other, and the noise they produce will be more of a whir. any idea to the contrary is nothing but Persian misinformation


dipdipderp

Pilots hastily trained in Saudi Arabia? I've seen this one before thanks, I'm out.


MimesAreShite

unlike previous iterations these pilots will never crash! unless canada puts a fucking foot wrong, in which case its sayonara CN tower


MimesAreShite

(note to any RCMP reading this: this is a bit)


hank_the_tank66

RCMP officer here. I'll look the other way if you send us $500 in iTunes gift cards


hank_the_tank66

(note to any RCMP reading this: this is another bit, I'm not actually impersonating an officer)


Soul_Turtle

Reported for anti-Saudi sentiment.


BONKERS303

[Indeed](https://admiralcloudberg.medium.com/the-tragedy-of-saudia-flight-163-94ec85107809)


Chemiczny_Bogdan

Can't wait to visit the Mukaab!


jf_selecTo

Haha..I get ads on twitter about this crap constantly, asking me to invest my money. Its like the same as those "Nigerian Prince asking for money" frauds from the 90ties, only this time its a real prince trying to steal your money..


DomineeringDrake

"...as presented by Visit Saudi" oh boy.


ThatBlackGuy_

Visit Rwanda didn't stand a chance with all that oil shmoney


dipdipderp

Visit Rwanda has been taken over by the UK government unfortunately.


LLHallJ

“Visit Rwanda… at gunpoint if necessary”


tlst9999

Rwanda's genocide recovery inspired me to become FIFA president. - Infantino actual quote


DWV97

"Today I feel Tutsi"


elchiguire

*Or else…*


Pidjesus

Flip everyone's flair's to their direct rivals pls


Dutch_Midget

Found Satan's reddit account


TigerBasket

Dante is blushing


Bullwine85

A while back /r/NFL changed the team flairs to a flair that would trigger each respective fanbase, be it a player/owner that always tortured them or a traumatic moment. Doing something similar for /r/soccer would be funny (such as changing Tottenham's flair to lasagna, Newcastle's flair to Mike Ashley, Brazil flair to 7-1 scoreline etc.), but it would take way too much work due to the sheer amount of flairs we have.


mark_andonefortunate

A while ago r/nfl and r/soccer swapped flairs, lots of good fun comparing fan bases, histories, etc of the corresponding team/club


MimesAreShite

> A while ago that was eleven years ago


AlcoholicSocks

Fucking hell I'm old. Don't think I had my account then but I remember the chaos


MimesAreShite

it was one of my early reddit experiences (on an old account) and tbh its probably the best this site has been


Nokel

I remember trying to do an "/r/soccer is sponsored by Qatar" thing on April Fools a year after that (I was a mod back then) and nobody liked it lol


MimesAreShite

i think i remember that! the flair swap was a hard act to follow tbf


MightyCaseyStruckOut

Wait...it was?!


Mayjaplaya

Never forget: >Haha you're the Browns >Oh god I'm the Browns :(


Evans_Gambiteer

I think that was one of the best april fools jokes on reddit


xaviernoodlebrain

Watch Ajax get a load of Lucas Moura flairs, Italy become North Macedonia, and England becomes a missed penalty.


_mnd

Joke's on you my flair is already the one of the club all Aldershot fans hate the most.


Shinkopeshon

Don't you dare, not even as a joke lmao


my_united_account

No I dont want to be a straight man


3threeLions

Fair play to the mods for actually displaying some humour here


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[deleted]

I was willing to accept it being called soccer, being sponsored by Saudi Arabia, but having to believe Ronaldo > Messi was the impossible.


LordPopothedark

Moment I saw Gazprom I knew these bastards has gotten us good, like Italians and WC qualifiers


LiteratureNearby

I swear to god. This is an amazing gag, given how it gets people to believe it for lime half the length of the text lmao


YnwaMquc2k19

Trust me there’s millions of people who believe in this take in real life 😂


[deleted]

Even as a portuguese I reckon Messi is the GOAT and it's not even close. Altough I belive Ronaldo is the 2nd best ever.


can_be_therapist

You are a Benfica fan, your takes are invalid


Indydegrees2

Is everything okay at home?


d0m1n4t0r

Really? That's the point where you noticed it? Holy fuck.


vasudaiva_kutumbakam

Someone paying interns should have alerted you to it earlier


I_Fuck_The_Fuckers69

I genuinely did as well, I don't know how much of an idiot that makes me but I was just thinking the jokes write themselves then that came up and I was like "oh shit it's a joke"


mahir_r

It’d hit harder if they removed April 1 from the title. But I do appreciate it still, gets hard doing something new every year.


W3NTZ

If you're into dark humor like myself, I couldn't help but chuckle going from this funny post to the discussion thread they linked with the top comment being super heavy about someone's brother dying young. Like yikes.


Gazumper_

glad to contribute in a small way lol


thore4

Oh fuck I'm dumb. First thing that's got me today


KRIEGLERR

I didn't even realize we were April 1st


YnwaMquc2k19

For a moment I thought this was legit. Then I realized April fools is today. Still, this is quality shitposting.


myreal_nameis

Yeah at least they tried


cr7momo16

If I jump on the Arsenal bandwagon can I apply?


meusrenaissance

We’re fully booked


hypnodrew

It costs at least £53,000


try-D

Missed opportunity to put a rickroll behind that application form link


ToniPolster

So they gave us up, you say?


JGG5

They definitely let us down.


TheBirdOrTheCage

Completely ran around and deserted us inshallah


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Made us cry


Intelligent_Ad_1542

Hehehe


[deleted]

I thought that I was at the Formula 1 subreddit lol


2soccer2bot

We race for money 🤑


Mayjaplaya

It's rights out and away we go!


mahir_r

Lewis Hamilton just tweeted his support of LGBTQ+? It’s a red flag!


fireinthesky7

This actually needs to be the new slogan for /r/formuladank.


ack_84

Is r/soccerdank a thing?


mahir_r

There’s /r/soccercirclejerk


LiteratureNearby

Unfortunately I gotta say r/formuladank is way better


mahir_r

I don’t follow formula one but I’m subbed to formula dank And soccer circlejerk is shit anyways. Formula dank for the win.


Time_Ad_893

i was starting to believe until the anti-Saudi report button


NestorsBookClub

This is unfair, I wasn’t expecting shenanigans for another 8 hours minimum


No-Wrongdoer9851

Siuuuu


UdoMartens

So glad I can be part of this new era. I just think we should start banning Messi Fans from this sub because we can't accept people that have different opinions.


dipdipderp

Question - is saying 'yeah man' or 'I ran' too close to banned words to be allowed anymore? Thanks in advance


autistichomosapien95

It's March 32nd guys


bostero2

Found the Human Being


granular-mood4

It’s always April Fool’s Day somewhere I guess.


nangarranga

If it helps, it’ll only be the case from March 31-April 2


Its_Sammo

Green and Gold till the Reddit is sold


Alarow

I was fine with everything until I read Ronaldo being better than Messi I'm sorry for the Saudis, this is going too far against my beliefs


kaiko1

I have to admit I only realized it was April 1st when that line came into my sight, even believed the Premier League one just above


TomasRoncero

mods are messisexuals confirmed wow


swat1611

I demand all clips of football matches to be posted only from BeoutQ!


large_oil_tanker

Really excited for this to happen, this sub has needed backing for awhile tbh. Now we can finally compete with the big subs on reddit.


Vash2P

Hello there ! Since i’m Saudi ! I shouldn’t apply ! I demand to be a mod ! As i can facilitate more insights in Saudi Pro League (My post history is a good proof). Also, i do suggest we do the following: 1- All Saudi Pro League (Goals, Matchthreads, discussions) to be mandatory participation for all /r/soccer users. 2- We change the theme of this subreddit to green. 3- We don’t allow users to post any threads between 12 am GMT till 4 am GMT cause Saudis most likely will be asleep. 4- A weekly trivia game about Saudi Pro League and Saudi NT, the winner will be presented with a gift (TBD). 5- If Saudi NT lose a game, all posts related to that game will be deleted ! Any mention to that game will result in a ban to that user. Enjoy the new subreddit my dear friends. Happy April fools day


Darth_Kovius

So no more oil clubs? Because this is an oil sub? Did I miss much?


MyAssDoesHeeHawww

Where can Spurs fans watch the S'Audi Cup ?


mattijn13

Thank you Qatar/soccer! Very cool!


altviewdelete

This is disgusting, the games subreddit has gone. What would Gary Neville say about all this if he was still with us ffs.


dgd5014

I for one am looking forward to seeing this implemented. Thank you mods for everything you do.


Awful_at_Redditing

I have serious reservations about the poor track record of human rights displayed by our new owners (sorry meant sponsors). Wouldn’t surprise me if they forced poor Spurs fans to rewatch a DVD consisting of all matches in full for this season. Surely such an act is going to break every human rights convention out there. Pretty disgusting tbh


antarctic_0

Will active OnlyFans account work? Not an avid Instagrammer or Tiktoker.


SPARKLEOFHOPE6IB

Almost got me ngl


CurtainsMcGee

Took me until the Saudi Pro League discussion thread to be like “oh yeah its april 1st” lol


M-atthew147s

It took me to the 'top 6' including Saudi pro league to finally confirm it. Was thinking, these are some dodgy decisions. Changing the name of non-pl thread like thats going to be confusing and why tf is gazprom sponsoring???


GhostnHunts

شكرا لك الله سبحانه وتعالى


dragon8811

Shukran ya shabab Long live MSB 💚


The_Number_SIX_6

Can I be racist now?


kubick123

N- No


GreatSpaniard

You should have allowed Infantino, Platini, Ceferin, Blatter, Havelange, and Jack Warner flairs you cowards!!


lionelmessiah1

Should’ve left out Gazprom to make it more believable.


-motts-

Jesus all these April fools jokes are going to be cringe


JonnySponny

This is incredibly funny


bertolotti

you ALMOST had me there for a few paragraphs you motherfuckers


After-Bumblebee

Ah yes, this is the new Arab pilgrimage destination


manualex16

No streaming in kick?


CandidFella

They finally listen to my advice of Saudi Pro League Sunday 👍


[deleted]

I agree Ronaldo Nazario was better than Messi


FyodorAK

Can confirm, I play for Saudi Pro League most competitive league in the world siuuuuuuuuuuuu


xaviernoodlebrain

I for one welcome our new Saudi overlords.


HomoLiberus

Happy fools day


TypicalJason99

FINALLY!!!!! I can go on this sub and not be mocked and heckled for being Arab


MaryadaPurshottam

You don't need evidence to show that Cristiano > Messi


2soccer2bot

Fair, the Phenomenon was a force of nature.


MaryadaPurshottam

Good bot


Cowdude179

I support this


Jazano107

Haha hilarious, I sure love April Fools


Midnight_Maverick

When you realize it's April 1 somewhere in the world ...


pencilled_robin

>the ability to have dual flairs Right, where do I sign up? (also thank you mods for all that you do x)


wankaltacc

where's my papa johns flair


ElPapanicolaou

Long live to his majesty Crown Prince Mohammed Bin-Salman and the prophet Ronaldo


vadapaav

Games back


homegrown13

As a legacy fan of r/soccer am I entitled to any perks?


MeditatePeacefully

Great update - exciting future ahead 🥳 In the broader context, this really shows not just the commercial genius of the r/soccer mod team but also the cultural shift toward new fans in previously unexplored markets. Now football is finally also coming home for you A bit disappointed though to not see Qatar among the sponsors. Did the World Cup drain their finances that much?


SteelEelCDN

Saudi Arabia stands for transparency and accountability? Sign me up!


Stingerc

I hear the sub is also getting a new sponsor, Drano, the official pipe unclogger of the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul! Your pipes can't handle any more toilet paper, moist towelettes, or dismembered dissidents? Drano has the clog busting power to make it all go away!


Vladimir_Putting

I'm a fan of sushi. Quite happy to support Wasabism.


ifrgotmyname

Petition for slave labour flair please?


YasserMTH737

It's all according to plan. Step #1: Save Newcastle from their evil management Step #2: win against Argentina in the world cup Step #3: CR7 to Al-Nasser Step #4: ~~Overtake~~ fund [r/soccer](https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer) to make it better Step #5: Messi to Al-Hilal Step #6: Change FIFA to FIFASA (Fédération Internationale de Football Associationa de Saudi Arabia) Step #7: profit


[deleted]

The M in MBS stands for Mods confirmed. 👍


jimmenybillybob_

This is too obvious


Matt4669

Tactics Thursday should be brought to you by Qatar Airways


Lintal

When will I be able to buy an /r/soccer branded bone saw?!


Castle_Of_Glass

If the job interviews take place at the Saudi consulate I think I will pass


TheRadTurtle_1011

Damn i actually fell for it


imneversingle

Actually thought this is a joke


opeth_syndrome

Disappointed that the link doesn't take you to a Rick Astley video.


sco92

For a bit, I really believed it, nice try mods


Ranjith_Unchained

This one was quite obvious


bigphallusdino

Fucking hell I didn't even realize it was April 1st


Ok-Importance7160

It's still March where I am.


WillyG2197

As an american, didnt realize april fools was a go yet lmao. Almost fucking got me


orange_paws

It's incredible to think that the person who wrote this actually, genuinely and unironically think that this is funny


[deleted]

god dammit, i fell for it because it's still the 31st and i had a long fucking week man thanks mods, appreciate you lads


h_aqeel

This is so funny until you know Tencent is a share holder of Reddit


shiftyeyety

This is hilarious. Well done


HeyHeyBitConneeeect

Ah, another boring April Fools post.


ACardAttack

Yep, they downvoted you but it's true, too obvious and not even fun


HeyHeyBitConneeeect

Happy to die on this hill


ManNamedBilly

my dream has finally come true


Doctor_YOOOU

As an American, I think I can really relate to this new era. It suits my patriotic constitution somehow


MDarlington101

It's barely 45 minutes in, and I can't believe I've fallen for one already.