Soccer Message Board
|Subject: Re-posted from another board ... thoughts ?|
|Posted by: Trigon on Sun Jun 10 2012 9:04:43 AM|
I'm expecting traditonalists to dislilke ... for tradition's sake ...
In order for soccer to approach major sports status in USA, these rule
changes are needed for FAR --- Futbol, American Rules :
1. Eliminate the "offsides" rule. A purely foolish rule for which the only
justification is that "it's always been that way" and that "ice hockey
does it too". Would basketball be a better sport with "offsides" ... are
fast breaks really that boring?
2. Make the goal bigger ... may need to iterate until determining the
optimal size ... BUT, it simply needs to be big enough for the average
score to be 7-6 instead of 1.3 to 0.4. I'm thinking something like 3-4 feet
wider and 1-2 feet taller ... yes, tall goalies will increase in value.
3. Nothing is worse than a team with a 1-0 lead packing all 11 players
back in on defense and trying to kill 80+ minutes in a defensive shell...
some overmatched teams may even employ this strategy in hopes of a
0-0 draw. SO, any team that is tied must leave 1 player on the offensive
side of the field ... if you lead, you must leave 2 players on the offensive
side of the field. This will open the game up and provide for 10 off. v. 10
def. and 10 off. v. 9 def. instead of the normal 10 off. v. 11 def, which is
too often boring.
4. Similar to the 3 point field goal in basketball, a bonus should be
awarded for long goals (to encourage occasional longer rocket shots) ...
perhaps this would be scored as 1.5 points, versus making regular
goals worth 2 and long shots 3 ... soccer is big on tradition after all (tic).
5. Change the penalty area from the rectangle shape to round off the
corners closest to midfield ... no reason to enclose include those lower-
strategic areas. At the same time, adjust the size of this area to the
proper distance from which a well-struck 1.5 point goal could be
6. Instant replay use where warranted ... such as for determining when
a "flop" has occurred (though this can also be decided without the use
of replay video), the player shall receive a two minute penalty and
subsequent violations by the team also result in penalty shots for the
+ Increased attendance at games.
+ More action, possession of the ball becomes much more valuable -
and valued... as there is a legitimate chance to score provided now on
+Increased TV ratings
+All the same skills will be required as for regular "soccer" so you can
go back to the boring "old-style" for International play/ World Cup ... or
else, start World Cup FAR.
An exhibition using these rules with good pro/college/high school teams
would quickly show this to be a superior game.
|Re-posted from another board ... thoughts ? -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 9:04:43 AM|
|If someone doesn't like soccer now, those rules won't change their opinion. -- Hoo05Dave Sun Jun 10 2012 8:03:09 PM|
|Disagree ... -- Trigon Mon Jun 11 2012 6:18:26 AM|
|MLS makes those changes and they would be laughed at. Current fans would bail, -- Hoo05Dave Mon Jun 11 2012 6:38:31 PM|
|People don't dislike the sport inherently ... it just needs more action/scoring. ** -- Trigon Tue Jun 12 2012 8:24:44 PM|
|Well, you're simply wrong. No need to carry on further discussion... you've lost -- Hoo05Dave Tue Jun 12 2012 10:42:17 PM|
|Nevermind... I read that wrong. Missed the "don't" My bad. -- Hoo05Dave Tue Jun 12 2012 10:48:30 PM|
|The rules of the league, not the game, are what needs fixing. -- DurangHoo Sun Jun 10 2012 2:10:34 PM|
|So you don't see MLS reaching major status any time soon as played, contract ... -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 3:35:50 PM|
|What is major status? -- DurangHoo Sun Jun 10 2012 5:02:26 PM|
|Correct ... -- Trigon Mon Jun 11 2012 6:29:07 AM|
|So what cities do you see keeping their MLS teams. -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 4:52:05 PM|
|DurangHoo's plan. ** -- Trigon Mon Jun 11 2012 6:19:46 AM|
|I've seen all of these before. -- HoosInLondon? Sun Jun 10 2012 10:01:16 AM|
|There's only thing soccer needs to do ... -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 10:51:15 AM|
|Geezer time! The NASL had a 35-yard line for offisides. -- HowieT3 Sun Jun 10 2012 2:53:37 PM|
|... who else has flopping besides basketball? ** -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 11:14:13 AM|
|Football (i.e. holding, pass interference, personal fouls) ... -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 11:33:55 AM|
|Nice ... -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 10:47:59 AM|
|Long winded reply -- HoosInLondon? Sun Jun 10 2012 1:39:58 PM|
|... -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 2:55:50 PM|
|MLS teams are averaging less than 1.3 goals per game currently ... -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 11:12:09 AM|
|I'll let better soccer experts debate with you, BUT ... -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 11:40:36 AM|
|US's top athletes will probably always gravitate to the other sports where ... -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 12:06:01 PM|
|I hope we haven't peaked out. US hockey has progressed immensely ... -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 12:12:31 PM|
|MOI was big because it was US collegians against Russia's pros - has US pro ... -- Trigon Sun Jun 10 2012 12:40:55 PM|
|Absolutely. Check out how many 1st round draft choices came from the US recently -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 1:04:29 PM|
|And in reality, only 4 or 5 players ... -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 1:09:23 PM|
|Ed Olcyzk (OL-chuck) for Chic. and Ken Morrow for Islanders ** -- HowieT3 Sun Jun 10 2012 2:39:00 PM|
|Eddie Olczyk drafted in '84. Never played for 80 national team. -- blah Sun Jun 10 2012 3:13:00 PM|