Soccer is currently showing its 12th World Cup event in my life; it’s the first time I’ve seen. It’s true that I’m not an expert on soccer. But, as an attorney with more expertise than I’d want to recall, I’m an expert in rules. I recognize bad rules when I observe them, and soccer has been awash with them.
I’m aware that I’m writing in vain as all I’ve learned on FIFA refers to it as a stumbling bureaucracy that is moving with the speed of erosion. More importantly, there are reports that FIFA enjoys the controversy and is gleefully viewing all the discussion about bad officiating by the lens of “there’s nothing like negative publicity”.
FIFA’s mistake. The live score spbo can’t thrive in this the conditions. Fans who are new will not be able to bear games that are controlled by referees. In addition, soccer unlike baseball doesn’t require publicity through scandal, controversy, or conflicts. The soccer game can sustain its worldwide popularity due to the merits of the sport by itself, and that’s not counting the fact that soccer is so affordable to play. In the end, to begin playing soccer all you require is an area with a ball, some ridiculous rules.
I also realize that FIFA won’t alter the guidelines as long as Adidas, McDonald’s, Budweiser and Nike have told them to. However, in the wake of the most badly major sporting event to be officiated by a referee since Wrestlemania Perhaps it’s time to consider new ways to have soccer officially supervised. I’m developing a greater appreciation for the sport and its quick movement and rapidity, with the latter is a characteristic that remains elusive to American professional sports and the break-in-the action pace.
Despite my increasing appreciation for soccer but this year’s World Cup has lead me to conclude that soccer is a fantastic sport, but it isn’t performing to its full potential because of the betrayal of its officials, rules, and the governing body. Being a spectator of FIFA and the officials who are inflicting a stifle on soccer’s untapped potential is just as annoying just as watching an athlete snuff out a thoroughbred horse.
The kettle of game-altering calls is increased with each round, and then the inevitable shrug from shoulders of FIFA It’s hard to determine where to start reform. My suggestion is to start with the field of play. The best way for starting is to modify the rules to require less from officials and then return game’s results to the players.
1. 1. First of all, alter the offside rule. The soccer offside rule is the most absurd rule that has ever been used in an organized sports. The issues with this rule are numerous. In a theoretical sense it is the only rule in which only one team has control over the boundaries of the field. Amazingly, the team that defends players are able to actually turn the opponent offside simply by sprinting forward once the pass is executed. It’s a defensive “play” is not displaying any athleticism, fails to end scoring opportunities that are extremely valuable for soccer players, and also appears silly. The lines of a soccer field must be fixed and unmovable.
In essence the rule of offside obliges the assistant of the referee to be watching too many things at once, instances that are separated by distance, and which happen in a fraction of a second. When a typical ball is passed into the penalty zone which is the area where the most controversial blow-calls take place, the official has to be able to see the player passing the ball, and also observe the position of the receiver and contrast that position (at the moment of the passing) against the location of players who defend. Since the boundary for offside play is moving constantly and the official is often required to call the play even while moving, which is a significant issue. When the offside official is found be either down or up field away from the moving line the accuracy of his decision to make an offside call is greatly impaired.
As there is a lot of gaps between the receiving and passing players, it’s practically impossible observe both at the same time. In order to correctly call the play the official will require independent eyes this is not a luxury granted to us by evolution. Therefore, the current offside rule is correctly interpreted by lizards, horses and Marty Feldman. No wonder replays frequently confirm the ruling on the field to be wrong.
The answer? Borrow from the game of hockey. Soccer will create an imaginary line across the field. Draw a line 10 yards away from the highest point of the penalty zone. If the ball crosses over the line, the rule of offsides is no longer in effect. All passes are legal. If the pass was initiated over the line the offsides rule will remain in effect. The rule would be simpler to determine, which would reduce crucial blown calls. The rule could also enhance the excitement by allowing more scoring opportunities particularly in sets into the box from far.
2. Let replays be played on goals. There’s nothing more frustrating for a soccer fan than witnessing an unjustified decision on a score. For soccer players, a missed call to score is an event that can change the game. These blown calls test the endurance of the most ardent fans and dissuade new fans. FIFA’s stubbornness and absolute indifference on this fundamental issue increases the anger and frustration of fans. The majority of people who support athletics do so to enjoy the entertainment of great athletes, not be angry by poor officiating. If you host an event that is a sport and fans walk away unhappy and irritated the event has been a failure as a governing body and set the stage for your sport’s decline in the eyes of the public.
Technology has provided the football fan the ability to view the real story behind goals on screen, be it the television or a smart phone and it can be a significant power. FIFA isn’t averse to using this technology for the sake of the game. Fans aren’t going to continue to believe the myth of “keeping the game simple” to justify not using this technology while the reality is playing out directly in front of their eyes.
FIFA must make use of goal line technology, and allow coaches, similar to the NFL for replay challenges for goals. If FIFA will not use goals line cameras at a minimum put a person behind the net to act as goal judge. The NHL has goal-judges in all its games. It’s absurd to FIFA the soccer equivalent to Super Bowl, to Super Bowl, to rely on officials that are 20 or thirty years from now to be the ultimate and sole decision on goals.
3. Let the players to make substitutions. Even the most committed soccer fan will admit that the game can be quite ragged during the second period as players become tired. There’s nothing positive to the game when fans observe tired players running across a field. To take a cue from hockey let teams easily swap players during the game, and even allow substitutions in the nick of time. A rule like this would emphasize the athleticism and talent that the athletes. Think about how much more thrilling and fast-paced the sport would be when it was played by athletes who are rested and with fresh legs.
4. Stop the clock when goals and injuries. Why should you leave the amount of time lost during the game to decision of the referee? Simply stop the clock. The delays caused by injury and goal celebrations can hurt the team in front. How many times did you watch your team suffer and lose minute after minute of vital game time to another team’s players who are scurrying around the field, with injuries that are exaggerated? There’s no reason to make the referee’s approximate stoppage times, which are usually insufficient, allow him to stop the clock.
5. Don’t allow a team to play shorthanded. Aren’t ejections and free kicks sufficient? In addition, having the team that was penalized play in a short-handed manner for the remainder of the game could have one offence too much of an impact in the end score. The call is now destiny for the team being penalized. The rules should permit the team that is penalized to bring with a different player.