Wednesday, July 21, 2010

If You Were FIFA...

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I always wondered how one can come to conclusion that there is more attack now in football as 'encouraged' by FIFA. The world football governing body are claimants that they enforce laws in a manner that encourages scores. They have said they will always give doubt to an attacking players so that fans have a lot of moments to cheer about.

There has been nothing to suggest this is a philosophy the referees are encouraged to practise. Rather bizarre, there is this chorus of goal-line video technology cases seen at the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup, basically a result of negative officiating. A lot of offside calls were wrong. Tons of disallowed goals were the order of matches. Final analysis, there were few goals in this tournament than the previous.Verdict; a witch-hunt. What a waste of our time.

I have called for 'no offside ' for anyone outside the penalty area. Actually, goalkeepers are having it both ways. They use both hands and feet. Feet should never be used by a goalkeeper, unless he is dispatching a ball he caught, a free-kick or a goal-kick. With this in force, do you know how many goals we could have seen? Take a good guess. Furthermore, it should be a serious offence for the goalkeeper to catch a cross. They must stay glued on the line.

There is an issue with yellow cards. A guy gets 2 yellow cards in a match and he is out. IFAB should be more universal by stipulate that any team conceding 3 yellow cards should take off a single player. It is crazy to have a team like Holland, in which almost every player is cautioned and they remain unpunished. There is no fair play to protect the victims. A team that has a second player red-carded in the same match will also lose the goalkeeper simultaneously.

There was a rule that 3 consecutive corner-kicks led to a penalty. That rule must come back. It must stipulate 2 and not 3 this time. Additionally, if a goalkeeper punches the ball twice in a row, the referee should award a penalty.

Finally, no substitutions in the last 15 minutes of the game shall be allowed. If you were FIFA, what would you do to encourage more goals in matches?