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Old June 29 2010, 08:11 PM   #31
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

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To be honest.. just because it's not very popular in the US the world needs to change the rules to make it more appealing to americans?

It may be a new concept for some but the world doesn't solely revolve around the US. American football is near unheard of in some parts of the world whereas football is played all around.

How about you change some American football rules to make it more exciting for us Europeans?
How dare you defy the superpower!

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Old June 29 2010, 08:48 PM   #32
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

They just need to try and score more often. Passing the ball back and forth in the middle of the field instead of driving towards the place you need to be to score just seems like a waste of time to me.
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Old June 29 2010, 08:54 PM   #33
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

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They just need to try and score more often. Passing the ball back and forth in the middle of the field instead of driving towards the place you need to be to score just seems like a waste of time to me.
Football is not all about the score, it's about the beauty of the gesture.
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Old June 29 2010, 08:58 PM   #34
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

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They just need to try and score more often. Passing the ball back and forth in the middle of the field instead of driving towards the place you need to be to score just seems like a waste of time to me.
I suggest (if you have the time and will to learn) that you watch football much more often, then you'll realize that this "pointless" passing back and forth is often a tactic to draw the opposing team out of position so that a good pass can create an opportunity. It is at times a tactic to play down the clock, but more often it's the former.


Also, to expand slightly () on my earlier point. I disagree that more goals would make football more exciting. Part of the game is that even if your team has been better for 80 minutes, but couldn't get more than a one goal lead, this means that you always worry about that one devastating attacking play/fluke goal that'll change the result completely. The relatively low scoring nature of football is an essential part of the game (maybe not in its infancy, but it is today).
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Old June 29 2010, 08:59 PM   #35
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Last night, Letterman suggested that the vuvuzela shows even the fans in attendance need something to occupy themselves because the game is so boring.
That's not even totally untrue. I've certainly seen many, many awfully boring games and singing/chanting/booing/etc is a good diversion during such games.
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Old June 29 2010, 09:12 PM   #36
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

I don't think soccer (sorry, international fans, I just use it for simplicity's sake) needs to be changed at all. The game in its current incarnation is the world's most popular sport for a reason. While I prefer to see a couple goals scored, myself, sometimes a 0-0 draw can be incredibly exciting.

When Major League Soccer first came about in 1996, they changed some of the standard soccer rules. They used a clock that counted down from forty-five minutes, and stopped during dead ball situations. Each half ended when the clock reached zero. There were no draws early on; if the two teams were still tied by the end of the game, they went to penalty kicks to determine the winner. Those rule changes only lasted a couple of years before MLS realized how stupid they were.
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Old June 29 2010, 09:15 PM   #37
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I don't think soccer (sorry, international fans, I just use it for simplicity's sake)
I don't have a problem with the game being called soccer in the USA. It's named after 'Association Football' which is the name of the sport. FIFA after all stands for 'Fédération Internationale de Football Association'. I think it's stupid to insist that one variant has a monopoly on the name football.

The only problem for me is when to use football and when to use soccer for clarity.
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Old June 29 2010, 09:26 PM   #38
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

Roger Wilco wrote: View Post
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Last night, Letterman suggested that the vuvuzela shows even the fans in attendance need something to occupy themselves because the game is so boring.
That's not even totally untrue. I've certainly seen many, many awfully boring games and singing/chanting/booing/etc is a good diversion during such games.

It's also part of the folklore.
http://video.google.fr/videoplay?doc...5402106076394#

(I swear, I SWEAR I didn't chose this video purposely )
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Old June 29 2010, 09:30 PM   #39
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

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When Major League Soccer first came about in 1996, they changed some of the standard soccer rules. They used a clock that counted down from forty-five minutes, and stopped during dead ball situations. Each half ended when the clock reached zero.
So, how long did games last on the average?
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Old June 29 2010, 09:35 PM   #40
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It's also part of the folklore.
http://video.google.fr/videoplay?doc...5402106076394#

(I swear, I SWEAR I didn't chose this video purposely )
I don't mind, that's that other, unmentionable club from Vienna.
My club has never played against OM as far as I know.
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Old June 29 2010, 09:36 PM   #41
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

The primary thing that bothers me about soccer is the red card. When a team gets a red card early the game stops being competitive. Why not just make them play a man down for five minutes or until the other team scores and have it cost them a substitution to replace the guy?
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Old June 29 2010, 09:36 PM   #42
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I may be a bit biased, but I just love "Tanzt den Andre Wiedener":



(starting around 0:50m)
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Old June 29 2010, 09:43 PM   #43
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

Yeah, nobody is really saying that they should change the rules for Americans, but they could at least modify them again for the MLS.... and get decent TV coverage. It would be worth a shot
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Old June 29 2010, 09:46 PM   #44
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Re: How to make soccer more exciting?

Roger Wilco wrote: View Post
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It's also part of the folklore.
http://video.google.fr/videoplay?doc...5402106076394#

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I don't mind, that's that other, unmentionable club from Vienna.
My club has never played against OM as far as I know.
Oh, the "other unmentionable club from Vienna", against "the other unmentionable team from the other side of the country"
(too bad the stadium didn't blew up)
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Old June 29 2010, 10:00 PM   #45
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When Major League Soccer first came about in 1996, they changed some of the standard soccer rules. They used a clock that counted down from forty-five minutes, and stopped during dead ball situations. Each half ended when the clock reached zero.
So, how long did games last on the average?
I don't remember, to be honest. I didn't start to get really interested in soccer until the 1998 World Cup.
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