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Old 07-18-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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MLS tried changing the rules in its first few years. The clock stopped, and there were hockey-style shootouts with no ties. Most fans hated the rule changes and a couple teams were contracted. Since MLS has gone back to FIFA rules, the league has grown every year.

Rule changes are stupid just to appease people who will find some other excuse not to watch soccer. If scoring is all that matters, the indoor soccer league would be bigger than MLS.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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why? seriously, why? why would you break something, that's in perfect working order, football brings me many hours of joy, highs and lows throughout a season, so why change it?! it's exciting and entertaining just the way it is, contrary to your beliefs, its not all about winning, i wouldn't want my beloved team of dundee to win the champions league if that meant destroying the game i love, first off i am a fan of football as a sport, then i am a fan of dundee, but the sport comes first
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I kept switching between the WWC and Stphen Kings 'The Stand' while doing laundry. Thought I read the US hadn't lost in 25 matches w Japan. When I saw them hit the crossbar and miss some shots early, I thought this may be Japans Miracle on Ice moment. Hey they could use the good feelings. I wanted the US to win, but since they didn't, congrats to Japan.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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People who complain about a 0-0 draw and say things like you need to change the rules, get more goals yada yada yada obviously dont have the mental capacity to understand how complicated the game is. It takes a lot of skill to play the game and a lot more goes on than than you think.

Besides, you cant tie a game in American Football can you ? I mean thats the worlds most popular sport, wait nevermind ......
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Besides, you cant tie a game in American Football can you ? I mean thats the worlds most popular sport, wait nevermind ......
Yes, you can tie in football. It only happens about once a season, if that.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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You can ? I thought they did overtime or somecrap till someone scored ?
Stand corrected though
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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You can ? I thought they did overtime or somecrap till someone scored ?
Stand corrected though

They play one OT period and if no one scores, it ends in a tie. It rarely happens though.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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a 0-0 game can still be exciting though
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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a 0-0 game can still be exciting though
It can, and I think soccer haters fail to understand that a draw still provides a result -- one point in the standings. Standings in most American sports, on the other hand, are dictated by winning percentage.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Here
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I thought this was a thread for people who enjoyed watching the Womens World Cup. But you'd never know it by some of the comments in this thread.

Can't believe how many guys thought it was so important to let the rest of us know how much they don't enjoy watching women play soccer that they just had to enter this thread to tell us.

What a waste of message space. Who cares! Lame.
I'm a guy who has never bothered watching soccer, so you are the lucky poster who is going to get a bunch of my thoughts on yesterday's game...

First, I enjoyed the game far more than I thought I would. I've both watched and played sports for seemingly a thousand years, so I can get into a different sport fairly easily as far as a specatator, and understanding the sport. However I can understand why many football-watching recliner guys would be bored. It's the same reason those guys think any movie without car chases, fistfights, or explosions is a dull movie.

As for the end of yesterday's game, ties are generally okay for me. I don't need an outright winner. However there are games that cannot end in a tie for one reason or another. These games probably should be played out to a decision, in my opinion. It's probably more fitting that a team win by being more physically fit, than winning on a made-up tie-breaker system. However some sports have decided to use a tie-breaking system in their games. In my opinion there are two ways to look at such a thing. One way is to dislike it and petition for change. The other way to look at a tie-breaking system as part of the game and build you team, and strategies, to incorporate that element of the game. In a sports talk show one of the hosts was ranting about how he hated the way yesterday's women's game was decided. "It wasn't won by actually playing soccer," he pronounced. But how about an NFL game that has just been tied with a touchdown and is now 6-6 with seconds left in the game? A placekicker is going to attempt an extra point to win the game. Is the extra point real football?

Finally, I'm glad that if the U.S. women are going to lose, they lose to Japan. The country has gone through a lot of hardship, and the women were distinct underdogs. It's hard to cry about America's loss given those circumstances.
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