Well this post will be a little different, in fact, I am going to come right out and say it, this post has nothing to do with American football at all. But it is all about what the rest of the world refers to as “futbol” and is what we call soccer.
The World Cup just completed last weekend, and it was Germany defeating Argentina 1-0 in double extra time to win. It was midfielder and Bayern Munich player Mario Gotze who found the back of the net for Germany with eight minutes to go in the second extra time to win the game. Gotze will never have to pay for another meal in his home country of Germany for the rest of his life.
I spend much time discussing soccer with an older male friend of mine who is from Brazil. Before we go any further, let me say that this man is on the wrong side of 60, and he has never been more embarrassed or ashamed of his Brazilian soccer team than he is right now, and to tell you the truth, he has every right to be. That was a shameful display for the Brazilians in their last two games of the World Cup conceding ten goals. The only player for Brazil who was even trying in the second half of the game against The Netherlands was Oscar. Everyone else had packed it in already.
But back to my original point I was going to make. This friend of mine and I spent much time discussing soccer during this World Cup, and we both agree that the sport is in need of some serious upgrades. In fact, he wrote a letter to FIFA telling them “the beautiful game is being hijacked by whoever has the dirtiest tricks”. I agree, so if I had full control, here is how I would change the rules.
Number of players per team- instead of going 10 on 10 in the field, we will go 8 on 8. This would make the game more about playing in space, and less about being clumped up together.
Corner kicks- During a corner attempt, only three players per team are allowed to be in the penalty box, and nobody else can enter until secondary contact is made by the possessing team or the defensive backs clear the ball out of the area.
Offsides- Getting rid of offsides completely would destroy the game is it would turn it into a cherry-picking contest, but the offsides rule needs to be relaxed. Give the possessing team a three yard window to work with.
Red Cards- One of the worst rules in sports is the red card rule. If a player gets a red card, that team must play a man down for the rest of the match. That is dumb, don’t penalize a team for the stupid actions of one player. The rule should be that a team is okay after the first red card, but the second red card would result in the team having to play a man down.