Thursday, June 10, 2004

Improving Soccer: Final Points

The remaining improvements to the rules and watchability of soccer:

7. Require Players in the Wall to Keep their Hands on their Heads Until the Free Kick is taken.

Like a number of the earlier suggestion, this rule-change, which would be quite easy to enforce, is designed to hobble the defence. This rule would make the defending players much more reticent when facing a free kick in front of goal. Not only would players be unwilling even to form a wall, but they would likely turn their backs or dive to the floor when the free-kick is taken. The result? More goals.

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