August 15, 2010

FIFA May Eliminate World Cup Ties: FIFA will consider eliminating ties in all World Cup games, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. The change could involve going to a shootout after 90 minutes of regulation or adding sudden-death overtime.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:31 AM - 9 comments

Yes, please fix the things that aren't broken instead of looking at goal-line technology and other pressing issues.

posted by yerfatma at 09:46 AM on August 15, 2010

Some of my American compatriots may have trouble seeing how even a scoreless draw can, under the right circumstances, achieve riveting excitement, but I would have hoped that FIFA would be able to. Wishful thinking obviously.

posted by sbacharach at 10:10 AM on August 15, 2010

Urgh. Can Sepp Blatter get a clue any time soon. Or is this just a PR move designed to distract attention from other areas?

A draw can be just as dramatic as a win in that it can hugely affect the table, and require much scratching of the head and the working out of various permutations.

posted by Fence at 10:31 AM on August 15, 2010

I enjoy a well-played scoreless draw. Tottenham-Man City yesterday was entertaining as hell, though Spurs should have scored several times.

posted by rcade at 01:13 PM on August 15, 2010

FIFA May Eliminate World Cup Ties.

No it won't.

This seems to me like one of those "might happen" things that won't. E.g., they might split California into two states, Northern California and Southern California.

posted by Aardhart at 01:51 PM on August 15, 2010

It's a bit more plausible than that, since the guy saying it might happen is in a position to make it happen.

posted by rcade at 02:06 PM on August 15, 2010

Well, if by "World Cup Ties" you mean matches between teams, it's unlikely they'll eliminate them.

posted by yerfatma at 04:57 PM on August 15, 2010

Sepp Blatter: Trying to overcome his Post World Cup Irrelevance.

It seems that his favourite sport is kite flying, rather than football.

posted by owlhouse at 10:31 PM on August 15, 2010

This sounds like a couple months ago when the NCAA decided to "fix" the fact that not enough teams make the basketball tournament.

posted by bender at 07:39 PM on August 16, 2010

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