May 18, 2017

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving: Next season, the Football Association in the U.K. will put an ex-manager, ex-player and ex-referee in separate rooms to watch incidents where a player dives. If they all agree the player tricked a match official, the player gets a two-game ban and the red or yellow card given out for the incident is rescinded. The change applies at all levels. In other football news, sigh.

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:02 PM - 5 comments

Will be interesting to see what a 4 on 4 soccer match looks like.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:01 PM on May 18, 2017

In other football news, sigh.

Or you're happy for a club whose wage bill is in the bottom 6 of the Championship.

Side note: there have been 10 "City" clubs in the Premier League; should Huddersfield Town win, it would become just the third "Town" after Ipswich Town and Swindon Town.

posted by jjzucal at 05:58 PM on May 18, 2017

I was wondering during the match if there had been any Premier League towns.

Happiness is so far gone here I have trouble believing it ever existed. I can enjoy neither the improbable success of Huddersfield Town nor the coach who was added to USMNT in 1996 by a manager who had never seen him play.

posted by rcade at 06:02 PM on May 18, 2017

When talk of this has come up over the years I always wonder how you decide if someone dived in the following scenario (with the aim of tricking a match official): (1) Player A is running with the ball at speed (2) Player B sticks a leg out which will miss the ball but hit Player A's shin/knee (3) Player A, rather than risking injury, dives over Player B's out-thrust leg and lands on the ground

Depending on the speed at which the players are moving, the angle of the boot of Player B, the game situation (which theoretically shouldn't matter), you can give a yellow to Player A, you can give a yellow to Player B, you can give a red to Player B, you can call a foul on Player B, you can do nothing. The stakes are even higher when this occurs in the 18-yard box.

How does replay help with that?

posted by sbacharach at 11:08 AM on May 19, 2017

I'm not worried about that. If any of the three reviewers calls it a non-dive, there's no punishment.

Your scenario happens, but I see more situations where there's nothing being avoided and the player just fakes it.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on May 19, 2017

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