Friday, June 24, 2005

Great new rule being tried at FIFA Youth Championships

A rule that is being experimented with at the FIFA Youth Championships is showing promise.

Players are now yellow carded for displacing the ball after a whistle.

No more kicking the ball away, throwing it high in the air, or refusing to release the ball to delay play.

For the first few matches it was clear the players were forgetting, there were a large number of cards, even a few reds, but the players have stopped the behavior completely, now that the tournament is in the knockout stages.

When I switch over and watch the Confederations Cup I notice how often it happens it now, so now I'm more annoyed with it. When you see a match without the new rule, you do notice a difference.

It’s a really good rule and should be adopted everywhere. Time wasting, like faking injury shouldn’t be tolerated.

I would suggest one amendment, that is to give a player already on a yellow, a second chance if it happens. It's a shame to see a red card over that, but if you do it twice, its on you.


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Anonymous Evan said...

I agree that this is a good development, but I think the refs need more discretion to hand them out. The danger with that, however, is that without an automatic yellow and the fear of discipline from official agencies if refs fail to show a card to a player the refs will ignore the rule, but in the very first game, there was a yellow for this that wasn't deserved.

A player from Holland kicked the ball after the whistle, but what he actually did was lift the ball with his foot and gently kicked it to a Japanese player for a throw in. This bit of sportsmanship and helpful play resulted in a yellow--I think the player's intent in kicking the ball after the whistle needs to be taken into consideration.

6/24/2005 10:21 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

I saw that yellow card given, and your right, it was with a different intention that he touched the ball.

The referee cant differentiate, consider if the player had lifted the ball, made a mistake and sent it over the japanese players head, who could differentiate then?

6/25/2005 6:24 AM  

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