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    Soccer Penalty Shootout

    I can't claim to be an enthusiastic fan of the round ball game. I have watched just one live match at what used to be called Bluetongue Stadium and parts of a few matches on TV.

    I did select soccer as a school sport when I was a student at Coffs Harbour High School in the first half of the 1960s. However at that time, schoolboy soccer was either ignored or possibly actively suppressed. Soccer was so far down the pecking order that it wasn't even allocated a sports field. We had to play on the beach. That meant that no play was possible about every second week because it was high tide, so we just ran up and down the sand dunes.

    However, even with that limited exposure to the game, it seems to me that the penalty shootout must qualify as the most ridiculous and least fair way to decide an international soccer match.

    Soccer is supposed to be a team sport, yet the penalty shootout involves only a handful of players from each side; hardly a team effort.

    In answer to those who want to defend the penalty shootout, I say that if you think it is such a good way to decide which is the better team, then perhaps we should skip the preceding 80 minutes of play and decide every match with a penalty shootout. That would save a lot of time. Imagine how quickly we could get through a multi-team competition if every match consisted of just the penalty shootout.

    BTW I am not a disgruntled Pom whinging that, "We wuz robbed"

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    But someone might score in the other 10 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biggin View Post
    But someone might score in the other 10 minutes.
    It's possible, but it doesn't happen very often.

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    Soccer Penalty Shootout

    Many years ago a draw at the end of extra time would mean they’d all come back the following week to play the game again but with the advent of the modern TV coverage, money and everything else that disappeared. I remember sitting up at night watching the FA Cup Final as a kid on the Black and White telly and there being a draw - we were stoked as it meant we’d get to stay up late the following weekend and Dad would have the chips and peanuts out again.

    No idea who was playing or who won though. Soccer Penalty Shootout
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    While we are talking silly sports rules
    What about tennis
    Some of the most highly paid “professional sports people” but at every Single start of a point they get a practice go at serving. Ridiculous

    It would be like getting bowled out for a duck and the umpy is like - it’s ok matey have another go - I’m sure you’ll get it right next time …

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by roverrescue View Post
    While we are talking silly sports rules
    What about tennis
    Some of the most highly paid “professional sports people” but at every Single start of a point they get a practice go at serving. Ridiculous

    It would be like getting bowled out for a duck and the umpy is like - it’s ok matey have another go - I’m sure you’ll get it right next time …

    Steve
    The Tennis annoys me now because the Women get paid the same as the blokes - which I have no issue with, but only play the best of 3 sets when they are more than capable and fit enough to play 5 sets these days given they are all Professional Athletes at the top of their chosen Sport. More than one Female player has commented saying they could easily do 5 sets and are wondering when this rule will be changed.
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