10 Ways To Improve Football


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. discostu says:

    1. Make the Fourth Official a proper official: Agree. I dont know how easy it will work in practice, but at least the ref can know about things that have happened even if play has carried on to far to do anything about it.

    2. Retro-active punishment for diving. Damn right. I can count the number of times this tournament on one hand where a player has been fouled and tried to stay on their feet. I’d need hands with 10,000 fingers to count the number of dives.

    3. Enforce the off-side law correctly: Clear daylight is wrong though mate. You are offside if any legitimate ball playing part of your anatomy is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent.
    The referees need to re-read fifas guidelines on active play though, as that is often incorrectly applied.

    4. Only the captain speaks to the referee : great idea. Simple to implement too.

    5. Professional referees: Not sure thats required. To get to the top level, youve got to have done your time.

    6. Stop throwing replacement balls straight into play: Only really seen this world cup, and agree. Whats a few seconds here or there.

    7 & 8 – Meh, i think thats just you mate!

    9 No points for a 0-0 draw. Interesting. How would you apply that to knockout tournaments? Ive been to 0-0s that were snoozeathons, and others that were cracking, with 20 odd shots on goal apiece.

    10. Make the television companies be impartial: Absofuckinglutely. Alan Hansen needs cloning.

  2. colin says:

    1. Couldn’t agree more. He’s there – use him.

    2. I think punishment after-the-fact has got to be available for everything or nothing at all. Of course, number one would largely take care of it anyway.

    3. I hardly imagine they’re trying to do it incorrectly – and people often forget how much faster the game tends to be these days, which always causes problems. For me, the big problem is the constant tinkering – quite how you can now have a player inside the triangle formed by the ball and the two posts that is somehow not interfering with play is beyond me. I still blame FIFA.

    4. Tempting, but it’s a difficult one. I think it would cut out some of the worst excesses in some of the worst games, but could actually harm the relationship between officials and players in the long run.

    5. Again, fair enough – but anyone who thinks it will stop them making so many mistakes is mental. Players make plenty, after all. I can see other benefits, though.

    6. Totally disagree. It leaves you open to underhand tactics from individual clubs, which is one of the reasons why they brought it in … and starts to take you back to the time when we had the ball in play for a maximum of 70 minutes in 90.

    7. I like an uncluttered shirt, but if your club doesn’t need the money, they’re very lucky indeed. As for the numbers on the front of shirts, they can be fairly helful to an official.

    8. I couldn’t give a toss. In my opinion, the modern style goal gives officials a clearer view of activity in the area. Is it time to admit I used to be a referee?

    9. If you’re going to do that, you might as well throw results out the window and have a panel award marks. I don’t follow the argument that 0-0 means they haven’t been trying.

    10. Best of luck with that one.

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