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I think soccer fans are getting entirely too accustomed to and defensive about the 1-1 and 0-0 matches. That is like watching a low-scoring baseball game: every pitch counts, and so on, and that can be great fun to watch, especially for the devoted fan. But if that were the only type of baseball game, the game would naturally become much less popular.
About the 10 on 11 matches, Serbia just experienced that yesterday. The Guardian expert and most observers had no idea why the Serbian defender was given the red card (he hadn't received a yellow earlier) for either nothing or routine interference. Ghana, I think, scored after he was sent off and ended up winning 1-0. Again, did a blown ref's call decide another World Cup match? Maybe.
people are dismissing your solutions because they're unnecessary.
Obviously some decisions are unfair, players cheat, clubs may not be models of probity, matches are thrown, money changes hands, and in the middle of it are twenty two guys kicking a ball around.
It's always possible to make the game more perfect. But this would eliminate some significant parts of its appeal.
And besides - soccer used to be a participative semi-amateur sport that was a major focus for communities.
Now it's a professional high-value sport that's a major focus for corporations.
The best way to improve soccer would be to take it back to its roots - but clearly, that's not going to happen.
I didn't question football's worldwide popularity, but sometimes I feel here like I'm talking to General Motors executives circa 1973. Could we be proactive, and maybe look into the future a little? If scoring declines another 30% next World Cup, then will the "don't change a thing" crowd begin to stir?
There is and would be tension simply because comebacks would be easier.
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