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Fifa World Cup Game Policies

Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:56 am

A few days ago I was watching one of the World Cup replays with my brother in law and I noticed how strict the referees are on the players inflicting penalties on other players, and noticed how severe the punishment can be, after causing just two penalties, (i.e. game suspension, off the team, etc.) and after a day or two, I kind of hindered on why FIFA is so strict and severe with penalties and punishment, and has anyone noticed why they dont fight in soccer besides many of the reasons being penalized? Well according to my opinion and beliefs, I believe FIFA is really imposing strict policies and penalties on soccer players during the World Cup, is because its only every 4 years when many teams of the world including 6 continents come together to vow for the cup, and because so many international audiences attending the games and watching on tv, it wouldn't be a very wise impression to the audience watching the players fighting, because not only would the audience have quarrels against each other, but it wouldn't show the world what kind of people we really should be, that is promoting peace, security, comfort, and the well being of ourselves. The reason is because there is already so many wars, terrorism, and corruption in this world, we dont need soccer players to be fighting to add more fuel to the fire, you know what I mean. So basically, the World Cup does not only show a presence of sports, but showing that when the world comes together in one country with international audiences of different races, sex, and religion, that everyone should promote peace and be in peace. What is your opinion?
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RE: Fifa World Cup Game Policies

Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:18 pm

The rules in the FIFA WC tournament are no different than they are during the regular league. They do impose specific rules that apply for the duration of the tournament (such as the number of yellow cards received having an effect on future games), but those are more a technicality than they are a variation from the normal rules. Fighting amongst the players under any circumstance is not tolerated in the game, not during the World Cup, and not during regular league games. Serious infractions that show a clear intent to injure are dealt with by the governing bodies of whichever league the game is played in, and can result in suspensions for several matches. As the teams typically play only once, maybe twice per week these suspensions can be lengthy.

As far as it representing a contest to promote peace to the world... I'm not sure if peace is on the minds of the remaining countries that are playing, the only thing they are focussed on is the cup!  

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RE: Fifa World Cup Game Policies

Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:01 pm

When you have a game that is often decided by a one goal margin, you have to have very tough rules for last minute, desperate attempts to unfairly stop someone from making a goal.
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RE: Fifa World Cup Game Policies

Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:09 pm

Player safety is paramount, unsafe play and you are tossed in football..keep in mind the players have no padding, helmets, etc, to protect themselves.
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RE: Fifa World Cup Game Policies

Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:02 pm

Yes indeed it is a pretty physical sport, I would say a lot of running, but I do believe the game does promote peace at least, because if you as the audience knows, this is a good thing after all to have the FIFA World Cup every 4 years without any fights, etc. Different countries are welcomed to different countries every 4 years with warmth and sympathy. Just like the Winter & Summer Olympics every 4 years.
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RE: Fifa World Cup Game Policies

Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:18 pm

FIFA demands that in the World Cup, you stick to the rules to the foot of the letter, while in national competitions, and even international ones like the UEFA Euro, Copa América, etc., you have more leeway. For example, fouls that would be sanctioned with a yellow card in Germany, may not even be called a foul in England.

FIFA is just too inflexible, which is also a reason why the refereeing in the World Cup tends to differ a lot from what we're used to.

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