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Red Card Rule Change

redcardIt’s time football’s governing bodies reconsider the penalty for a red card.

The simple truth is game of the football has changed, the players are faster, the game is faster and the red card penalty needs to be re-thought. Massive financial and economical impacts hinge on matches where a red card means an almost certain defeat. Here are the simple reasons why there needs to be a rule change, followed by our solution.

1. Single matches are more important than ever – International and Champions League contests are now worth millions and million of dollars, if a team is given a red card, it almost guarantees a loss.

2. It’s a faster paced game, the ball moves around the pitch quicker – The extra space can be exploited easier. Being a man down is a much greater penalty than it was 25 years ago.

3. Fans want to see the stars – If a modern day superstar misses 3 matches with a red card, that’s a very costly loss for the club, league, and the sport.

4. Officials understand how devastating a red card is – In many cases that tremendous pressure influences their decisions.

A New Solution:

1. The player who receives the red card is sent off. (same as today)

2. The team is reduced a player. (same as today)

3. If the opposite team scores a goal post red card, they can bring a new player on the field. Under the condition they have a substitute available. (This still applies to the situation a red card is followed by a penalty kick goal, the club could bring on a new player immediately.)

4. The additional player will count as a one of the three substitutes.

In theory it works a followed, it’s a 1-1 match and a player on Team A, gets a red card in 58th minute. Team A is reduced a player. Team B scores a goal in the 70th min making it 2-1. If Team A still has one substitute remaining, they can use that substitute to make it an 11 vs. 11 match again.

This simple solution, slightly softens the impact of a red card, providing the penalized a potential lifeline.

It would also be our recommendation that the player given the red card is punished with a two match ban, not the current three match ban, unless the league deems further punishment is warranted.

If you agree, please share this, as we feel there’s need to push for a rule change consideration.

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Atletico Madrid New World #1

atleticoFootball Club Rankings 4-7-14

It was a week that changed football, and was easily the most important week of the season. A historic rankings update, as for the first time in over a calendar year, we have a new club ranked #1 in the world. At the beginning of the year, no one could have seen this coming, but Atletico Madrid sit atop La Liga and the world rankings. The UCL is down to four clubs and the final push to domestic title is here. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments and enjoy the football!

Just Missed: Dortmund, Manchester City, Everton,  Manchester United, Napoli

Benfica10. Benfica
Benfica are a strong #10 club with only one domestic loss and a place in the Europa League’s semifinals. (8-5)


With only 2 losses and 19 conceded goals, this Roma squad would’ve loved to had a chance against Europe’s elite. (9-5)


cheslea logo8.Chelsea
Believe it or not, Chelsea are on the verge of reaching the UCL Final. (10-14)


liverpool-logo7. Liverpool
The Premier League’s title is now Liverpool’s to lose, what a Cinderella story in England. (7-7)


juvetuslogo6. Juventus
The Europa League title is Juve’s only unfinished business and they’ll look to make that a reality soon. (6-22)


5. Barcelona
Two straight 0-1 losses has Barcelona looking at a season without any major silverware. (3-31)


It was all there for the taking, but without Zaltan PSG couldn’t survive their trip to Chelsea. (2-30)


3. Real Madrid
It will be quite the match-up to see Real Madrid taking on Bayern Munich, certainly could have been the final, but Real will have their work cut out for them. (5-31)


2. Bayern Munich
It was quite a run in for Bayern in the world’s top’s spot, and it’s a position they would like to get back soon with a win a over Real. (1-31)


Atletico madrid1. Atletico Madrid
It’s an amazing story to think a club from outside the true giants would be able to keep this pace for an entire season, but Atletico has the La Liga Title and the Champions League trophy within their grasps. (5-31-1)


Match of the Upcoming Week: 4/20 – #Everton vs #Manchester United.

The (numbers) are the previous week’s rank, followed by consecutive weeks ranked. The #1 team has a third number indicating weeks in the top spot.

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