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There's a big flaw in that soccer/ballet analogy. One side is talking in general, and the other in specific. If you make them match then the message becomes quite different. "Our soccer team needs to score more" is a legitimate issue that teams work hard on. "Ballet needs to do something to encourage taller girls" is also the sort of concern that people need to address... for one, you first need to see if it's discrimination and taller girls are being "encouraged" to give up.

That said, soccer in general not scoring enough is the sort of issue that other sports have been dealing with and changing rules for. For example, hockey shootouts after regular games... that's to give the people there a "winner" in an exciting way, rather than just marking down the tie. They've also played around with various rules and talked about things like offside and the blue lines, when they think the game has gotten too defensive... or too offensive. You want a balance.

And it's the same with curling. Curling almost died in the 90s because the ice, equipment, and players got good enough that top teams would take a one point lead from the first end and blank the rest of the game by pealing every stone the other team put up. They introduced the free guard zone and 4 rock rule to make sure that a team that was down at least gets some rocks in play. And the sport is moving to 5 rock rules now... to help make sure rocks stay. Similarly, there was a big crisis in curling recently when new broom heads were allowing sweepers to control rocks to extreme levels... this made for a concern that the thrower's skill might be minimized and that it would become a sweeping skill game. They decided they didn't want that, and now there's new rules on equipment.

And speaking of equipment... fuzz on tennis balls, golf balls and clubs, those fancy high tech swim suits. All these have been ruled on by and changed for the good of keeping things fair and interesting.

So soccer should not be immune to such criticism. There are things that could be done to change the balance to be more offensive. Substitution rules, offside rules, dimensions of the field, number of players on it (hockey uses reduced lines in overtime to reduce defensive capability). Can you make soccer be high scoring... not without sever changes. But it would be foolish to do nothing... other sports are changing their rules to be more interesting to a new audience that wants more action. You want to keep your audience, you don't want them moving to other sports or to a new high intensity version of soccer that someone creates (well, "soccer" as it wouldn't be Association rules then).

Mike Peterson

I'm going to assume you don't honestly believe the girls stand on tiptoe because they aren't tall enough.

Kip W

I'll be back in Fort Collins in a couple of weeks for my niece's wedding. It took them decades, but they're finally making headway in turning the place into something alien. I think that damned stadium in the middle of town is probably the single biggest and stupidest thing they've done so far.

Mike Peterson

I'd suggest they move the wedding to Left Hand Canyon, but it's probably a shopping center.

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