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Some suggestions that the FA should review the size of the goalmouth.  The argument is that since the size of the goal area was first introduced, the demographics of the population has grown so that goalkeepers are taller and occupy a greater percentage of the area between the goal posts and therefore making it more difficult for players to score.  What do you think?

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Never really given this any thought until now.

 

Just checked, and the average goals per game in the top flight hasn't decreased in the past three decades - it was 2.65, 2.59 and 2.59 again in the first three seasons of the Premier League, and 2.72, 2.69 and 2.78 in the most recent three seasons.

 

Unless fewer goals are being scored, there doesn't seem much need to change things, does there?

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1 hour ago, behindthegoal said:

Some suggestions that the FA should review the size of the goalmouth.  The argument is that since the size of the goal area was first introduced, the demographics of the population has grown so that goalkeepers are taller and occupy a greater percentage of the area between the goal posts and therefore making it more difficult for players to score.  What do you think?


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35 minutes ago, SiJ said:

Only sensible solution: 

 

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Let me guess: the Blunts came up with this idea so that McBurnie might actually have a prayer of scoring a goal!

 

He'd still miss!

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The size is fine, it's the shape that's the problem.

 

In all seriousness, when was the last time you saw a square football?  Never!   Then why do we have square goals?  Answers on a postcard.

 

It means the corners of the goals can never be truly met because the radius of the ball leaves gaps between the post/grass/crossbar, therefore the ball can't go in 100% of the goal, more like 97% of the goal.  3% is actually quite significant, especially considering how many millions of people watch/play football every week.  

 

An oval or egg-shaped would be more relevant 

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59 minutes ago, SiJ said:

Only sensible solution: 

 

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The Americans proposed this when they were selected to host the 94 World Cup. To enable stronger viewership, they wanted a higher score count so that the game would be more exciting (and in line with American sports). 

 

Fact. 

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9 minutes ago, Manwë said:

 

An oval or egg-shaped would be more relevant

 

It sounds very nice in theory, but would be a nightmare for park football/jumpers for goalposts.

 

Wouldn't it be simpler to use a square ball? 

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2 hours ago, areNOTwhatTHEYseem said:

Never really given this any thought until now.

 

Just checked, and the average goals per game in the top flight hasn't decreased in the past three decades - it was 2.65, 2.59 and 2.59 again in the first three seasons of the Premier League, and 2.72, 2.69 and 2.78 in the most recent three seasons.

 

Unless fewer goals are being scored, there doesn't seem much need to change things, does there?

Probably because it's much easier to give away fouls these days innit. Maybe if you were still allowed to snap people in two there would be an argument to increasing goal size, but as you say if we're going down the route of world class attackers getting breathed on winning a free kick and defenders being much more honed to 'playing football' than indiscriminately hacking and hoofing then no need to change owt I'd say

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I've always thought games would be better if keepers weren't allowed to leave their area like in 5-a-side

 

Teams wouldn't be able to condence the pitch by pushing up to the half way line knowing they no longer have a sweeper keeper

 

It would open the game up knowing a team could just drop a ball over the top of a defence who sit high to play offside


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