The backpass rule...

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I was 13 when it came in and honestly can't remember games being awful beforehand because of constant back passes.

Why weren't they though? Why didn't a side spend the last 10 minutes just doing this...



Or were they awful and my memory is just not great.
 
My main memory of the backpass rule was Grobbelaar picking up the ball. I have no idea if they were the worst abusers of this rule, but they certainly killed a lot of time passing it around the back then back to the keeper.

I really don't know why it took so long to change the rule.
 
My main memory of the backpass rule was Grobbelaar picking up the ball. I have no idea if they were the worst abusers of this rule, but they certainly killed a lot of time passing it around the back then back to the keeper.

I really don't know why it took so long to change the rule.

Even as a kid playing football for my school, I don't remember it being a thing (constant backpassing to waste time) and we used to cheat like motherfeckers.
 
Even as a kid playing football for my school, I don't remember it being a thing (constant backpassing to waste time) and we used to cheat like motherfeckers.
I've wondered about this myself too, I now think it's bonkers that was allowed until the nineties, but at the same time I'm not aware it was ridiculously, shamelessly or systematically abused.
 
I think in the future people will be similarly amazed looking at our time and wondering why we didn't introduce rules to prevent playes from faking injuries to waste time.
 
I've wondered about this myself too, I now think it's bonkers that was allowed until the nineties, but at the same time I'm not aware it was ridiculously, shamelessly or systematically abused.
There were games when it was abused shamelessly
 
I was 13 when it came in and honestly can't remember games being awful beforehand because of constant back passes.

Why weren't they though? Why didn't a side spend the last 10 minutes just doing this...



Or were they awful and my memory is just not great.

It was horrific in some games and such a step forward when they changed.
 
Any pass back should have to be played by the keeper. It makes no sense to be allowed to pick it up from headers etc. Unintentional touches would be fine though. It'd make it even more interesting.

You should also be able use any method for a throw-in. Foul throw is the stupidest, most pointless foul in footie.
 
Gaelic Football could seriously do with something similair.

The sport is dying on its arse because of it.
 
Because of that, and also because no one gives a toss about it.

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Except the people who fill Europe's third largest stadium every year to watch its showpiece. Or the thousands attending previous Championship games.

Even your namesake enjoyed watching.

Attendances are dwindling because of boring tactics borrowed from 'soccer' (tiki-taka being the chief culprit) and American-style training initiatives.
 
Except the people who fill Europe's third largest stadium every year to watch its showpiece. Or the thousands attending previous Championship games.

Attendances are dwindling because of boring tactics borrowed from 'soccer' (tiki-taka being the chief culprit) and American-style training initiatives.

You not caring, Alex, is not everyone else. You do have your (likely loaded) opinion, but, well, past rebuking you, nobody gives a

I was joking mate.
 
Even as a kid playing football for my school, I don't remember it being a thing (constant backpassing to waste time) and we used to cheat like motherfeckers.

Not old enough to be around then but when I watched older matches, it seems like it became a thing in the late 80s and early 90s especially, it's really hard to watch an Italia 90 game for example due to abuse of the rule, or Liverpool 80s matches, they're doing it constantly. While if you watch matches from earlier eras, it doesn't seem quite as present
 
I remember is being frustrating as feck and slowing the games down a lot, amazing that it lasted so long in hindsight

the change helped speed up the game and resulted in more goals
 
My main memory of the backpass rule was Grobbelaar picking up the ball. I have no idea if they were the worst abusers of this rule, but they certainly killed a lot of time passing it around the back then back to the keeper.

I really don't know why it took so long to change the rule.
Liverpool stopped winning trophies right around the time the rule was introduced. Coincidence? I think not!
 
I was 13 when it came in and honestly can't remember games being awful beforehand because of constant back passes.

Why weren't they though? Why didn't a side spend the last 10 minutes just doing this...



Or were they awful and my memory is just not great.

Pretty sure that the rules had been decidly changed before '92 and the WC' 90 had a lot to do with that. Teams time wasted a lot in that tournament and it's the lowest scoring WC still with a little over 2 goals per game.
 
You should also be able use any method for a throw-in. Foul throw is the stupidest, most pointless foul in footie.

Agreed. I've never seen any team gain an advantage from a foul throw, it's just a penalisation for releasing the ball at slightly the wrong time in the throw-in motion. I don't think you should be allowed to hurl it one-handed like a goalkeeper, but you should be able to just drop it down in front of you from above your head for your teammate to dribble it away, if you want to.
 
I was 13 when it came in and honestly can't remember games being awful beforehand because of constant back passes.

Why weren't they though? Why didn't a side spend the last 10 minutes just doing this...



Or were they awful and my memory is just not great.

Liverpool especially come to mind for this.