Canadians Improve Soccer Points System
Actually they didn’t but it doesn’t seem to stop these hockey-playing idiots from dreaming up complicated scoring systems that they think improve soccer and increases competition. This is the scoring system for Port Moody’s 2009 Spring Showcase for this weekend.
Win: 6 points, plus 1 point per goal up to 3 goals.
Tie: 3 points, plus 1 point per goal up to 3 goals.
Loss: 0 points, plus 1 point per goal up to 3 goals.
Shutout: 1 point for a shutout, as long as it isn’t 0-0.
The first sign of stupidity in Canadian soccer is the hockey terminology. For some reason, it has to be a ‘tie’ and not a ‘draw’. They often refer to the goalie as the ‘goaltender’ and not a ‘goalkeeper’ and want to express results in the Won-Lost-Tied format rather than the Won-Drawn-Lost format. Even worse they talk about being 0.325 for the season — what’s that got to do with the price of fish?
According to this valuation, this means losing 4-3 is the same as drawing 0-0 and that a 3-3 draw is almost the same as a win.
Anyhow, lets look at a real world example of this stupid scoring system. My son’s team will play 3 other teams in a round-robin format and will then have a play-off game depending on their standing after these 3 games. So let’s assume the following happens:
Game 1: Team A 3-1 Team B
Game 2: Team C 4-0 Team D
Game 3: Team A 3-2 Team C
Game 4: Team B 1-1 Team D
Game 5: Team A 2-2 Team D
Game 6: Team B 0-0 Team C
Would give the following results.
Team A – 9 + 9 + 5 = 23 pts (1st)
Team B – 1 + 4 + 3 = 8 pts (4th)
Team C – 10 + 2 + 3 = 15 pts (2nd)
Team D – 0 + 4 + 5 = 9 pts (3rd)
A conventional scoring system gives the following:
Team A – 7 pts (1st)
Team B – 2 pts (3rd – due to a goal difference of -2)
Team C – 4 pts (2nd)
Team D – 2 pts (4th – due to a goal difference of -4)
Not a major difference but 3rd and 4th place teams have been reversed due to Team D scoring more goals than Team B. However, goals alone are a poor indicator of a team’s strength. It’s the goals scored in a game that are more indicative. For example, losing 4-3 and 17-3 are very different results but this ‘better scoring system’ makes them the same.
Let me present another example:
Game 1: Team A 2-1 Team B
Game 2: Team C 3-3 Team D
Game 3: Team A 2-1 Team C
Game 4: Team B 3-0 Team D
Game 5: Team A 1-2 Team D
Game 6: Team B 3-3 Team C
This scenario gives us the following results:
Team A – 8 + 8 + 1 = 17 pts (2nd) – Won 2, lost 1, goal difference of +1
Team B – 1 + 10 + 7 = 18 pts (1st) – Won 1, drew 1 and lost 1, goal difference of +2
Team C – 6 + 1 + 6 = 13 pts (4th) – Drew 2, lost 1, goal difference of -1
Team D – 6 + 0 + 9 = 15 pts (3rd) – Won 1, drew 1, lost 1, goal difference of -2
This example actually happened to my son’s team. Even though they’d won 2 games and lost only 1, they lost out to a team that they’d beaten and that had only managed to win one game and draw the other.
So with such a stupid points system that rewards shutouts and goals, I can guarantee that any team in this competition will be going all out to win and score at least 3 goals in each game. They’ll also be defending strongly and trying to earn a shutout. Can you imagine how unnatural that’s going to make the gameplay? Maybe we should just give them some sticks instead to hit the ball with.
And then people wonder why Canadians are pathetic at soccer at the professional level.