« Last post by moysider on November 23, 2014, 08:12:15 PM »
If kicking the ball was a more effective way of winning football matches then managers would have their teams doing that.
Players are fitter now and can run up and down the field for an hour so it makes sense to retain possession. Kicking the ball is more likely to give the ball away. And the team you kick it away to might not be nice enough to kick it away again.
It s a bit like American football where apart from the quarterback the ball is seldom passed or thrown for fear of a fumble or interception.
It s not a recent development. Back in the 70s Heffo and Micko revolutionised football with better fitness and more handpassing. Some great footballers were throwing balls into the net.
We won t get a kicking game again unless there are changes to rules that would make kicking the ball a more likely way to win.
Limiting or banning handpasses would produce a new game there and then. Making six players stay in opposition half would as well but that produces another problem. Who is going to envigilate that?
All sports naturally evolve. We ve got the game we have because players have got bigger, faster and fitter and generally better. Modern teams would blow away the teams of 40 years ago.