Peter Newsom

The Latest Battle of Franklin Ends in a Tie (kind of)

In Indoor Soccer on January 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

With only 17 days into the New Year, it felt great to start “Twenty Ten” (2010) by winning some metal at the Battle of Franklin Indoor Tournament. We had a clean sweep, beating all the teams in our division – TNFC Arsenal, Brentwood Elite and TUSC.

And even though we didn’t have our whole team playing, we still managed to outscore our opponents 16-4, over the four games we played. It was a real team effort and everyone did a great job. Our defense and goalkeeping was especially amazing – allowing only 4 goals for the whole tournament series.

Unfortunately, we lost in the Championship game to TUSC, a team we had beaten – just 24 hours earlier. The final game was tied 0-0, at the end of regulation time, but it was decided by a five minute “Golden Goal” overtime. Football fans would know the Golden Goal as “Sudden Death”. The Good News: We all received a “Finalist” trophy (for 2nd place) – like the one in the picture, above.

Basically, a “Golden Goal” overtime is a method used to decide the winner of games in elimination matches, which end in a draw after the end of regulation time. Golden goal rules allow the team that scores the first goal, during extra time, to be declared the winner. The game finishes when a golden goal is scored.

To make it a little crazier, in our championship game, today, the referees added a different twist. The overtime started with only five players, including the goalie. Once the five-minute countdown clock started – each team had to pull a player off the field every 60 seconds. If the game was still tied, after five minutes – it would have gone to a penalty shoot-out.

I don’t want to sound like a sore loser – but I think Golden Goal tie-breakers stink. And, in my opinion. a Golden Goal overtime with players being eliminated every minute is just plain nuts.

Hey, I have an idea for an even “nuttier” unofficial tie-breaking method. Next time, maybe we should end the game in a ten-minute round of indoor soccer-dodgeball. Each team would have 12 players on the field, all standing 30 feet apart, and whichever team has the most players remaining, at the sound of the buzzer, wins!

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