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Boys soccer: New red card rule could ban some teams from postseason

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on April 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm with 1 Comment »
April 28, 2011 1:23 pm

I wrote a story for today’s paper on the new rule regarding red cards in boys soccer this season. Teams that receive three violent conduct and/or abusive language red cards will be eliminated from postseason contention.

As of Tuesday, Gig Harbor and Wapato have two each and are on probation. Here’s a link to the rules about red card ejections.

When I spoke with Mike Colbrese, WIAA executive director, for this story he said the rule will be reviewed after the season. This is normal protocol. Colbrese mentioned that one possible consideration would be to give ejected players the opportunity to “buy back” their suspensions through a soccer education program.

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  1. commoncents says:

    I can empathize with the GH coach, however it’s his team’s FIRST red card that helped put them in this position. He’s like the drunk that tries to say that it was the last beer that put him over the limit. No, it was each drink (card) along the way…So maybe that second card was not justified – but how would he be able to explain away the behaviour that resulted in the other cards?

    Because each of the referees are now notified they will be less likely to issue a controversial card to his team. So if they do get that third card it will most likely be 100% justified. I’m sorry – but a team that gets 2 (let alone 3) abusive language or violent conduct red cards in a season does not belong in the playoffs.

    Soccer is a physical game – but the kids need to play it with control. These cards are not given for simple chippy behavior. It’s full on violent conduct such as we saw recently with Mullen and Zakuani. Does that sort of play belong on the high school pitch?

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