FOOTBALL PROBLEMS

Since the beginning of soccer football history, there have been two major problems.

At least when playing with friends, where there is no offside rule.

First, who is going to be the goalkeeper? Nobody wants to be the goalkeeper.

Second, those players who stay on the rival’s side of the pitch and never come back to defend.

Since I can remember the rule has been to get angry and scream at those lazy players expecting a reaction. And to switch the goalkeeper every time the other team scores.

That is the way it has always been done. Isn’t it?

What incentives can the goalkeepers have to give their best? They don’t want to do it anyway. If they get a goal they are off the hook. No responsibility.

What incentives can those players have to come back and defend? They don’t want to do it anyway. Somebody else is going to do it.

Isn’t this a lousy approach? Is there a better approach?

What if the one who doesn’t come back to defend would be the goalkeeper?

Or any other alternative.

Just because it has always been done one way, doesn’t mean it is the best way. Isn’t it?

Choose your metaphor, choose your narrative. It’s not just football of course. It never is.