By Walter Broeckx and Usama
As in the Southampton match the keeper of Southampton was booked for time wasting Usama took the trouble to have a look at how the time wasting was going on when Forster had to take goal kicks. We didn’t examine the time wasted on throw ins as that would take us too far I think and as this is very rare punished by the refs. It should be more punished in fact and in some cases a yellow card should be given when a team is throwing the ball around between different players to take a free kick after one player had readied himself to take the throw in. But more to that later on when it will get punished one day.
Let us take a look at the time the two goalkeepers took to restart the match after the ball had gone out over the goal line.
You will see the time when the ball went out of play and the time the goalkick was taken. Then the time taken for that goal kick is mentioned. And then we also mention long and short. This is where the ball went out of play. Long means that the ball went out more than 15 yards from the goal. Short is when the ball went out closer than those 15 yards.
|Ball Out of Play||Kick Taken||Time Taken||Distance From Goal|
Cech had to take 7 goal kicks and the longest one took him 24 seconds. The shortest only 8 seconds. On average for all the goalkicks Cech needed 19 seconds. On average for a short goal kick Cech needed 15,75 seconds and he needed 23.33 seconds on average when the ball had gone out far away from him.
Now let us see how much time Forster needed?
|Ball Out of Play||Kick Taken||Time Taken||Distance From Goal|
So what we see is that Forster had 13 goal kicks to make. And that his average time to take one was 28 seconds. The longest took him 36 seconds and the shortest 23 seconds! Compared to the Cech goal kicks this means that Cech only needed 1 second for his longest than Forster needed for his quickest goal kick.
This means that Forster on average took 47% more time to take his goalkicks than Cech.
If we look at the short goalkicks where the ball had gone out close to the Southampton goal we see that Forster needed 27 seconds to take it. Remember Cech needing under 16 seconds for the same… that is very close to almost the double of time!
For the longest goalkicks we see that Forster needed on average 29,4 seconds. Cech managed to do them in 23.33 seconds.
It is obviously something was wrong with the time wasting. The total time of wasted seconds by both goal keepers was 496 seconds. In minutes this is 8,2 minutes. So in a match of 90 minutes this is almost 10% of the time wasted! And that with those high ticket prices we have to pay… when will the supporters federations look at that? And then we haven’t added the time wasting on throw ins of course and other stops….
So what can the PL do about it?
Well they could do the same as all the other top leagues in Europe and in the CL do. They could start to work with more than one ball. Now we see that the keeper first starts shouting at his defenders (just to give the TV companies some interesting pictures). Then he will look to his left even when the ball has gone out to his right (or the other way round of course when the ball went out the other side). Oh, it isn’t there (silly me) the ball is at the other side.
Then he will walk as if he walking on some hot and sunny beach towards the ball. Meanwhile when passing his goal post he might even take a drink pause. Look for that one and only one ideal place to put the ball down. And then kick the mud of his shoes against the goal post (even when no mud is there like in the Emirates) and the finally he will kick the ball.
Now the PL must do anything to stop this. And the most important thing is what we can see at any CL match: ball boys who always have a proper match ball in their hands and who throw it immediately to the keeper who doesn’t have to go searching for the ball anymore. No it is there immediately at his feet and hands. That will take away around 10 seconds of every goal kick I think.
Why on earth is the PL the only league that still clinches to that one ball system?? Is it because of lack of money as it would be too costly for the clubs to buy all those balls???? Surely it can’t be with all that money flowing and floating around in the PL and with all that money wasted on transfers each and every transfer window???
It is as if the PL openly mocks the spectators in the stands who pay their hard earned money to see the match live in the stadium. It would be not accepted if you go to the theatre and the movies and with 10% of the movie or show they suddenly would stop it and say: that’s it for today. You will not see the rest as our time is up and we have to go home. But that is what is happening at football. Because it is an accepted (not by me) tactic to get away with a point or a win at the expense of the paying crowd.
The PL must stop this at once and the only thing they have to do is to tell each team to buy another 10 match balls and give them to the ball boys. Surely is there nobody at the PL headquarters who came up with such a simple idea? Or do they not care about their product?
It is done in each and every other top league. Maybe the PL doesn’t consider itself a top league …..?
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