This story (seen here) is about a week old but I wanted to get some reaction from the news. FIFA president Sepp Blatter says there is discussion to eliminate ties in the World Cup group stage.
I guess my first reaction is, why? There does not seem to be a problem with the current set up and I do not think many fans are going to flock to soccer just because there are no more draws. The ones that watch just for the World Cup will continue to watch and the ones that do not watch will continue to not watch (as I believe their dislike of soccer goes beyond the fact that there are draws).
My second reaction is that this will be terrible for the World Cup. Take a look at the Fulham- Man U match from this weekend. I think Fulham definitely deserved a point and they got it on the late equalizer. Take that game to extra time and Fulham might come away empty, undeservedly. If you eliminate ties in the group stage, we will see many teams earn an unfair 0 points when they deserve 1 and some teams earn 3 when they deserve only 1. This could cause a huge swing in the outcomes of the group stages.
Third, the extra time played would be brutal later in the World Cup. If these teams are forced to play extra time in the group stage, there is a greater chance these teams could be gassed later on in the tournament, hurting the quality of play when it matters the most.
Finally, I think it would hurt the last day of group play. Currently, a team with 1 or 2 points could still be in contention on the last day, making for more exciting matches. However, if they lose both those games in extra time, they are sitting on zero points, with likley nothing to play for.
Also, why is Blatter concerned about fixing something that is not broken when instant replay is right in front of his face?