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Norwegians consider 12th man

30 Oct 2012 11:17:33

Norwegians consider 12th man

The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) are considering a proposal which would allow youth teams to bring on an extra player if they are losing by four goals.

If introduced, Under-12 teams would have the chance to bring a 12th player on to the pitch to give the losing side a chance of getting back into the match.

The rule would then likely see the extra player removed from the game if the deficit is reduced.

The so-called "four-goal rule" is being tried out in the Telemark region with a view to introducing it nationally if it is successful.

The proposal has come in for some criticism, with suggestions the NFF are trying to ensure there are no winners or losers in a children's football match.

However, NFF spokesman Alf N Hansen told VG: "The only thing we're trying to do is even up matches. We want to avoid 15-0 games.

"By evening up matches the players can experience both skill and rivalry.

"With this proposal, there are several elements which promote the development of skills.

"We want to offer an alternative system in which players can face opponents on as level a footing as possible."

The proposal has been welcomed by former Norway and Manchester United defender Henning Berg, who said: "It's a good rule which will lead to more even matches. It's not a lot of fun losing 17-0 and it's not a lot of fun winning 17-0 either."


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