singaporesoxfan said:Why wouldn't teams just tacitly agree to let each other score a goal each then? (Sort of like the way players kick the ball back to the opposing team if the opposing team kicked the ball out to stop play for an injury.)
1. This is less to address the "biscotti" games where each team needs a draw in one match to advance in a tournament and more to generally remove the reward for overly cynical, negative football. You want to park the bus from the first minute? That's fine, but you don't get the fallback of one point if you're not able to score on a counter. You do not get rewarded for a match in which you do not score. It used to be a win was 2 points and a draw was 1, then they changed it to the current 3 and 1 to give more of an incentive to take risks. This is in the same vein. It's an easier thing to tweak than altering rules that affect the run of play on the field.
2. Even in the "biscotti" matches, there's a big difference between a game starting even and staying even and one team having to trust that another team will reciprocate and allowing itself to fall behind. The latter requires far more explicit coordination.