...the use of a countdown clock, rather than a standard progressive clock, with time paused for dead ball situations at a referee's discretion. Halves ended when the clock reached 0:00, rather than at the whistle of the referee as was customary elsewhere.
Also implemented was the use of shootouts to resolve tie games. These best-of-five contests placed a player 35 yards from goal with five seconds to put the ball past the opposing goalkeeper; if needed the shootout progressed into extra frames. A winning team received one standings point (as opposed to three for the regulation win).
While IFAB rules allow teams to substitute three players during games, MLS allowed a fourth, goalkeeper-only substitute.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Videos:1996 Major League Soccer Clips
I'm was feeling a bit nostalgic for the early days of MLS this morning so I thought I'd find some clips from the Inaugural Season in 1996. It turns out that most of the clips on youtube from that season involve the NY/NJ Metrostars so many of the clips involve NY/NJ.
For those that haven't followed MLS since the start, here are a few of the quirky rules that were in place for that season (from wikipedia)
Bizarre....although I must say I did enjoy that format of shootout (just not to decide regular season games)
Top 10 Goals 1996
MLS Inaugaral Game
DC United v New York Playoff Highlights
Eric Wynalda - First ever MLS Goal
Nicola Caricola Own Goal with 15 seconds left