Don’t lose the draw

March 15 2007

So the Football League is considering scrapping draws.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Why? Football fans like draws. A draw is often the fairest result. Why, in a league, do you need a winner in every game? We’re not impatient Americans. We don’t need to come away from every sporting event knowing who’s won and who’s lost.

The draw is one of the great achievements of British sport. Look at cricket. You play for five days, and sometimes there is no winner. But that’s life. You win some, you lose some, you draw some.

A draw teaches us – and I’m thinking about young football fans in particular – that winning isn’t everything. Rather, a draw lets us see that there is valour in not winning. How many times have you watched a thrilling end-to-end game of football and come away thinking, ‘A draw was a fair result’? In these cases, a draw is the correct result.

That’s the beauty of the draw. It is an acceptable authorisation of parity. It is – if I may permit myself to be slightly pretentious – an agreement between the teams that they are both as good as each other. And I think that’s a marvellous thing.

Do away with the draw, and you do away with an awful lot that is good about football.

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One Response to “Don’t lose the draw”

  1. Paddy Says:

    Bang on, Mr Williams. I think they do this no draws thing in the J-League in Japan. It’s not done anywhere else in top-class football nations as far as I’m aware. This idea is so stupid I’m sure Sepp Blatter must have something to do with it.


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