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Published: Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:22 p.m. MDT

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MarkA
Logan, UT

I agree that coaches, parents, players all need to calm down in ALL sports. However, I don't understand the comparison of ejections in soccer to those in other sports. It's like comparing apples and oranges. Ejections in soccer are not an unexpected part of the game, and usually not from malicious intent. Perhaps a more fair assessment would be to tabulate the number of soccer ejections that resulted in multi-game bans.

Soccer30
Cedar City, UT

Ejections are a part of the game in soccer and are not always a sign of poor sportsmanship. It does need to be changed a little but it is not as bad as the graphic would make it appear. I have officiated over 100 boys and girls soccer games and have yet to see anything worse than any other sport. If anything I have witnessed better sportsmanship in soccer. The fans need to cool down a bit but that is mostly due to ignorance. Maybee uhsaa should differentiate between the types of ejections to better monitor the situation.

Simpe Spectator
St.George, UT

I agree with MarkA. Its completely comparing apples to oranges. A goal tend in basketball cost you 2 points, and doesnt cost you any kind of foul. It gets you kicked out in soccer. What would be considered a foul in basketball, would be a yellow card in soccer. The state needs to realize that. Also, its so hard when you have only 3 refs on such a huge field. Refs are forced to make a call from 40+ yards away which isn't fair to them or the fans. Stop complaining, its not comparable.

BryceDeMann
Murray, UT

Soccer30, simpe spectator are correct. Feels like the people in charge don't really understand the sport the are dealing with. Just showing numbers of ejections gives no feel for sportsmanship. Threatening to take away games seems to actually make an official less inclined to give cards for bad fouls and lets games get more physical and less civil. Just the act of taking away a clear goal scoring opportunity by foul is cause for ejection by rule. I don't think that is the case in girls volleyball. Seems like the people writing the article should know some of this as well.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Two problems with this data should help us understand why it isn't worth the paper it's written on:

- As has been mentioned above, ejections in soccer can come during the normal course of play from simply committing too many fouls. It's roughly equivalent to fouling out in basketball. But basketball players who fouled out aren't counted in the ejections.
- The data is not normalized for number of participants. There are way more high school soccer players than basketball players, and way more playing at the same time (11 vs. 5). It stands to reason there would be more issues, more discipline, and more ejections with more players participating at once.

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