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Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

FIFA to study scrapping extra time

GENEVA (AP) FIFA's president wants the governing body to consider scrapping extra time at the 2014 World Cup to encourage an attacking style after defensive tactics dominated in South Africa.

Sepp Blatter said Thursday he wants to discourage teams from defensive play when they are tied after 90 minutes in a knockout match "in an attempt to avoid conceding a goal at all costs."

"To prevent this, we could go directly to a penalty shootout at full time, or reintroduce the golden goal rule," Blatter said in an interview published on FIFA's website.

The golden goal rule applied at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, in which the first goal of extra-time decides the game.

Blatter also is unhappy with some teams' negative approach in their first group matches at the recent World Cup.

"We witnessed some teams that went out to avoid defeat, that were playing for a draw from the outset. We have to try to find a way to encourage free-flowing football in tournaments like the World Cup, with teams playing to win," Blatter said.

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