A nice article by Steve Goff this morning tells us that the league is adding some new rules to help crack down on players or coaches disrupting a match. The league’s board of governors has approved a rule that would penalize teams and coaches when three or more individuals confront a referee or opponent.
Goff called it “mass confrontation”, a new phrase I’m sure we’ll hear plenty of this season.
“We noticed a significant increase in temperature on the field and often, quite frankly, for innocuous situations,” said Jeff Agoos, MLS’s director of competition. After reviewing matches from the past 12 to 18 months, the league concluded it had a bigger problem with “mass confrontation” than most other soccer leagues.
MLS has grown increasingly concerned about multi-player ruckuses becoming unmanageable for the referee.
Personally, I think this was a smart rule to instate. There is some gray area like Goff later states in his article but the core of the rule is a good one in my book.
Goff also mentions three other rules that were added as well.