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In football, why do you get three points for a win and one for a draw?

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In 1981, the English Football League made changes to avoid boring draws. Did it work?

Asked by: Anonymous

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In 1981, the English Football League increased the number of points for a win from two to three, so teams would try harder to avoid boring draws. But whether it has succeeded in promoting more exciting football is far from clear. A 2005 study on Spanish matches suggested that teams play more defensively, and with more dirty tactics, once they're ahead.


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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.

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