Is the Three-point System Necessarily Better Than the Two-point System in Soccer?
by Hakan Demirtas.
Once upon a time, the winning team received two points in soccer.
To make the game more interesting and exciting, the new three-point rule came
into play. Presumably, this would ensure that there would be no more boring passes,
no more ugly time-running tricks, and no more kicking the ball randomly off the court.
Games were supposed to be winning-oriented, because one win would be worth more than
two ties. Teams were going to be full of aggression, drive and a desire to win.
Obviously, in soccer leagues, the game is better now than it was before.
However, is this true in semi-elimination systems such as the first round
of 2010 World Cup? In this note, this question is addressed.
Sports Statistics, Semi-elimination, Simulation
Hakan Demirtas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Debasis Kundu, email@example.com
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