Zurich, Switzerland – FIFA officials have announced today that they will be increasing the size of all playing fields in time for the 2018 World Cup. The playing fields will all triple in size. This change comes after there was a substantial increase in goals scored per match in the 2014 World Cup. Teams combined to average 2.7 goals per match in 2014 compared to the 2.23 goals per match averaged in 2010.
States FIFA president Gianni Infantino, “Not only did we see a rise in goals per game in the last World Cup, we saw some teams getting almost ten shots on goal per match. This is something that must be curbed before it gets out of control. Increasing the size of the playing field is what we believe to be the perfect solution. We don’t want to be seen as a high scoring sport. We want our game to remain as boring as possible. That way when a team does eventually score, it’ll be that much more exciting.”
Despite these changes, hundreds of millions of people around the world are still expected to tune into the next World Cup.