Co-champions soccer debate continues

The Times Herald-Record reached out to local boys soccer coaches earlier this week, asking their thoughts on the current New York state format of co-champions being declared after 30 minutes of overtime in championship games.

Responses/opinions keep funneling in.

“There should not be co-champions in the state championship game. The whole purpose of a championship game is to have a champion (the best team). Either extend the overtimes to 20 or 30 minutes (golden goal) or decide it with a shoot out.” Wallkill coach Todd Andrews

“Co-champs. I am fine with it. I volunteer to work the championships every year. If we get to this part of the season and 110 minutes can’t separate a team, I don’t see any need to do PK’s (penalty kicks) to declare one winner. This isn’t Highlander (“There can be only one.”) Kids learn a lesson about sportsmanship and respecting their opponent. Plus, we get to send 20+ extra kids home happier on Sunday. It doesn’t matter that soccer is the only sport that does that. Each sport has it’s own idiosyncrasies. That’s OK…” Ellenville coach Maxwell Mead

“I totally disagree with ties in championship games. These kids worked their hearts out for this opportunity, to end it in a tie does a disservice to the players, coaches, schools and to the game of soccer itself. If that were my team I wouldn’t want to leave until we declared a single champion.” Fallsburg coach Lionel White

Read my column on the topic here.

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