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Stop the Hand Slap Goal

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Just wondering what everyone thinks about the rule which allows a player to slap the ball into the net in Football. I think this is a terrible way to award a goal. It looks crap and requires no skill but the reward is a maximum 3 points.

Donegal_D (Donegal) - 17/07/2017 10:58:10    2017952

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Replying To Donegal_D:  "Just wondering what everyone thinks about the rule which allows a player to slap the ball into the net in Football. I think this is a terrible way to award a goal. It looks crap and requires no skill but the reward is a maximum 3 points."
Ryan McHugh is fond of the oul no skill goal though isn't he, Say you celebrated it when he done it against Meath last week and Dublin in 2014. On the goal as a whole, I don't mind it. The finish may not be fantastic but its usually the end result of some fantastic build up play.

waynoI (Dublin) - 17/07/2017 11:27:41    2017979

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Surely there's skill involved to work the ball into a position to be able to slap her in?

Ban (Westmeath) - 17/07/2017 11:39:40    2017993

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Yes a 12 week ban for any player who does it, plus a ban for the manager who spent so much time perfecting these moves on the training ground.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - 17/07/2017 12:00:21    2018017

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That's an interesting point you've made - because both of those goals could of been scored by kicking the ball but its quicker to hand slap. Against Meath he had ample time and in 2014, the Dubs defense was still attacking when he buried his second goal :) - so under the current rules, the player made the most efficient choice. And every team is at it.... A few people who aren't Irish have pointed out to me that it looks crap and I agree with them totally.

Donegal_D (Donegal) - 17/07/2017 12:01:24    2018021

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Not a mention of how many of these 'goals' are square balls like Monaghans on Saturday night. have a good look at it before replying and make sure you know the rule.

kikfada (Louth) - 17/07/2017 12:22:00    2018038

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Replying To kikfada:  "Not a mention of how many of these 'goals' are square balls like Monaghans on Saturday night. have a good look at it before replying and make sure you know the rule."
Yeah the amount of lads you hear saying "sure there's no square ball anymore" at games is huge.

doratheexplorer (Cavan) - 17/07/2017 12:35:47    2018059

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Have to admit I never liked it, one overlap and you're foooooked, but its there and we're great with the overlap so what ya gonna do :D

realdub (Dublin) - 17/07/2017 12:37:11    2018061

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Replying To Donegal_D:  "Just wondering what everyone thinks about the rule which allows a player to slap the ball into the net in Football. I think this is a terrible way to award a goal. It looks crap and requires no skill but the reward is a maximum 3 points."
I love it they all count and change the square ball rule back to the old rule!

Spoddgy (Mayo) - 17/07/2017 13:31:30    2018108

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I agree, The change to the rule which meant only a closed fist was acceptable in these situations was passed subversively through congress. The palming into the empty net is not reflective of the skill set we need to encourage in the game. Every forward should be able to catch and bring a handpass down to their foot in one movement at pace.

WunderBar (Galway) - 17/07/2017 14:24:11    2018168

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Agree.

Barnowl94 (Galway) - 17/07/2017 14:33:02    2018177

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diving headers would be fun lol

kikfada (Louth) - 17/07/2017 14:59:28    2018199

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Replying To kikfada:  "Not a mention of how many of these 'goals' are square balls like Monaghans on Saturday night. have a good look at it before replying and make sure you know the rule."
I looked at it a few times and, much as I wanted to find it was a square ball, I thought the Monaghan goal was fair enough. He was outside the small square at the time the handpass was given across the goal. He was in when he touched it by slapping it in but outside when the pass was given. That's fair enough as far as I understand the rule.

Onion Breath (Carlow) - 17/07/2017 15:24:18    2018213

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Replying To kikfada:  "Not a mention of how many of these 'goals' are square balls like Monaghans on Saturday night. have a good look at it before replying and make sure you know the rule."
At point of handpass I don't think he is actually in the square.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - 17/07/2017 16:33:33    2018252

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Replying To doratheexplorer:  "Yeah the amount of lads you hear saying "sure there's no square ball anymore" at games is huge."
And that's just the refs/linesmen etc. ! I'm here all week.

timmyhogan (UK) - 17/07/2017 16:58:32    2018271

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Replying To kikfada:  "Not a mention of how many of these 'goals' are square balls like Monaghans on Saturday night. have a good look at it before replying and make sure you know the rule."
Give it up man....

seanfinn (Monaghan) - 17/07/2017 17:35:05    2018293

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kbIcVMwcdn4 Great goal

MesAmis (Dublin) - 17/07/2017 17:49:38    2018304

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Replying To Donegal_D:  "That's an interesting point you've made - because both of those goals could of been scored by kicking the ball but its quicker to hand slap. Against Meath he had ample time and in 2014, the Dubs defense was still attacking when he buried his second goal :) - so under the current rules, the player made the most efficient choice. And every team is at it.... A few people who aren't Irish have pointed out to me that it looks crap and I agree with them totally."
They should change the rules for any part of the game that 'look crap'. Maybe have an artistic merit section for scores. A simple hand slap goal would be just a point. If a player does a cartwheel into the square before he slaps the ball in it's three points. Freekicks are a bit boring, maybe extra points for blindfolded frees? Is it a game of football or a circus that you want to see?

GreenandRed (Mayo) - 17/07/2017 18:03:26    2018315

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I agree it's a horrible way to score. It's one of my hobby horses; should have to be one-handed, closed-fisted, and must come from a kick-pass, not a handpass. It's Gaelic FOOTball after all.

Gavvygavgav (Dublin) - 17/07/2017 18:07:34    2018319

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Maybe keep the slapped goal legal but only if the scorer got the ball from a foot pass.

Tacaí Liatroma (Leitrim) - 17/07/2017 20:06:14    2018353

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