I know in late February 2004 it was decided to do away with the golden goal - what was the logic for this? So far, I have found two main arguments: 1) it encouraged more defensive play and 2) it put excessive pressure on the referee (source: http://www.answers.com/topic/golden-goal). These don't seem very logical to me - coaches always have the option to go for the win or play for PKs and referees always face a great deal of pressure. The benefits of the golden goal, in contrast, seem substantial: fewer games decided by PKs and less fatigue for players when games end earlier. Does anyone have any thoughts on this issue? I am new to the community and would be interested in hearing arguments for and against the golden goal.