fifa has the great experiment on carding players for touching the ball after the other team has been awarded possession or after a goal is scored. now mls has its own cure for this problem. from the 7-11-05 mls discussion notes: "There have been recent confrontations resulting from a player retrieving a ball from the net after his team has scored and a member of the opposing team taking exception to it. The best way to avoid this problem is to get to the ball before the player does." do they really think that the ref is close enough to the goal to "get to the ball" first? i don't know about you all, but i try not to be standing in front of the goal when the players are trying to score. in fact, i don't think i have ever been closer to the goal than the player who scored. obviously we need to control these situations, but the mls method isn't reality. the initial report from fifa says the refs like the no touch rule and offered a slight modification to allow for situations where the player was clearly not trying to delay the match. http://www.fifa.com/en/development/refereeing/index/0,1247,108408,00.html?articleid=108408 while initially a skeptic on this change, i think the change with the suggested modification could be usefull.