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50% fewer cards issued in the football league in 2014

Updated: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 20:56 | Comments

Less than one black card shown per game Instance of black cards shown has been less than one per game so far in this year's Football League
Less than one black card shown per game Instance of black cards shown has been less than one per game so far in this year's Football League

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There has been a dramatic decrease in the number of cards issued in the Allianz Football Leagues, with an almost 50% reduction in the total compared to last year 

GAA statistics reveal the total number of black, yellow and red cards issued across the 112 games played this spring stands at 4.39 per game, compared to 8.32 per game in the 2013 League.

On average less than one black card has been shown per game, while the number of yellow cards shown in 2014 was effectively half of the number shown during the 2013 Leagues.

Other stats from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC)  show that the number of scores per game has increased by over 10% since the introduction of the new black Card rule for cynical behaviour fouls. 

In this year's Leagues, the total aggregate scores (goals and points combined) per game played was 32.77 points. This was an increase of almost 3.5 points per game on that recorded last year and 4 points per game on the 2012 totals.

The figures released also indicate that there has been a steady and dramatic increase – in the region of 40% - in the number of scores per game recorded in Allianz Football League games over the last 20 years.

The comparable figures from twenty years ago - the 1993/1994 leagues – reveal that at that time, the total aggregate average of points per game was only 23.15, well over 9 points less than in 2014.  

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