why is a tie in soccer much more frequent than a tie in other sports?


I’m not looking for “soccer is the only sport to end in a tie” answers. I’m asking WHY, through the gameplay or tactics is soccer much more likely to end in tie compared to other professional sports?

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Scores are lower in soccer than other sports. Ice hockey is close, and also has frequent ties in regulation.

I think it’s due to the player count on the field along with rules that requires strong teamwork and slip ups of the opposing team that creates scoring opportunities. So both teams being strong result in ties.

It’s just the nature of the game. It’s much more difficult to get opportunities to score in soccer compared to other sports, just due to the fact that the field is larger, passing is more difficult, and scoring takes a good amount of luck along with strategy. Some teams might only get 1 or 2 really good attempts to score per game. This all adds up to a very good chance of the game ending in a 0-0 tie, or other similarly low scoring tie.

In Hockey, Basketball, Football, Baseball, etc… you have quite a bit more opportunities to put points on the board and that makes it mathematically much less likely to end in a tie.

Sometimes they go to overtime or even multiple shootouts if the official game ends in a tie. Not sure what differentiates the choice for this.

In soccer you can only score one point at a time. This makes it difficult to build a multi-point lead, and makes it easier for a given scoring attempt to equalize the score. Contrast it to basketball, where you have 1, 2, or 3 point opportunities or American football, where you can score 1, 2, 3, or 6 points.