The History Behind The Golden Goal in World Cup Matches

On June 8, 1998 FIFA announced that for the first time in the history of a final phase of the World Cup the Golden Goal rule would be applied in all knockout stages in the competition.

This meant that, from the last 16, all games tied after 90 minutes, would go into extra time. Therefore the first team to score the goal in extra time, would be declared immediately winner of the game. And if there was no goal, in the 30 minutes of extra time, the game would be decided in the habitual penalty kicks.

Inspired by Hockey sports, Golden Goal was introduced by FIFA in 1993 along with the rule change because the alternative term, “sudden death”, was perceived to have negative connotations.

There is some disagreement in the sources about who was the player to score the first Golden Goal, with many sources and even the Guinness Book giving the goal for French defender Laurent Blanc in the FIFA World Cup 98 that France hosted, the FIFA website published a rather strange article, giving the first Golden Goal to a Japanese player named Masayuki Okada who had only been on the field during the extra time, what a lucky kid.
The strange part of this article is that the goal was scored on November 16, 1997 something that contradicts the information placed at the beginning of this Post, and that was taken from the same article.
Well, something for FIFA to clarify, for us it is clear that it was the Blanc.

Another important thing to tell about all of this Golden thing, as you know, as long as you have Gold, you will always have Silver. So In the 2002–2003 season UEFA introduced a new rule, the Silver Goal, to decide a competitive match. In extra time the team leading after the first fifteen-minute half would win, but the game would no longer stop the instant a team scored. Competitions that operated extra time would be able to decide whether to use the golden goal, the silver goal, or neither procedure during extra time.

In total, only 4 golden goals were scored in the final stages of the World Cup. 1 of them in their debut in 1998, and the remaining 3 in the 2002 World Cup in Asia.

One of these 3, is the famous goal of Korea against Italy in the round of 16.

And after being widely perceived as failed experiments, The end of the two, both the gold and the silver goal would be very close to the end.
Because the World Cup only happens once in 4 years, there were not many controversial events in the race. There were only controversial episodes in the Euro, something that only led to discord within the world of football.

In February 2004, the IFAB announced that after Euro 2004 in Portugal, both the golden goal and silver goal methods would be removed from the Laws of the Game. Since the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany the golden goal has never been used in the event of a tied match during the knockout stage, and FIFA restored the original rules: in the event of a tied game after the original 90 minutes, two straight 15-minute periods of extra time were played. If a tie still remained after that, the winner was decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Now stop a second and imagine if this rule still existed these days, since we already have the video referee, would be a more dramatic way to end the games, either with Silver or Golden Goal.

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