What is a draw in soccer?
A draw occurs when a match concludes and both teams have scored the same number of goals. Instead of going into overtime as they must in other sports, many soccer matches can result in a tie. A tiebreaker is not required to determine the winning team.
When do soccer games not end in a tie?
While most soccer games can end in a tie, there are exceptions when a winner must be declared. For example, any tournament from regional competitions to final matches of the World Cup requires a winning team to whom the prize money and trophy go.
How many points is a draw?
A draw is worth one point in major leagues and tournaments, such as the English Premier League and the World Cup group stage. Thus, a draw is much better than a loss, but still grants two fewer points than a win. Draws are not possible in tournaments past the group stage, so they do not count for any points during knockout stages.s
According to the IFAB, three permitted procedures can be used to determine the winning team after normal match time ends in tied scores. These procedures include:
- Away goals rule
- Two equal periods of extra time not exceeding 15 minutes each
- Kicks from the penalty mark