Rothenberg Seeks More Scoring

Alan Rothenberg, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, has asked the world governing body of soccer to consider rules changes that would encourage more scoring and also suggested using American teams and leagues to experiment with changes.

Soccer’s international body has said it would consider rules changes as a result of this summer’s World Cup finals in Italy, where scoring fell to a record low. The next World Cup will be held in the United States in 1994.

In his letter, Rothenberg urged experimenting with such changes as larger goals, elimination of the wall during free kicks, adjusting the offside rule and banning kicks back to the goalkeeper to determine their effect on scoring.