Get pumped, Tahiti. Losing isn’t so bad.
A recent, bizarre rule change in Tahitian soccer has softened the blow for losing teams considerably.
Tahiti’s Football Association have revamped their scoring system in the domestic leagues so that winners now pick up four points instead of three, a draw yields two points, and losers pick up one point. Yes, losing teams now literally get rewarded just for showing up.
And here’s the kicker: it’s all because they “don’t want anyone to be sad.”
FA director Charles Ariiotima explained the compensation for losers, which as far as we know is the first of its kind, to ESPN Brasil:
We just don’t want anyone to be sad. With this system, even if a team loses every game, they won’t be on zero points at the end of the season. Football, first of all is joy.
Think we’re kidding? Here’s some hard, black-on-white proof:
Tahiti knows a thing or two about losing, of course, though they never seemed particularly upset about it. Tahiti’s national team had a memorable time in Brazil during this summer’s Confederations Cup, despite losing all three of its games and getting outscored a whopping 24 goals to 1.