Or wealth redistribution ? Win a soccer game by more than five points and you lose, Ottawa league says | Posted | National Post Win a soccer game by more than five points and you lose, Ottawa league says In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa childrens soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default. The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer leagues newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. The rule replaces its five-point mercy regulation, whereby any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered. Kevin Cappon said he first heard about the rule on May 20 right after he had scored his teams last allowable goal. His team then tossed the ball around for fear of losing the game. snip Kevins father, Bruce Cappon, called the rule ludicrous. I couldnt find anywhere in the world, even in a communist country, where that rule is enforced, he said. Mr. Cappon said the organization is trying to reinvent the wheel by fostering a non-competitive environment. The league has 3,000 children enrolled ranging in age from four to 18 years old. Everybody wants a close game, nobody wants blowouts, but we dont want to go by those farcical rules that they come up with, he said. Heaven forbid when these kids get into the real world. They wont be prepared to deal with the competition out there. Paul Cholmsky, whose four- and six-year-old boys play in the league, said the intended goal of a default-lose rule might backfire in teaching life skills.