What Is a Draw In Soccer?


What Is a Draw In Soccer?

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and as such, it has its own set of rules and regulations. One concept that new soccer fans tend to often misunderstand is the draw.

In soccer, a draw occurs when a game ends without either team winning. The game ends in a tie, and both teams receive one point in their standings. Let’s look at what this means for the players and fans involved. 

What Happens During a Draw? 

When a soccer match ends in a draw, neither team receives any points for the win or loss columns in their standings. Instead, each team will receive one point for ending the match in a tie – an outcome not unlike that of an overtime NHL game. Teams are incentivized to play hard until the final whistle instead of settling for the tie early to preserve their energy for future games. 

In some cases, two draws may be played to determine which team will advance further into tournament play. This is known as extra time or sudden death overtime, and it involves playing two 15-minute periods with no break between them.

If neither team scores during this period, they will move on to penalty kicks, where each team gets five shots from 12 yards away from the goal – if still tied, then additional penalty kicks will occur until there is a winner. 

Why do Draws Occur? 

Draws can occur due to several factors, including exhaustion on either side, standout defensive performances by either side, or simply because both sides are evenly matched throughout the match. Draws can also happen due to weather conditions such as heavy rain or strong winds that make playing conditions difficult.

It’s important to note that all draws must be settled within 90 minutes of regular time plus stoppage time. If bad weather continues beyond this, the game may be abandoned entirely depending on how much longer it would take for conditions to improve enough play to resume safely. 


Too summarize, a draw occurs when a soccer match ends without either side winning – both teams receive one point each. They must move on to extra time or penalty kicks depending on tournament regulations if necessary. Understanding why draws occur can help you understand what determines who wins and loses when two sides meet on the pitch.