OK, before I let this go, here's a great example of what I was saying about the sheer capriciousness of soccer officiating ...
No doubt you've seen this already, but here's the video everyone's talking about of New Mexico defender/cementhead Elizabeth Lambert going all Hanson brothers on BYU. Watch it all the way through to the end.
Now tell me how, after all that, she didn't get red-carded. Seriously. She got one yellow card, and it wasn't even for yanking the one woman down by her hair or throwing a 1-2 combination at another. It was for a (relatively) mild trip.
Someone who knows soccer better than I do needs to explain this to me. Because I don't get it.