Most of us don’t really have many issues with the way football is right now, do we?
So trust the governors in charge of football to attempt a radical shake-up of the way it is played.
Football’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), have revealed plans to change the way football is played.
The headline changes include reducing the game time to 60 minutes and passing to yourself from a corner kick.
IFAB have outlined the chances in a document entitled ‘Play Fair!’ which would bring in the radical changes.
Here’s a brief outline of all the changes that have been discussed.
1 60 minute matches, with 30 minute halves
The big change would be bringing in an hour long match, with 30 minute halves.
This change would include the clock being stopped when it goes out of play, similar to the way Rugby Union is played.
IFAB say in the document that this would be done to reduce time-wasting.
It claims: “Many people are very frustrated that a typical 90-minute match has fewer than 60 minutes of effective (actual) playing time (EPT) i.e. when the ball is in play.”
2 Passing to yourself from corner kicks and free-kicks
Rather than taking a short corner to a team-mate, you could now kick the ball to yourself.
It would also allow setting yourself up for a volley from a free-kick, which, admittedly, would be pretty sweet.
3 Stadium clocks that stop and start with the referee’s watch
Pretty self-explanatory, but anyone that has gone to a similar sporting event means that you’ll get one group of annoying fans who countdown ‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1…’ when the end of the game comes.
4 Goal kicks to be taken even if the ball is moving
This one seems fair enough. It seems strange that the ball has to be stationary when a keeper takes a kick.
5 Penalties will only be scored or missed, and no-one can follow up
To stop encroachment in the area, this idea for discussion would mean the player can only kick the ball goalwards, and it would be a simple score or miss situation.
No follow-ups, no encroachment in the area, no Messi/Suarez penalty antics.
6 Awarding a goal if the ball is handled near or on the goal-line
Talking of Luis Suarez, that goal he stopped against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup would have been awarded as a goal under the new rules.
Similarly, if a player tries to punch the ball in the net at the other end, they could face being sent off.
Take that, Diego Maradona – 30 years too late.
Hmm, some of these changes might have some merit to them, some perhaps less so. We’ll wait and see.
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