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20 Radical Change-of-Rules coming to the Game of Football (MUST READ!)

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A proposal to scrap 45-minute halves is to be looked at by football's lawmakers to deter time-wasting. Instead, there could be two periods of 30 minutes with the clock stopped whenever the ball goes out of play. Lawmaking body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) says matches only see about 60 minutes of "effective playing time" out of 90. 

The idea is one of several put forward in a new strategy document designed to address football's "negativities". Other proposals include:

1. Players not being allowed to follow up and score if a penalty is saved - if the spot-kick "is not successful", play would stop and a goal-kick awarded.
2. A stadium clock linked to a referee's watch, such that the stadium clock stops and starts along with the referee's watch.
3. A rule allowing players to effectively pass to themselves or dribble the ball when taking a free-kick.
4. Players who are being substituted leaving at the closest part of the touchline to them instead of at the halfway line. 
5. Passing to yourself at a free-kick, corner and goal-kick.

6. Allowing the goal-kick to be taken even if the ball is moving.
7. A goal-kick being taken on the same side that the ball went out on.
8. A "clearer and more consistent definition" of handball
9. A player who scores a goal or stops a goal with his hands automatically gets a red card
10. A keeper who handles a backpass or throw-in from a team-mate concedes a penalty.
11. The referee can award a goal if a player stops a goal being scored by handling on or close to the goal-line.
12. Referees can only blow for half-time or full-time when the ball goes out of play.
13. A penalty kick is either scored or missed/saved and players cannot follow up to score to stop encroachment into the penalty area.
14. Match officials should be stricter on the rule which allows keepers to hold the ball for 6 seconds and be more stringent when calculating additional time.

Additionally, it suggests match officials stop their watch: 
15. From a penalty being awarded to the spot-kick being taken.
16. From a goal being scored until the match resumes from the kick-off.
17. From asking an injured player if he requires treatment to play restarting.
18. From the referee showing a yellow or red card to play resuming.
19. From the signal of a substitution to play restarting.
20. From a referee starting to pace a free-kick to when it is taken.

Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola is in favour of the proposal to cut matches to 60 minutes. "I personally like this rule because there are so many teams who try to take advantage of it because they are winning and wasting time - so I think it is not a bad rule. Football is fast enough. Some of the changes I don't like very much, but this is a good one."
Already, former English referee David Elleray is IFAB's technical director and has overseen the document. "Referees, players, coaches and fans all agree that improving player behaviour and respect for all participants and especially match officials, increasing playing time and the game's fairness and attractiveness must be football's main priority," he said.

The next stage would involve the ideas being discussed at various meetings before decisions are taken on whether to develop them further or discard them.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is the body that determines the Laws of the Game of Association Football. IFAB was founded in 1886 to agree standardised Laws for international competition, and has since acted as the "guardian" of the internationally used Laws; since its establishment in 1904. FIFA, the sport's top governing body, has recognised IFAB's jurisdiction over the Laws.

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