Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

FIFA panel invites debate on 'radical' 60-minute game clock

FIFA panel invites debate on 'radical' 60-minute game clock

David Elleray, technical director for the IFAB and producer of the "Play Fair" document, has stated that the objective of the proposals is to improve the flow of the game and remove unnecessary rules.

Some of the age old rules of football could soon be scrapped by law makers who are proposing some radical changes to the way the attractive game is played.

Now playing two 45-minutes halves, Federation Internationale de Football Association would like to make the adjustment to a pair of 30-minute halves in addition to stopping the clock when the ball is not in play.

And Elleray says that Ifab believe an increased use of Video Assistant Referees would also improve the sport.

"The strategy proposes measures to reduce time-wasting and "speed up" the game".

"Referees are saying to players at corners and free kicks "remember, the cameras are watching you".

Abolish encroachment at penalty kicks by ordering play to stop after it is saved or rebounds from the post or bar.

David Ellery, the technical director for IFAB, told the media: "My starting point was to look at the laws and say 'What are they for?' And if there is no particular reason then would changing them make the game better".

One of the proposals already being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation is the idea of only allowing captains speak to referees to prevent match officials being mobbed.

Other incredible topics up for discussion include the position of goal kicks, "self-passing" at set-pieces, handball rules and when the full-time whistle should be blown.

Other ideas include a stadium clock linked to a referee's watch, a penalty goal awarded if an outfield player handles on or close to the goal-line, and a new rule allowing players to effectively pass to themselves or dribble the ball when taking a free kick. UEFA has also been testing a new format for penalty kicks to eliminate the perceived advantage for the first team shooting.

The document says match officials should be stricter on the rule which allows goalkeepers to hold the ball for six seconds.

The IFAB is made up of FIFA and the four British home football associations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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