Federation Internationale de Football Association panel invites debate on 'radical' 60-minute game clock

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

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.

Among the most eye-catching suggestions include players being able to play free-kicks to themselves, and referees stopping the clock every time the ball goes "dead" - reducing playing time from 90 minutes to 60.

Penalty goals for handling the ball on the line could be a thing of the future if proposals compiled by the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) technical director are accepted.

Adopting two halves of 30 minutes with the clock stopped when the ball goes out of play is one of dozens of ideas put forward by Ifab in an attempt to make football more attractive, reports The Guardian.

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

Created to tackle the lovely game's negative aspects, the document has three aims: to improve player behavior and respect, increase actual playing time, and to increase fairness and attractiveness.

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

They're responsible for making the final decision on law changes and former referee David Elleray is the man who has overseen this document.

Any changes would take years to enact after discussions and trials overseen by IFAB, which revises football's laws annually and comprises officials from FIFA and the four British football federations.

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.

And it doesn't stop there either, goalkeepers will have to be careful because in these new proposals, a penalty goal could be given, even if the goalkeeper handles a backpass. Basically, this means that if their spot-kick doesn't hit the back of the net, play would stop immediately and a goal-kick would be awarded. UEFA has also been testing a new format for penalty kicks to eliminate the perceived advantage for the first team shooting.

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