Federation Internationale de Football Association to mull over possibility of 60-minute game clock

New Football Proposals Could See Some Enormous Rule Changes Come Into Effect

Football's rule-making panel wants debate on moving to 60-minute games and stopping the clock when the ball is not in play.

Major rule changes such as 30-minute halves and dribbling from free-kicks are set to be discussed as part of new proposals suggested by the organisation in charge of the Laws of the Game.

The Times reports that the changes are part of a document produced by former Premier League referee David Elleray, the technical director of IFAB, in order to increase the amount of time the ball is in play and to improve the behaviour of players and coaches.

Other talking points in "Fair Play!" to make games faster and fairer include: Letting players pass to themselves from a free kick or corner.

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.

David Ellery, the Technical Director of Ifab, says that the proposals are all meant to improve football for spectators.

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Perhaps one of the more intriguing ideas suggested is the plan to only allow the referee to blow the half time or full time whistle when the ball is out of play, in a similar style to rugby.

"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."
"To discourage them further, if an attacking player enters the penalty area before the penalty kick is taken the kick is "missed"; if a defending player does the same and the kick is missed/saved it is retaken".

On Saturday, there were just 47 minutes of actual playing time in Russia's 2-0 win over New Zealand to open the Confederations Cup, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Goal kicks will no longer have to leave the penalty area.

Instead of teams taking alternate penalties, the new system involves team A taking the first kick, then team B taking two, then team A taking two.

FIFA have 50 per cent of the voting rights on the IFAB board, with the governing bodies of English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish football holding the rest of the power.

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