FIFA’s talk over potential rule alterations and everything you need to know about it

July 18, 2021

FIFA is allegedly considering some huge alterations to the rules of the game and the Football World is technically going Loco (Spanish translates to Mad).  According to Mundo Deportive (a Spanish news agency), these radicalized rule changes can change the way we watch this game once and for all. It has also been reported that these rule changes will be tried out or you can say experimented on a youth tournament by FIFA to watch the reaction of it before applying it to the bigger sphere of tournaments. FIFA will organize this revolutionary youth tournament called ‘Future of Football Cup’ with four U-19 teams- PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig, and Club Brugge.

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino

The potential rule changes in details are:

Shorten the match timing:-

The concerns of the game of football not being appealing enough for the youth nowadays had been pointed by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez when he proposed the concept of the European Super League. The alleged Super League got canceled as it violated numerous laws of FIFA and UEFA but the thought of shortening the match timings lingered on the minds of the FIFA officials and nonetheless it could be the case this time.

The federation is considering deciding on the idea of limiting the match timings as there would be two halves of 30 minutes each and the match will be concluded within an hour or so instead of the traditional an hour and a half.

 Stop the clock:-

This could be news for the elite football players and especially Sergio Ramos who said some years back that he loves the late drama and scoring on injury time. Well, we maybe need to do away with this thought as FIFA is thinking of eradicating the concept of injury time. It means that the clock will stop every time the ball would go out of play instead of adding extra minutes at the end of the halves. This could combat the time-wasting which happens to be a big issue for some teams in certain situations of play but it is a piece of bad news for the fans as some of us thrive on this excitement and enthusiasm for these last-minute conundrums.

Unlimited substitutions:-

The idea of unlimited substitutions strikes us whenever we watch a friendly game but FIFA is in the view of making this a daily observation for us. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the tournaments to be conducted with players in bio-bubbles but still, there are cases of outbreaks of infection in these controlled circumstances which are affecting the overall health and fitness of the professionals and they are becoming more susceptible to injuries. As we have seen in EURO 2020 and Copa America 2021 some of the teams lost their key players to injury. For example, Denmark in their semi-final clash against England had to switch to playing with 10 men as they had exceeded the maximum of 5 substitutions plus 6th change on the extra-time and could not replace the injured player anymore into the dying embers of the game. This can be seen as a positive change so far as the health of the players is being put forward here and that should be the number one priority.

Sin-Bin System:-

The concept of Sin-Bins is used in Rugby and FIFA is also opening its arms to this system. If this change comes into place then the players would receive a 5-minute temporary expulsion from the pitch when produced with a yellow card. They will be forced to watch the play from the sidelines for five minutes before reentering the field of play. Dani Alves, the former Barcelona and PSG defender and one of the greatest right-backs in the history of football must have been laughing in a corner when reading this as with 210 yellow cards in his career and being ranked 2nd in the world for a player with the most number of yellow cards he could have been getting a lot of sin-bin breaks if this rule change fructified earlier and must have contacted Xabi Alonso to chat about it as the Spanish international holds the third position in the ranking with 197 yellow cards in his entire career.

Throw-Ins being played with feet:-

FIFA is conceptualizing the transformation of throw-ins with kick-ins and this thought can be horrific for the throw-in coaches who train players like Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, and Trent Alexander-Arnold to put deadly throw-ins in critical positions for their teammates to score from. This rule change was first put thought of by the former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger who is now a part of FIFA and the federation has already started practicing this rule in the youth tournaments as the players are now taking dead balls from touchlines by their feet instead of the traditional throw-ins.

If these alterations are brought into our game then it would completely revolutionize Football and change the course of the beautiful game. Well as of now it’s not certain that all these rules would be applied with immediate effect but the outbreak of the thought process makes us believe that it will occur slowly but surely.

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