FIFA Set to cut football playtime to 60min, introduce unlimited sub, Kick-in instead of throw-in and other new features

FIFA is considering bringing in new changes with some rules to the current football system, starting by reducing the playtime of the most watch sport, football from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.

The world football governing body says according to Mundo Deportivo is looking for ways to improve the game and will be trying out a series of different rules in the ‘Future of Football Cup’ youth tournament that will include Under 19 sides from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge.

The tournament will feature five new key regulations.

Firstly, instead of 90 minutes, games will be made of two 30 minute halves – with the idea of shortened matches believed to have been taken from basketball which is also meet what the real Madrid President, Florentino Perez has been agitating for

Secondly, the referee will stop his watch whenever the ball gets out of play in attempt to crack down on persistent time-wasting and there will be kick-ins, instead of throw-ins.

Third, Normally, teams are allowed to make three subs which that has been extended to five in recent times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Should these plans go ahead, unlimited substitutions will be permitted.

Fourth, yellow cards will result in a sin bin similar to what is seen in rugby. The offending player would be temporarily suspended for a five-minute period and forced to watch from the sidelines before returning to the pitch.

The report notes that this is just a trial phase at present and FIFA will assess the success of the changes and decide whether to discuss things further with International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that determines the laws of the game of association football.

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