FIFA plans to scale back soccer matches from 90 minutes to 60 minutes
The world football association FIFA is considering making a number of controversial changes to the current football system. One of them will be for the games to be shortened from 90 to 60 minutes.
According to Mundo Deportivo, FIFA is looking for ways to improve the game and is testing a number of different rules in the Future of Football Cup youth tournament.
Among 19 teams from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge all take part in the experiment, which includes five important rules.
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First, instead of 90 minutes, the games will consist of two 30-minute halves – with the idea of a shortened game, probably derived from basketball and futsal.
In April, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez pointed out shorter games in the European Super League before their all-powerful collapse.
The referee will stop his watch when the ball goes out of play to prevent persistent waste of time and kick-ins instead of throw-ins will be performed.
Teams are normally allowed to deploy three submarines – this has of course been expanded to five recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If these plans are implemented, permanent replacements are permitted across the board.
And finally, yellow cards lead to a bowl of sin, similar to rugby. The guilty player would be temporarily suspended for five minutes and forced to watch from the sideline before returning to the field of play.
It is important to note that this is currently only a testing phase and FIFA will evaluate the success of the changes and decide whether to further discuss matters with the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that sets the rules of association play Soccer.
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