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Football's lawmakers propose 30-minute halves

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Spencer Simpson | 19 June, 2017, 01:24

Scrapping the game's standard 45-minute half is the most startling proposal brought by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

IFAB will discuss reducing halves to around 30 minutes, with the clock being stopped any time the ball goes out of play.

Derby County could soon be playing 30-minute halves if proposals from world football's rule makers come into play.

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.

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

Players will be able to play free kicks or corners to themselves.

Among Elleray's ideas is to turn penalty kicks into stand-alone events, with a goal-kick being awarded if a penalty is missed or saved, removing the potential for a second attempt.

There is a lot of discussion that would need to happen before such changes would be adopted by Federation Internationale de Football Association and be used in official matches, but IFAB admits they are considering the new rules to make soccer more entertaining.

While those changes are only at a stage of being up for discussion, other proposed rule adjustments are defined by IFAB as "ready to be tested" in match situations.

"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."

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.

IFAB suggests match officials should be stricter on time-keeping, stopping their watch from a penalty being awarded to the spot-kick being taken, from a goal being scored until the match resumes from the kick-off, and from the signal of a substitution to play restarting.

Other incredible topics up for discussion include the position of goal kicks, "self-passing" at set-pieces, handball rules and when the full-time whistle should be blown.


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