World football’s governing body FIFA is planning to make a host of controversial changes to the current football system, one of them reducing matches from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.
According to Mundo Deportivo, FIFA is looking for ways to improve the game and is testing a different set of rules in the “Future of Football Cup” youth tournament.
Under-19 teams from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge all take part in the experience, which includes five key regulations.
First, instead of 90 minutes, matches will consist of two 30-minute halves – with the idea of a shortened match that would have been borrowed from basketball and futsal.
In April, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hinted at shorter matches in the European Super League before his almighty collapse.
The referee will stop his watch each time the ball goes out of play in an attempt to suppress the persistent loss of time and there will be kicks, instead of throw-ins.
Normally crews are allowed to do three submarines – this has of course been extended to five lately due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
If these plans come to fruition, unlimited substitutions will be allowed in all areas.
And then finally, the yellow cards will result in a trash can similar to what we see in rugby. The offending player would be temporarily suspended for a period of five minutes and forced to watch from the sidelines before returning to the pitch.
It is important to note that this is currently only a trial phase and FIFA will assess the success of the changes and decide whether to discuss further with the International Football Association Board ( IFAB), the body which determines the laws of associative play. Soccer.