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World soccer chiefs consider introduction of 30-minute halves

19 June 2017
World soccer chiefs consider introduction of 30-minute halves

David Elleray, technical director for the IFAB and producer of the "Play Fair" document, has stated that the objective of the proposals is to improve the flow of the game and remove unnecessary rules.

It is proposed, in particular, to reduce the game time from 90 minutes "dirty" time to 60 minutes clean - stops the stopwatch during pauses as it occurs, for example, in hockey and basketball.

FOOTBALL'S traditional 45-minute halves could be scrapped in favour of two 30-minute periods, as lawmakers look into rule changes.

Now playing two 45-minutes halves, Federation Internationale de Football Association would like to make the adjustment to a pair of 30-minute halves in addition to stopping the clock when the ball is not in play.

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

IFAB says the document has three aims - to improve player behaviour and increase respect, to increase playing time and to increase fairness and attractiveness.

Other ideas up for debate include allowing players to dribble straight from a freekick, rather than take the mandatory pass, as is presently the case.

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.

Any changes would take years to enact after discussions and trials overseen by IFAB, which revises football's laws annually and comprises officials from FIFA and the four British football federations. Award penalty kicks for defenders using their hands or arms to stop a goal-bound ball.

On Saturday, there were just 47 minutes of actual playing time in Russia's 2-0 win over New Zealand to open the Confederations Cup, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

This, IFAB say, would eliminate the problem of players entering the penalty area before the shot is taken in a bid to be first to rebounds, which "annoys people as referees rarely punish them".

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.

Instead of teams taking alternate penalties, the new system involves team A taking the first kick, then team B taking two, after which team A takes two.