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New Football Proposals Could See Some Enormous Rule Changes Come Into Effect

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"The aim of this document is to generate discussion and take a "fresh" look at how the Laws could make the game better", the International Football Association Board (IFAB) said in a document entitled, "Play Fair!"

Football's law-making body has announced that they will discuss a number of potential rule changes including 30-minute halves and penalty goals.

To increase "fairness and attractiveness", IFAB suggest clarifying the handball rule and only blowing the half-time and full-time whistles when the ball has gone out of play.

IFAB said some of the proposals could be implemented immediately and require no law changes, while some are "ready for testing/experiments" and some are "for discussion".

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.

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A second idea is for referees to stop their watch as play pauses when timewasting is most likely - the final five minutes of the first half and the last 10 minutes of the second half.

Under the proposals players would be allowed to play free kicks and corners to themselves instead of passing; the ball need not be stationary for a free kick; a penalty would be awarded for a goalkeeper handling a backpass; and a penalty goal could be given if an outfield player handles on or close to the goalline.

"Referees are saying to players at corners and free kicks 'remember, the cameras are watching you.' Players know they can not get away with things such as violent conduct and bad tackles".

They include cutting playing time down from 90 to 60 minutes, handing out point deductions to teams who protest decisions made by the referee and all saved penalties resulting in a goal kick, thus preventing teams from following up their spot kick from the rebound. Pre-match handshakes in technical area for the two coaches and referee "as a sign of respect". IFAB also states that referees should get better at calculating additional time.

Still, those were exactly the amounts of stoppage time added to the Russia-New Zealand game by referee Wilmar Roldan of Colombia.

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