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FIFA Plans To Reduce Football Games From 90 To 60 Minutes

FIFA Plans To Reduce Football Games From 90 To 60 Minutes

World football governing body FIFA is considering bringing in a host of controversial changes to the current football system with one of such which will see games reduce from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.

According to Mundo Deportivo FIFA are looking for ways to improve the game and are trialling a series of different rules in the ‘Future of Football Cup’ youth tournament.

Under 19 sides from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge are all partaking in the experiment, which features five key regulations.

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Firstly, instead of 90 minutes, games will be made of two 30 minute halves – with the idea of shortened match believed to have been taken from basketball and futsal.

In April, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had hinted at shorter games in the European Super League before its almighty collapse.

The referee will stop his watch whenever the ball gets out of play in attempt to crack down on persistent time-wasting and there will be kick-ins, instead of throw-ins.

Normally, teams are allowed to make three subs – that has of course been extended to five in recent times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should these plans go ahead, unlimited substitutions will be permitted across the board.

And then finally, yellow cards will result in a sin bin similar to what is seen in rugby. The offending player would be temporarily suspended for a five-minute period and forced to watch from the sidelines before returning to the pitch.

It is important to note that this is just a trial phase at present and FIFA will assess the success of the changes and decide whether to discuss things further with International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that determines the laws of the game of association football.

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  • JimmyBall 2 weeks ago

    This baldheaded Mr Infantino… Must you do reform with everything? It’s idiots like this who never played any serious football that come to tear the house down… are players complaining that 90minutes is too much? Please leave the game with its traditional rules…

    • Sean T 2 weeks ago

      Nonsense regulation. 90 minutes self no reach for an interesting match

  • This FIFA president is just creating confusion into the game. That’s how they introduce a new pattern of kick off in the game and trying to kick the ball in the box instead of allowing goal kick to be played to players outside the box…

  • Tope Adeola 2 weeks ago

    That change is odd o, 90 minutes is great.

  • i hope fans will have a say before the final decision is made

  • The ninety minutes games is not enough for a standard game as it full of many stoppages. The additional given by match official s does cover the entire game. It is a disappointing act to reduce the playing time .

  • Olusegun.B. 2 weeks ago

    There’s nothing wrong with 90 mins football . Honestly.

  • Livingstone 2 weeks ago

    If those changes are made, I will stop watching football and hate football. NOT SWEET AGAIN.

  • Ako AMADI 2 weeks ago

    They do not have work to do at FIFA, a reason Infantino comes up with bizarre ideas. Next they’ll increase the size of footballs and widen goalposts. Then we’re likely to have a World Cup of mixed men and women teams.

    • Profjeff 2 weeks ago

      This ur ideas are actually possible o…..abeg no let this infantino guy see this message

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    I think the reform we need in football is fixing the offside rules. The rate at which goals are being disallowed in the VAR era for being marginally offside is killing the game, in my opinion. Even if the goal-scorer is offside by the breadth of a cat’s whisker, or by the skin of a typical tooth, offside will still be given!
    For example, the rule can be adjusted to say you can only be offside if you are more than 1 meter ahead of the line. A rule like this will make football much more exciting for the neutral observer. Strikers will be rewarded for their industry, and defenders will have to work a bit harder than they are doing currently to stop strikers from scoring goals.

    • @Pompei, offside is offside, no matter how marginal, part of the reason the game is interesting.

      Introducing your idea will reduce the technicality of the game, and makes the striker to be more lazy and and the game will be more defensive.

      Also the players will take due advantage of the rule

      • pompei 2 weeks ago

        Ola, most of the soccer commentators I listened to in the recent past have talked about how tight many of the offside calls are. Marginal calls that many times come down to just a few inches. I think it’s ridiculous. To disallow a goal because it was 2 inches offside….well, that’s great for the side that just conceded, but it’s terrible for the team that scored, for the player that scored (imagine it was you), and most of all, for the neutral fan. How will the game grow in this scenario? For instance, how will the typical American chose soccer over basketball or American football, if we continue to needlessly disallow the thing that makes the sport exciting – goals?
        I agree that the offside rule should not be completely removed. If that is done, it is extreme, and will kill the game. But what we are witnessing now is another extreme, the other end of the spectrum, if you like. We need to find and strike a reasonable balance, that keeps the offside rule in place, but does not make it so ridiculously stringent!

        • My man, instead of working on the offside rules, which I believe is still a little clear and honest, what about the foul in the box? Especially ball to hand or hand to ball, case of Tottenham came to mind during last year champions league (Pochetino) Era, and the dive of sterling that was ruled as penalty even after VAR review? What about goalkeepers one step outside foul during penalty kick? All these are more immediate in review than the offside thing, because they bring about serious controversies

          • pompei 2 weeks ago

            Yes, the ball-to-hand issue is another big one FIFA need to address. I prefer for a penalty to be awarded if a player handles the ball voluntarily or not. To leave it to the ref’s judgment leaves room for injustice and daylight robberies. We’ve seen enough of that already. Let’s have a clear cut rule, so that when it happens, there is no debate.

  • Bentopsy 2 weeks ago

    Though I don’t like the new rules but one. The 60 minutes is not actually bad because every time the ball goes out of play, the time is stopped. In the current 90 minutes, the actual playing time is between 50 to 60 minutes even less sometimes. The implications of the rule is that some matches might last up to 2 hours and above just like basketball because the sixty minutes must be played couple with the times the play is stopped

    • Bentopsy 2 weeks ago

      When a match is played, assuming it starts 4pm, we already know it will end few minutes before six, but with the new rules you can’t actually say the match will end at so time, because no matter how long the stop times, the 60 minutes must be played