These football reforms will be debated including scrapping 45 minute half

A wide range of reforms will be debated at the lawmaking body the International Football Association Board (Ifab).

Ifab is made up of the four British football associations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and FIFA.

The reforms are aimed at improving player behaviour, increasing playing time and increasing fairness as well attractiveness.

Some of the proposals include scrapping the 45 minute halves. A document called the Play Fair! strategy says that in the current 90 minute format, the amount of time when the game is played amounts to just 60 minutes. So the proposals would be to have two 30 minute halves in which the clock is stopped every time the ball is dead. Also, a stadium clock will be linked to ref’s watch.

It suggests match officials stop 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
  • from asking an injured player if he requires treatment to play restarting
  • from the referee showing a yellow or red card to play resuming
  • from the signal of a substitution to play restarting
  • from a referee starting to pace a free-kick to when it is taken

Other proposals include:

  • Penalty goals –  in the event of a deliberate handball of a goalboud effort, a penalty goal is awarded.
  • No penalty rebounds –  If a keeper successfully stops a penalty, an attacking player cannot follow it up to convert. The ball is considered dead and a goal kick is awarded.
  • Penalty awarded if keeper handles a back pass.
  • Passing to yourself from a goal-kick or free kick.
  • Allowing a goal kick to be taken if the ball is moving
  • A goal kick to be taken the same side it went out
  • Referees can only blow for half-time or full-time when the ball goes out of play
  • A player who stops or scores a goal with his hand to get a red card.
  • A player substituted can exit the playing field via the nearest boundary line
  • Red card for substitute – if a substitute receives a red card then the maximum number of substitutes the team can use for the remainder of the match is reduced by one (if the team has already used all substitutes then potentially one less substitution in next game).

Already being tested at the current Confederation Cup is a proposal to have only captains talk to the referee.

The proposals are part of what they term, a ‘quiet revolution’ of the game.

Click here to look at the Play Fair! strategy document