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Radical new laws including 30-minute halves set to be discussed by IFAB

Date Posted,June 17, 2017

Major rule changes to the beautiful game are set to be discussed and could see everything from the length of a match to the way free-kicks can be taken altered.

The International Football Association Board, which is responsible for the Laws of the Game, is looking to make the sport fairer and more attractive with the mooted changes.

Some of the more radical proposals include shortening the length of each half by 15 minutes, meaning games would run for an hour in total.

Another suggested idea involves allowing footballers to dribble directly from a free-kick instead of having to play a dead-ball to another teammate first.

A proposed idea involves allowing players to dribble directly from a free-kick (Photo: AFP)

The IFAB has released a document entitled “Play Fair!” which contains a strategy for 2017–2022 split into three ‘crucial areas’.

It is hoped that the mooted changes will improve player behavior and increase respect, increase playing time, and increase the fairness and attractiveness of the spectacle.

Both shortening a game by half an hour and allowing players to dribble from free-kicks will increase the overall playing time, according to the IFAB document.

Another radical proposal involves shortening the length of each half (Photo: David Ramos)

The report, which claims we only get an hour of actual playing time anyway due to stoppages in the game, suggests pausing the clock when the ball goes out.

This would ensure everyone plays exactly 60 minutes of football.

It also means there would be less opportunities for players to waste time (feigning injuries to run down the clock) and less point in doing so.

The mooted changes are to prevent players from wasting time (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

As for the proposed adjustment to free-kicks, the report claims that competitors will be encouraged to play quick, attacking football.

No longer will players have to stop the ball dead and play it if the law is passed, instead they will be able to continue as they were before the infringement.

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