FIFA looks to cut down playing time from 90 to 60 minutes, in wake of new rules

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 25: FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the virtual FIFA Council Meeting at the Home of FIFA on June 25, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. The virtual meeting, held behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, included the bidding process and vote for the host of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 (FWWC23) which was awarded to the joint bid of Australia and New Zealand . (Photo by Ben Moreau/FIFA via Getty Images)

World football governing body, FIFA is considering bringing in a host of controversial changes to the current football system, with a prominent change being games reduced from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.

According to Mundo Deportivo, FIFA are looking for ways to improve the game and will be trying out a series of different rules in the ‘Future of Football Cup’ youth tournament that will include Under 19 sides from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge.

The tournament will feature five new key regulations.

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

In April, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had hinted at shorter games in the European Super League before it collapsed following huge resistance.

Secondly, 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 
been extended to five in recent times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

And then thirdly, 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.

The report notes 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.