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FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

Football fans are still finding it hard to accept the new 48-team World Cup and now FIFA is considering many as many as eight changes to the rules of the game.

FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

FIFA has already introduced the 48 team World Cup

Marco van Basten in his role as Fifa's technical development director has proposed a host of radical changes in a bid to make the game more exciting.

Here are the eight changes Van Basten said FIFA could make in an interview with German newspaper Bild;

1. Removing the offside rule

Van Basten said: “Football is more and more like handball. Personally I’m curious about how football would work without offside.”

FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

The lines-man will have his job reduced of the offside rule is changed

He added: “The game would be more attractive. The attackers would have more chances and there would be more goals. That’s what fans want to see.”

2. Scrap penalty shootouts and replace with “take-on challenge”

This was tried in the early days of the MLS but the trials were-short lived.

Instead of penalties, The outfield player would be able to dribble the ball from 25 metres out and try to shoot or take it past the opposition keeper into the net in a time limit of eight seconds, with five attempts per side.

3. Punish deliberate handballs less harshly

Instead of an outright sending off, footballers will be sent off for 5 to 10 minutes if they delibrately handle the ball in the area like is being done in Rugby when a player is sent off.

FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

Luis Suarez famously used his hand to block a last minute goal by Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup which could have sent the Black Stars to the semi-fianls

4. Captain being the only to speak with the referee

Much like in rugby, which has a far better relationship between referees and respectful players, Dutchman Van Basten wants to end the constant protestation from players towards the ref.

FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

Chelsea captain John Terry

And by doing that, allowing only team captains to speak to the official, which should prevent the official being coralled into making decisions.

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5. Introducing a basketball-style foul system

Van Basten said: “Like in basketball, a player can only make five fouls and then has to leave the field”.

Players in that sport, once they have made their sixth offence in a match, are “fouled out” and cannot return to the court at all.

FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

The number of red cards given will be cancelled

6. Reduce the number of games

The former AC Milan striker said: "We should reduce the number of official matches per season from 80 to a maximum of 50.”

7. Increase the number of substitutes

Van Basten wants to allow more actual changes to be made during a match – but is reluctant to waste time.

He said: “We talked about one or two additional changes in the case of extra time.”

FIFA reveals 8 rule changes that could be made to football

FIFA could allow for more substitutes

8. Making the last ten minutes flow better

Van Basten said: “We are very aware of the problem of time. The viewers want to see action and goals.

“The longer a substitution, the execution of a free kick or the treatment of an injured player, the more playing time is lost. We must be careful about this.

“We therefore also discuss making the last ten minutes of the game a period of effective playing time. The ball must roll every ten minutes.

“Because when a team finishes just before the end, they do everything they can to waste time, for example through substitutions.”

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