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FIFA to test controversial changes to football in Future of Football Cup tournament

FIFA is considering bringing in a host of controversial changes to the current football system as the organization looks to improve the game enjoyed by millions of fans in the world. Some of the proposed changes include reduction of game duration, number of substitutions, and more.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, FIFA will try 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.

The first regulation to be altered is the game time. 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 and futsal.

Also, the referee will stop his watch whenever the ball gets out of play in an 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.

Finally, yellow cards will still be handed out but players will be suspended for a few minutes during the game. The offending player would be temporarily suspended for a five-minute period and forced to watch from the sidelines before returning to the pitch.

FIFA will assess the success of the changes after the Future of Football Cup and decide whether to discuss things further with the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that determines the laws of the game of association football.

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