Football games to be reduced to 60 minutes?

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Now playing two 45-minutes halves, Federation Internationale de Football Association would like to make the adjustment to a pair of 30-minute halves in addition to stopping the clock when the ball is not in play.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) - football's rule-making body - are set to propose the revolutionary new idea.

IFAB says the document has three aims - to improve player behaviour and increase respect, to increase playing time and to increase fairness and attractiveness.

Some of the age old rules of football could soon be scrapped by law makers who are proposing some radical changes to the way the handsome game is played. My starting point was to look at the laws and say 'what are they for?' and if there is no particular reason then would changing them make the game better.

The IFAB said that this change is due to their belief that football matches only see about 60 minutes of "effective playing time" from the 90 minutes that are available.

Among Elleray's ideas is to turn penalty kicks into stand-alone events, with a goal-kick being awarded if a penalty is missed or saved, removing the potential for a second attempt.

Among the ideas up for discussion is that of a player being allowed to pass to themselves at a free-kick, corner and goal-kick, a stadium clock which stops and starts along with the referee's watch, and allowing a goal-kick to be taken even if the ball is moving.

JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA- JULY 02 Luis Suarez of Uruguay handles the ball on the goal line for which he is sent off during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium

The document also says that match officials should be stricter in ensuring that goalkeepers obey the "six-seconds" rule.

Two of the biggest changes proposed by the IFAB over the weekend include the length of an actual match being reduced from 90 to 60 minutes. Award penalty kicks for defenders using their hands or arms to stop a goal-bound ball.

On Saturday, there were just 47 minutes of actual playing time in Russia's 2-0 win over New Zealand to open the Confederations Cup, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"There would thus be no need for players to crowd on the edge of the penalty area ready to run in early", the document explains.

"It is a radical document", IFAB technical director David Elleray, a former referee, told British newspaper The Times.

The IFAB are also looking at the possibility of giving penalties for goalkeepers handling backpasses, an offence which now incurs an indirect free-kick inside the box, and awarding "penalty goals" for handballs on the line.

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