Football Rule-Makers Are Considering Reducing Matches To 60 Minutes

New rules proposed by the International Football Association Board are already proving controversial

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Forget everything you thought you knew about football because in addition to recent rumours that penalty shoot-outs might be getting a mix up, it appears other fundamentals of the beautiful game may be changing too.

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The 90-minute football game may be on the way out according to a new proposal by International Football Association Board (Ifab) who are proposing a series of big changes including cutting games down to 60 minutes and stopping the clock when the ball leaves the field of play, as happens in rugby.

Before you get too upset that people are trying to take away your viewing time, it would actually make very little difference in terms of game-time, as there is usually less than an hour of the ball in play in football matches. Times sports reporter Martyn Ziegler, who tweeted the new rules, pointed out that the rules were similar to in hockey where the change in fact increased play time by around five minutes.

The changes are part of a strategy called 'Play Fair!' which aim to take unsporting conduct out of games. Stopping time when the ball is out of play would reduce time-wasting with substitutions or dawdling when taking free-kicks.

All sounds nice in theory, but what is football without the intense mind games of walking in slow-motion off the pitch when your team are 1-0 up after 82 minutes?