FIFA to mull over possibility of 60-minute game clock

June 27, 2011 - Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - The FIFA logo is pictured at a match between Japan and New Zealand during the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament in Bochum, Germany, 27 June 2011
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Every professional sport is always trying to make rule changes in order to keep up with the times, and soccer might be next on the slate, as FIFA will mull over the possibility of changing to a 60-minute game clock.

Currently playing two 45-minutes halves, FIFA would like to make the alteration to a pair of 30-minute halves in addition to stopping the clock when the ball is not in play.

“The aim of this document is to generate discussion and take a ‘fresh’ look at how the Laws could make the game better,” the International Football Association Board (IFAB) said in a document entitled, “Play Fair!”

However, it is also worth noting that any changes on the horizon would take years to actually put into circulation.

“What is going to be in the future, that’s not the point at the moment,” added Marco van Basten of FIFA’s technical department.

It is also worth noting that there are some additional topics of discussion encompassed in the“Fair Play!” document and include, via the Associated Press:

  • Letting players pass to themselves from a free kick or corner
  • Award penalty kicks for defenders using their hands or arms to stop a goal-bound ball
  • Abolish encroachment at penalty kicks by ordering play to stop after it is saved or rebounds from the post or bar
  • Pre-match handshakes in technical area for the two coaches and referee “as a sign of respect.

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