FIFA is reportedly thinking of ways to improve football and this has only led the world soccer governing body into considering a host of controversial changes to the current system.
Already, various tests have been carried out at a youth tournament named the Future of Football Cup, Mundo Deportivo reports.
The competition which features under 19 sides from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge, has seen Fifa trail a series of different rules, that could later be implemented in professional football.
Let’s take a look at what the new rules are and how they are being trialed at this tournament.
Two 30-minute halves
The first change would see halves reduced to 30 minutes each, with a stopwatch used whenever there is any interruption in the match.
As a result of the pandemic, the number of substitutions has increased from three to five. However, the possibility of unlimited changes is now being studied during the tournament.
Yellow card sin bins
Yellow cards would carry a greater punishment than they do at present. Players who receive one would have to leave the field for five minutes, meaning the team would be momentarily outnumbered.
Kick-ins instead of throw-ins
Throw-ins would be able to be taken with the foot, instead of the ball having to be thrown back in after going out over the sideline.
Dribbling from corners
Finally, players would be able to take the aforementioned kick-ins and corners without having to combine with another teammate first. Instead, they would be able to drive the ball into play themselves.