NEW RULES: An European league will try out a new style of football
A number of rule changes will be tested in one of the biggest footballing nations of Europe
Everytime the IFAB, the international body that determines the Laws of the Game of football, announces a change to that set of rules, fans worldwide moan and cross their fingers. The reason is that, usually, far from fixing any of the existing problems, rules changes generally bring more confusion and less clarity to the sport.
However, it seems like this time there will be test ground before the big bosses at the rulemaking body tamper with the beautiful game. That's because the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, the second division of Dutch football, will be playing under a new rulebook during the 2023/24 season, to test a number of potential changes, as announced on the official KNVB website.
Among this changes, throw-ins are set to be done with the feet, players sent temporarily out after receiving a yellow card, and unlimited substitutions.
However, the biggest of changes will be done around the way the time is kept in the game. There will be two halves of 30 minutes, instead of 45, and these are to be played on a pure-time. This means the clock will stop every time the ball is not in play, much like it does in other sports like basketball, an idea originally proposed by former referee Pierluigi Collina.
With these changes the KNVB, hopes the game will become "faster, sportier, fairer and more attractive". While they're bound to upset purists about the game, one must always remain with the head open to changes, and most importantly remember that none of this is set in stone and would still need to be reviewed and approved by FIFA and IFAB.
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