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IFAB to discuss 60-minute football matches

IFAB to discuss 60-minute football matches

By: SportBusiness International team

19 Jun 2017
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The International Football Association Board, the sport’s rule-making body, will discuss proposals to switch to 60-minute games and stop the clock when the ball is not in play.

The proposals have been included in a five-year strategy document called ‘Play Fair’ that has been designed to enhance the appeal of the sport.

The IFAB acknowledged that the plan to schedule games of two 30-minute halves would be a particularly “radical change.” However, such a switch would minimise the incentive for time-wasting, the board added, with a stadium clock allowing spectators to see how much longer there is in the game – as is the case currently with rugby league and union.

An alternative suggestion by the IFAB would see referees stop their watch as play pauses in the final five minutes of the first half and 10 minutes of the second half.

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