Football Lawmakers Weighing Up Big Rule Change To Combat Time-Wasting
Football lawmakers are looking to combat the issue of time-wasting in football and two ideas have been generated.
One which the International FA Board (Ifab) are discussing is to completely ban substitutions in stoppage time, given that managers often make changes in injury time in attempt to kill a bit of time and see the game out.
As per the BBC, the other proposal to be put forward to a panel next month is for players to vacate the field of play at the nearest boundary line. Currently, those being withdrawn leave via the technical area and can waste a whole lot of time in the process.
The Football lawmakers 'IFAB' are considering banning injury time substitutions in an attempt to stop time wasting. The average time the ball has been in play in Premier League matches this season is 55 minutes 9 seconds, with the lowest being 42 minutes (Cardiff vs. Burnley).- Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) October 26, 2018
Football's lawmakers could ban injury time substitutes in the PL.- City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) October 26, 2018
With the % of changes made in the 90th minute and beyond rising - from 21.3% in 2011/12 to 24.3% since 2017/18 - the IFAB are considering adjusting the rules in order to stop time-wasting. [The Times] pic.twitter.com/lTBCVxrqhj
Time-wasting has been part of the game for as long as we can remember, but it reached a new low a few weeks back during the dire game between Cardiff City and Burnley.
The two sides played out a less than enjoyable game live on Sky Sports at 4pm, with fewer than 450,000 viewers tuning in to see Burnley win 2-1.
Remarkably, the ball was in play for just 42 minutes 2 seconds, which is the shortest amount of time since Stoke and Aston Villa conjured up only 40 minutes and 50 seconds of actual action on the pitch back in their December 2013 clash.
During Cardiff vs Burnley, the ball was only in play for 42 minutes and 2 seconds - a five-year low for the Premier League.- bet365 (@bet365) October 2, 2018
More than eight minutes were spent waiting for Sean Morrison to take long throw-ins. pic.twitter.com/eXGpvfRmjG
Of the 90 minutes plus injury time at the Cardiff City team, 48 minutes was lost - with a good chunk of the delays and stoppages coming from Cardiff skipper Sean Morrison taking 20 throw ins and wasting a total of eight minutes.
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