Like all sports, soccer is not exempt from regulatory changes. In recent years, the arrival of the VAR has been an important innovation in the refereeing aspect, and as regards the game, the last major modification occurred in 1992 when goalkeepers were prevented from grasping the ball with their hand after passing from a partner. Now, the most popular sport on the planet could be on the verge of revolutionary new variants.
These days The Future Cup is being held in Europe, a friendly contest for Under 19 teams that FIFA often uses as a guinea pig to test new rules. This time there are five rules that have been changed in order to streamline and give dynamics to the game.
One of them is that the throw-in is done with the feet. Instead of using their hands, footballers must support the ball on the line and from there they can play with another teammate or even advance without the need to make a pass, something that gives the game more fluidity. The same happens with free kicks and corners. This way you don't waste so much time.
The third modification is related to the playing time. Instead of playing two 45-minute halves, there are two half-hour stages where the clock stops each time the game is interrupted. Thus, no team can resort to strategies such as feigning injuries or delaying the resumption more than necessary to gain minutes because the referees should not add anything.
On the other hand, yellow cards have an extra punishment: whoever receives one must leave the field for five minutes and then leave his team with 10 players. Obviously, whoever receives two yellow cards will be punished with expulsion. The latest regulatory innovation is that the changes are unlimited, just like in basketball, for example.
The technical directors thus have a greater influence on what happens on the pitch and this is possible thanks to the fact that the clock stops when the game is stopped, so that the entry and exit of footballers does not generate a loss of time. This year the U-19 teams from PSV, AZ, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge are participating in The Future Cup. Once the tournament is over, FIFA will analyze whether the regulatory changes have been positive and whether they can be implemented at the level. professional. If so, the next step would be to discuss it with the confederations and then make a formal request to the International Board for the changes to be made.