According to Mundo Deportivo, trials are underway to implement four fundamental changes to the game of football.
Football fans are notoriously resistant to change, which was proven by the European Super League plans earlier in the year.
We can only imagine that some of the changes proposed in the article by Mundo Deportivo will not sit well with the bulk of the supporters.
The report details that PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge’s U19 sides are partaking in a tournament dubbed ‘Future of Football Cup’.
The four key changes are as follows, as is reported by the Spanish publication:
- Two 30 minute halves of football, stopping the game whenever the ball goes out of play, à la basketball.
- Unlimited substitutions, picture ‘roll on, roll off’ at Sunday League level.
- No more throw-ins, players will instead kick the ball in from the sidelines.
- Yellow cards to result in sin bins, offenders will have to sit out for five minutes.
Mundo Deportivo believe that FIFA will write up a full report of the changes and their positive/negative impacts at the end of the tournament before moving forward.
Regardless of what happens, this is a clear indication that the powers at be are ready and willing to make wholesale changes to football.
Here’s what some fans on Twitter have had to say on the matter…
Game clock stops when ball goes out is the only good one
— ?? (@FLX______) July 17, 2021
30 mins a half is awful
— akiii Majiiii (@AkiMaj275) July 17, 2021
What part of leave football alone do uefa, Fifa and anyone else not get
— Levy SZN ????????? (@hotspur1925) July 17, 2021
WTF is this?? Just bring back the Super League.
— Crni Labud (@CrniiiLabud) July 17, 2021
It’s not football anymore, they can add horses and lions to make players run faster if they want more fun ??
— Banks (@diallo_banks) July 17, 2021
Super league doesn’t sound bad now
— Don Murtough (@LordDanieI) July 17, 2021
This better be a terrible joke. If it’s not then they need to just stop right now
— Chris Irwin (@chrisirwin5) July 17, 2021