‘Kicks’ could replace throw-ins with lawsuit discussed for Arsene Wenger’s idea


Football lawmakers have agreed to allow tries to replace Arsene Wenger’s proposed throw-ins with throw-ins.

In a series of endorsements at its annual general meeting in Doha on Monday, the International Football Association Board (Ifab) also confirmed plans to test reducing matches from 90 minutes to 60 minutes – with the clock only running when the ball is in play.

Other planned trials include referees wearing body cameras in adult grassroots football, some refereeing decisions being explained during a game and a low-tech video review system for competitions unable to afford video assistant referees.

Wenger, Fifa’s head of global development and former Arsenal manager, first proposed that throw-ins be replaced with throw-ins almost two years ago.

Unofficial testing was carried out last year by the Dutch Football Association, whose formal testing proposals were approved by Ifab.

Protocols will now be established for such tries, although it remained to be seen whether they would involve replacing all throw-ins with kicks or, as Wenger suggested, only those from the defensive half.

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Confirming Ifab’s approval of the trials, Fifa President Gianni Infantino said: “We may be a bit skeptical about some of these measures, but Ifab is open to considering any proposal made.”

Wenger sought to justify the introduction of kicks at an event for the Twinning Project at the London Palladium in November.

He said: “There are two big time wasters at the moment, namely throw-ins and free-kicks, and a bit of goal kicks too because when you are now playing in the box. The goal is to make the game more spectacular and faster, and maybe with throw-ins you could play with your feet, but within a five-second limit for example, things like that.

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“But it has to be tested and then accepted by the Ifab. So we look at a lot of things, but there’s not much you can change anymore.

“It is important that we make the game faster. The younger generations are less patient and we see it with their habits from 12 to 18 years old. They don’t go there anymore and put on the TV and watch 90 minutes of football. Everything happens over the phone. So we may have to adapt.

Kick-ins would not be the first proposal Wenger made in October 2020 to be tested, with tests underway to incorporate the concept of daylight between players into the offside law.

The Ifab AGM, postponed from March following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ratified the permanent adoption of five alternates into the Laws of the Game, with the restriction of three alternate places plus half-time. The members also decided to increase the maximum number of named substitutes listed on a team roster from 12 to 15 at the discretion of the competition organizer.

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If passed at this year’s World Cup, it would mean Gareth Southgate could call on any of the 26 players in the England squad, rather than having to omit three each day from game, which he says had a bad effect on morale during last year’s Europe. Championship.

The Ifab AGM also included an update on semi-automated offside technology, with Fifa confident it will then be ready for Qatar 2022.

The technology, which will detect offside in seconds, uses automated ball detection and instantly creates three-dimensional models of a player’s position.



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