In the recently concluded IFAB meeting in London, FIFA is considering a possible change to reduce time wasting by stopping the clock during a match. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed this idea to curtail the wastage of time in modern football.
But these changes will not be implemented till the 2023-24 club season. FIFA will is also set to bring change to goal celebrations where players won’t be allowed to celebrate on the pitch for more than a minute or a minute and a half.
FIFA could also bring changes to the offside rule which could potentially benefit strikers. These changes have also been discussed in previous IFAB meetings. Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s director of football development has supported the change which would allow the striker to be ahead of the defender but with part of his body in line. This proposal is currently under review.
The new offside rule states that when a player gets the ball from an opponent who intentionally played it, they will not be offside. This applies when the player has controlled the ball and has the option to pass it to a teammate, gain possession, or clear it.
The following factors can be used as indicators that a player had control of the ball and intentionally played it:
The player had a clear view of the ball, which came from a distance.
The ball was not moving quickly.
The ball’s direction was not unexpected.
The player had time to coordinate their body movement rather than instinctively stretching or jumping to make limited contact or control.
It is easier to play a ball that is moving on the ground than one in the air.
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