FIFA, the governing body of world football, has announced that it will introduce new rules regarding the additional time given in each half of a game. This new rule will affect the time spent by players celebrating after scoring a goal. The time spent during the celebrations will now be added to extra time.
The decision comes as a response to the increasing trend of very long drawn-out celebrations, which have often delayed football and disrupted the flow of matches. FIFA officials believe that excessive celebrations have been negatively impacting the overall experience for both players and fans.
“In other words, not to allow those parties that are held on the pitch and that go beyond a minute or a minute and a half. The world of football needs fewer time-outs and FIFA is concerned about this,” Marca wrote.
Another major change in the offside rule is currently being discussed as former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pitched the idea of allowing the striker to be ahead of the defender, as long as he keeps a part of his body in contact with which he can score a goal in line with the last defender. The pitch is currently under review and there is no official decision on either of the rule changes yet.