New Law Expected In EPL Next Season As The English FA Look To Adopt FIFA’s Approach At The World Cup
Written By Onyeka Daniel
It looks like we will be in for some exciting times in the English Premier League for the future as new laws are expected to be pushed through by the English FA to help make the game safe and fair for all.
After reports that a new regulation on the ownership and running of a club is to be introduced, the issue of time wasting could become a thing of the past as early as next season as the FA looks to implement FIFA’s rule book at the just concluded World Cup in Qatar.
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The Premier League could be set for matches that exceed over 100 minutes, as IFAB look to adopt a similar approach to time-keeping that was seen at the FIFA tournament last year.
In Qatar, 43 out of the 64 matches broke the 100-minute barrier. With England’s clash against Iran being the longest game of the tournament, reaching a staggering 117 minutes. At the World Cup, referees had looked to clamp down on time-wasting, causing the average match time to be 102 minutes.
Matches in Qatar were four minutes longer than they were at the 2018 World Cup, and five minutes longer than Euro 2020 clashes. According to The Times, Premier League officials have been asked to add more added time onto games next season. Speaking at IFAB’s annual meeting, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said:
“We want to fight against time-wasting, we want the fans to enjoy the game, we have seen at the last World Cup on average we had a bit more than ten minutes additional time, and around 60 minutes of effective time being played.
“It has been widely appreciated by everyone and the laws of the game are universal and we have to make sure they are universally implemented.”
“We have seen a very inconsistent application of these laws of the game when it comes to time-wasting, and some leagues have matches lasting less than 50 minutes, and others have around 60 minutes now. “We will monitor leagues all over the world. But we are not changing the laws of the game, and there will be no stoppage clock.” He further added.
Arsenal have reportedly taken the lead in the race for West Ham midfielder, Declan Rice, jumping ahead of Manchester United. The England midfielder has been linked with a move since last year summer transfer window, but a move failed to materialize.
Partly because the Hammers were refusing to negotiate with interested clubs and probably because no club was willing to meet his over €100 million price tag. His current deal doesn’t expire until 2024 and there’s a club option for an extra 12 months.
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However, the central midfielder has already rejected three extensions and there appears no sense delaying the inevitable. This could finally force the hand of club to sell as they risk keeping the player against his will and losing him for free when his contract expires.
With the option of bringing in huge profit from his sales, which can be used to strengthen the team further, a move in the summer seems more likely and Arsenal will be ready to pounce after they failed in their bid to sign Brighton midfielder, Moises Caicedo during the January transfer window.
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