Kev59 wrote:Outfield players will also be able to receive the ball in the penalty box from a goal kick.
So the goalie takes a short goal kick to a defender in the penalty area but presumably no attackers can touch the ball until it's outside the penalty area.
Not only is that the effectively allowing the goal kick to be taken anywhere in the 18 yard box, or even dribbled out, but there's a whole new opportunity to time waste. Supposing the defender just stands over the ball without touching it for a couple of minutes?
I'm not sure about increasing subs.
And I don't see the need for players to fully remove their tops.
Rather than for ball out of play decisions, I've been wondering about technology for offside decisions. Is the ball chipped for the goaline technology? Players are certainly tracked all game, surely it wouldn't be a big step standardise the placement of tracking technology on all players (ie, in the collar at the back of the neck or waist band). All players could then be monitored for offside decisions, even all players in offside positions being highlighted, leaving just the instance the ball was played to be determined by human means. I know the positioning of the tags means that player positions aren't going to be perfectly accurate, but they will be consistent and close enough to be practical.
I agree yellow cards for appropriate offences should be consistently enforced - especially when they are cards for poor behaviour / sportsmanship.
And I don't agree with yellow cards being expunged after x games - although there could perhaps be an appeal system for clearly wrongly awarded cards.
In fact, I'd like to see red cards for intentional offences, but that won't happen.
Substitutes and injuries should leave the pitch directly by the shortest route, and I'd like to see a stretcher sent on immediately whenever the trainer needs to go on the pitch.
It's a bit tricky how long to keep a player off for though, as that punishes genuinely injured players too. Perhaps, if the injury wasn't the result of an awarded foul.