Trials to shorten football matches to just 60 minutes could begin this month and spark radical rule changes

RADICAL plans are in place to trial 60-minute football matches.

And the first hour-long games could take place THIS MONTH.

According to the I, the Portuguese Football Federation want to use the new format for the U23 Revelation Cup.

Each half would be 30 minutes in, but actual 'game time' would not be affected.

This is because the clock would only run when the ball was in play.

This kind of system is currently used in rugby.

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But there is still one major obstacle to overcome – the green light from the International Football Association Board [IFAB].

They are responsible for implementing and overseeing the rules of the Beautiful Game.

Reportedly they are yet to even discuss the proposals let alone allowed the trial to take place.

Research carried out by the CIES Football Observatory discovered that in 90-minute games, the ball was in play for just under 60 minutes.

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This was from games in 36 leagues across Europe from the start of the 2018-19 season.

The Premier League average for in-play football was 60mins 59secs, placing them ninth of the 36 leagues studied.

The Eredivisie of Holland was top at 63mins 21secs with the German Bundesliga bottom on 58mins 46secs.

Fifa were forced to deny there were talks to extend games to 100 minutes for this summer's World Cup.

Corriere dello Sport carried the story, but Fifa released a statement that"there will be no changes to the rules regarding the length of football matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 or any other competition".

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