These changes have four main objectives:
- Feature a wider variety of playing styles
- More coverage for smaller teams/players
- Support the referees with technology, but not to burden them with any extra subjective decisions. Make some things simpler, give the attacking team more of the advantage
- Encourage new approaches to the game
It also accepts the World Cup is set apart from the rest of the football calendar; there should be no problem with it having some unique rules.
Increase WC to 64 teams:
16 groups of four
Six games per group = 96 games in the group stage. Six matches played most days (2 on opening day, 4 on last day of the group stage), no problem with matches played concurrently.
Knockout rounds of 32 – 16 – 8 – 4
Draw for knockout stages comes only after group stage is finished; top teams are seeded (1-8) by the number of goals scored in group stage, top seed gets to chose which runner up it prefers. Seed 1 plays 8 in the next round (2v7, 3v6, 4-5).
Why: more teams, more good & bad, more opportunity for small countries to progress. May make it easier for ‘top’ teams to qualify, therefore allowing more time/scope to develop new systems. Group games can be played in smaller venues. Seeded draw makes for more TV drama, and rewards goalscoring
Group stage points:
1pt for draw, 2pt for win by more than one goal, 3pt for win by 2+ goals
Why: creates more risk/reward
Teams reduced by one man if drawing after 90mins. Opposition managers to choose which outfield player to be removed; reduced by a further player after first period of extra time. Then penalties
Why: creates more space, throws up new tactical options
To be used if the ball has crossed the line. Play to carry on as normal, but brought to a halt by 4th referee (off field, watching the video replay) if evidence says ball was in.
Offside: microchips in shoes (& ball) should be able to detect real-time position of players; player onside if his foot is behind the foot of the last man. Again, play until off-field ref says its off (should be <1 style="font-weight: bold;">Scrap the 6-yard box:
keeper takes kick from the line between his posts
Why: limits distance of these kicks
players can take from anywhere within 5 yards of where foul was committed – but no nearer the goal.
Why: may help create better shooting angle for attacking team
Throw-ins taken one handed:
Why: speeds it up, allows option of longer distance throws
Use a proper football
Official ball to in use, worldwide, for full season prior to event. Silly to have the event undermined like Jubilano 2010