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Buddy Posted on 14/01/2018 10:56
Interesting ideas on timekeeping in football
 
 
I'd be pretty happy with the second option here, combined with the stadium clock thing, and one further point - not ending play until the ball's dead.

Link: IFAB
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Anton_Berg Posted on 14/01/2018 11:03

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For the PL, expense is not an excuse for rejecting the idea of a clock and extra official.
Re the ball going dead after time, you can already see it in practice in RU/RL, so it would be easy to decide if you want it or not.
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bear66 Posted on 14/01/2018 11:03

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I've seen quite low figures for ball in play for football matches. Link below shows 44 to 66 minutes in the 2011 Premier League. Rugby has instances where the clock is stopped (injuries and penalties). If injuries and free kicks were just used, it would be interesting the length of extra time. Also waiting till the ball goes dead would certainly add to the excitement. Neither of these things have made rugby a poorer spectacle.
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Jan_Aage_Fjortoft Posted on 14/01/2018 11:24
Edited On: 14/01/2018 11:28
Interesting ideas on timekeeping in football

 
I've been wanting the stop clock thing for ages but it won't punish the biggest problem for me when it comes to time wasting - goalkeepers holding onto the ball.

Nearly everytime the goalkeeper picks up the ball he retains it a lot longer than allowed. Sometimes it's getting on for about 20 seconds and yet the refs never do anything about it.

Back to the 60 min game idea - people often speculate that TV companies would be against it because it is harder to judge the length of a game. At the moment unless there is a big injury you only need to allow an extra couple of minutes to the alloated time when estimating the length of a match. With a stop clock it becomes more like American sports where the length of an individual game can differ significantly which would cause problems with scheduling. With TV companies possessing such a big influence they'll be the biggest resistance to the idea being being implemented.
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Chappy112 Posted on 14/01/2018 11:25

Interesting ideas on timekeeping in football

 
I've felt we've needed to move on to stopping the clock when the ball is out of play for a while now. Just seems a fair way to do it and then you stop a lot of moaning about time wasting or complaining that there wasn't enough added time. Add to that the ball having to go out of play at the end of the game and then people can't have a go about the precise second the ref blew for full time.

No doubt some will say "why are we trying to be American" or something similar.
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Buddy Posted on 14/01/2018 11:32

Interesting ideas on timekeeping in football

 
Fulham were taking about 30 seconds over each goal kick yesterday.
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Jan_Aage_Fjortoft Posted on 14/01/2018 11:47
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That could be resolved by the stop clock. It's more when it's in the goalkeepers hands that annoys me. Especially when it's from a cross and the goalkeeper will make sure he falls to the floor just to waste some time. He'll get up slowly. Pretend to roll / throw it a few times to players then apologising for not doing it. Then he'll give them the signal to push forward. Wait a few more seconds. If the attackers dropped off he'll finally release the ball to the ground or kick it forward out of his hands. . Weren't goalkeepers only suppose to hold onto the ball for 5 seconds before they were punished?

I think we should all count out loud everytime the opposition goalkeeper has the ball in their hands to see if the ref gets the point. The last time I saw it punished was a few years ago in a Liverpool game.
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bear66 Posted on 14/01/2018 12:25

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6 seconds after 'gaining control'. The time lying on the floor whilst holding the ball seems to be ignored altogether.
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Buddy Posted on 14/01/2018 12:28

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Yep, absolutely right about the goalkeeper thing. As I always say, in a sporting context if rules are there they should be enforced, and if you don't want to enforce them get rid of them.
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Boro_since_74 Posted on 14/01/2018 12:51

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If we want the ball in play more, we could start by employing more ball boys. Contrast almost any premier league match without our matches and you can see the ball coming back to the players very rapidly.
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