knvb beker – The KNVB plans to test in the 2023/2024 season with new rules in the Kitchen Champion Division. The football association is busy lobbying to get the pilot through, writes director of amateur football Jan Dirk van der Zee in a column.
In consultation with the international rules committee IFAB, the KNVB wants to experiment with five adjustments: throwing in becomes kicking, dribbling at a free kick, a time penalty of five minutes instead of a yellow card, unlimited changes and pure playing time of two times thirty minutes.
“If you come into football with these kinds of ideas and want to innovate, then you have to deal with two types of fans: the football romantic, who prefers to leave everything as it is and is guided by nostalgia and sentiment, and the football fan, who is open to changes to make the game more attractive and fairer,” writes Van der Zee.
Gijs de Jong and Sjors Brouwer of the KNVB recently updated UEFA and FIFA about the rule changes. According to Van der Zee, it is not yet a foregone conclusion that the pilot can start in 2023 in the Kitchen Champion Division.
“Especially the football romantic is recognizable in UEFA and FIFA, which is known to have the tendency to go with the heels in the sand when changes,” writes the director. “That is why there will still have to be a lot of lobbying before the pilot in the Kitchen Champion Division can start.”
The KNVB has been testing the rule changes since 2017 in amateur football and in tournament form with promise teams of professional clubs.
According to the association, the changes should make the game “faster, sportier, fairer and more attractive”.
This is how the KNVB explains the rule changes
- Throwing in is kicking in: If the ball is over the sideline, you can now shoot it in or dribble it in. The same applies to kick-off, a corner kick and goal kick – all actions that take at least fifteen minutes of playing time in a match in the current set-up.
- Dribbling at a free kick: On average, nearly 11 percent of the playing time is lost per game to taking free kicks. These interruptions take the speed out of the game, but also feed one of the biggest annoyances of spectators and players: stretching time. That is largely avoided with the self-pass, with which you can immediately dribble through as soon as the ball has been stopped by the referee.
- Time penalty: Another major annoyance in football is the hassle of yellow and red cards. Yellow has an image problem, because you now take the first card for granted, due to the lack of a direct consequence. With the five-minute penalty, that is a thing of the past.
- Unlimited switching: This measure also provides more speed and spectacle, because you can change unlimited players with so-called ‘flying switches’, which means that the game is no longer stopped.
- Pure playing time: In 2020, an average Champions League match consisted of a mere sixty minutes of pure playing time. With these new rules, football matches are shortened to two times thirty minutes.
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