FIFA’s Chief Head of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger has revealed that he intends to replace throw-ins with ‘kick-ins‘ as he looks to shake up the rules of the round leather game.
The former Arsenal boss is looking forward to stage a revolution in football by eradicating the throw-in rule in other to allow players to KICK the ball back into play.
Wenger also wants to make changes to the offside rule to benefit attacking players.
WENGER’S RULE CHANGES
Throw-ins – Teams should be able to kick the ball back into play instead of throwing it back in, if they are inside their own half.
Offside – An attacker would not be offside if any part of their body with which they are allowed to score, such as a foot, head or shoulder, is in line with the penultimate defender.
Corners – Kicks which curve out of play and then back in again should be permitted.
Free-kicks – Players should be able to touch the ball to themselves to restart play, not be forced to pass to a team-mate.
The French man believes that it’s always a disadvantage to the attacking team late in the game and that’s why he’s proposing the introduction of kick-ins.
”I would like to change the throw-in rule: five minutes before the end, a throw-in for you should be an advantage, but in these situations you are facing 10 outfield players in play, whilst you only have nine,” Wenger told L’Equipe.
”Stats show that in eight out of 10 of those throw-in situations, you lose the ball.
”In your half of the pitch, you should have the possibility to take a kick instead.’‘
He also torch lighted his desire to change the offside rule, he said: ”For the moment, you are offside if a part of your body that you can score with sits ahead of the body of a defender.
”I would like it to be that there is no offside so long as a (single) body part which a player can score with is in line with the defender.
”This could be too much of an advantage for an attacker, because that obliges the defenders to play higher up.’‘
Wenger also wants to change the set-pieces, including free kicks a player can touch more than once and allowing corners to go out of play behind the goal before coming back onto the field.
”We are also considering other things: a corner that goes out of play and comes back in could be made valid, this would create new goal scoring opportunities,” Wenger added.
“There is also the option of quickly playing a free-kick to yourself.’‘
Wenger’s proposed changes are seen to favor the attacking side.