Soccer rules panel to test ideas for change

By Kirstin Buick
13 January 2014

FIFA has given football's rule-making panel the freedom and budget to test new ideas before deciding on changes.

Members of the International Football Association Board, comprising FIFA and the four British federations, say they will use their new independence to be pro-active.

Wales football association chief executive Jonathan Ford says "we will have the opportunity to test and pilot different programs."

UEFA President Michel Platini has suggested players could be removed from the field for 10-15 minutes for some offenses instead of receiving a yellow card.

Platini previously joined calls for IFAB to become more open and transparent in FIFA's recent modernizing reforms.

The panel will appoint football and technical advisory groups in March at its annual meeting to update the laws of the game.

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