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SFA to meet with FIFA about radical changes to laws of the game


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17:12, 2 MAR 2017

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A series of rules changes will be discussed by the SFA and others at Wembley

An SFA delegation including Stewart Regan, Alan McRae and Rod Petrie will take part in the International Football Association Board AGM to debate the game's rules.

The SFA are set to be involved in a discussion about potential radical changes to the laws of the game.

A delegation which includes SFA chief executive Stewart Regan, president Alan McRae and vice-president Rod Petrie will travel to Wembley on Friday where the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will debate possible amendments to the current rules governing football.

One of the big topics which will be covered is the potential for individual national associations to the ability to modify the rules of the game below the highest organised level.

SFA chief exec Stewart Regan will take part in the talks. This means the size of the field of play, weight and size of the ball, size of the goalposts, duration of the match and maximum number of substitutes could be at the discretion of member associations such as the SFA outside of their professional league setup.

The parties attending the meeting will also debate the success of the additional fourth substitute, which has been trialled for the first time in the Scottish Cup this year.

All home nations will be represented in the talks at Wembley

SFA chief executive Stewart Regansaid: “I’m looking forward to discussing modifications to the Laws of the Game, which could have huge benefits for the grassroots game in particular.

“It has potential to encourage participation, removing unfair aspects of the game or barriers. Allowing smaller dimensioned pitches, for example, could encourage people to play football later into their lives, allowing them stay fitter and healthier for longer.”

The IFAB is a committee comprising of the four home nations (Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and FIFA which meets to evaluate and analyse the fundamental laws of the sport.

I hear the three stooges have a proposal that FIFA move from the use of goals to putting jumpers down.

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SFA already apply their own unique rules in Scottish football.

Remember the unfair punishments we suffered highlighted especially by the specific difference in the punishment us and Hearts got for similar "crimes" regarding financial irregularities etc, plus the recent rigging of emergency loans, and refusal to look at state aid and child abuse at cellic park......could go on and on.....


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