10 Rule Changes from FIFA That Would Make World Football Better

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10 Rule Changes from FIFA That Would Make World Football Better
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Yes, we love the beautiful game. Unreservedly. We call out sick for it, we sacrifice our weekends to it and we willingly worship at the alter of the world's greatest sporting passion. Our moods shift with the fortunes of our teams, and we revel in fantastic performances from the likes of Messi and Van Persie as if their abilities are tethered to our souls. 

But that doesn't mean the game is perfect. We accept the flaws built into it because we really have no other choice. With a tweak here or there, however, could it be a little better? Could a rule change or two actually make the game more enjoyable? 

There was a time before the card system. There was a time before substitutions. Maybe it's time to consider altering the game just a little. Subtly. Evolution, not revolution.

Suggestions for changes to the sport range from additional substitutes to sin bins and to scrapping the penalty shootout. Not all of them would benefit the game, but some are definitely worth further consideration.

If it's possible to improve the game, these 10 suggestions are a start. Note that many presented here are only conceptual, representing possible changes that would require testing and refining before they could, or should, be instituted. 

Keep in mind that any changes to the Laws of the Game require the approval of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), in which FIFA is just one of six voting members. 

I'm a traditionalist by nature, but several of these 10 rules changes that could improve world football are very intriguing. 

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