Football: Rule-makers to propose end of EPL time-wasting substitutions

Manchester United's manager David Moyes (left) with Wayne Rooney, who is going on the pitch as a substitute against Swansea City, during their EPL match at Liberty Stadium, Swansea, on Aug 17, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Football's rule-makers are keen to clamp down on time-wasting tactics, with a ban on injury-time substitutions one of the areas being considered to increase the actual playing time during matches, the Times reported on Friday (Oct 26).

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has observed that in a quarter of English Premier League (EPL) matches, changes are being made after 90 minutes.

The new proposals could be discussed by the IFAB as soon as next month in preparation for their annual meeting in March.

"Looking at ways to cut down on time-wasting, speed up the game and increase playing time is one of our priorities," an IFAB member told the Times.

"A rule to say there should be no substitutions during added-on time is an interesting one and could work well. Referees add on 30 seconds for a substitution but in practice it can eat up a lot more time than that.

"There would, however, need to be trials to see if there are any unforeseen ramifications." The discussions come after fresh numbers revealed a worrying lack of playing time per match.

The average playing time for a Premier League match is 55 minutes and nine seconds this season, while Cardiff City's clash against Burnley saw just over 42 minutes of game time.

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