International Football Association Board AGM to Meet in Cardiff

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New FIFA President, Gianni Infantino

The International Football Association Board will hold it’s 130th Annual General Meeting, in Cardiff, between the 4th and 6th March 2016.

There is no question that the upcoming meeting of the body responsible for law changes will be very important to the future of our game.

The voting process is very much in favour of FIFA and this will be the first meeting for the new president Gianni Infantino who will certainly have to get to grips with some major issues, which of course go to the vote.

FIFA (4 VOTES)
The Football Association (1 vote)
Scottish Football Association (1 vote)
Football Association of Wales (1 vote)
Irish Football Association (1 vote)

The agenda is certainly a full one with various topics up for consideration.

– The use of video technology to aid the referee decision-making process. Here I expect the IFAB to agree to allow specific competitions to operate an experiment and then to feed back the detailed technical results. I do hope that Major League Soccer will be allowed to assist in this experiment.

– Denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity. The discussion centres around triple jeopardy with regard to this offence. The playing side would like to see the removal of the red card for DOGSO when the offence takes place in the penalty area.

– Sin Bins. I would certainly like to see more information on how these will operate and fear that it may lead to weak refereeing if introduced.

– Introduction of a fourth substitute

– IFAB will receive a report on the introduction of the FIFA Quality Programme on electronic tracking systems

– Unsporting behaviour of players and coaches on and off the field of play.

Finally another important topic will be the comprehensive revision of the Laws of the Game in terms of structure, layout, terminology, phrasing and consistency.

The aim of the revision is to increase the universality and acceptance of the Laws by making them easier to understand and interpret. The new format is expected to be included in the 2016/2017 editions, subject to approval at this board meeting.

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