5 Suggested Rule Changes for Indian Super League (ISL)

By Rohit Ghosh

Rule Changes

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Football has always been a fan-favorite in India. With the Indian Super League (ISL), that fandom is only expected to increase exponentially. As we get closer to the start of the inaugural (ISL) season, here are five rule changes that the league can implement to modernize the game of football.

5. Substitutions

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5. Substitutions

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Current rules allow for just 3 substitutions in a football match. More importantly, once a player is subbed out, they aren't allowed back in. Why not increase the number of substitutes, or allow a player to return back? It would allow teams to actually use their bench depth, and the final minutes of the match won't be affected by fatigue.

4. Instant Replays

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4. Instant Replays

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup showed the value of technology, especially right at the goal line. The ISL must use the same technology to ensure no foul play in the league. Additionally, they can implement replays for different settings, including red cards to make sure no human errors affect the game. This may, however, require an extra referee watching the replays.

3. Clock Change

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3. Clock Change

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The most frustrating aspect of football, in terms of business, is the fact that it allows for very little television advertisements. Rather than two 45-minute periods, having three 30-minute periods would allow for more advertising and sponsorships to join in. While it does have the potential to disrupt the momentum of the game, a one to two minute break after the 30th and 60th minute mark shouldn't be too much of a problem.

2. Penalty Kicks

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2. Penalty Kicks

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Penalty kicks are taken from the 12-yard line, a distance that allows for a conversion rate of about 76 percent. While the pressure of the moment helps to play a part in the intensity of the situation, the truth is that penalty kicks are too easy for the kicker. To give the keeper just a bit more help, the line should be moved back to the 15-yard line.

1. Red Cards

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1. Red Cards

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The fact of the matter is that red and yellow cards are largely subjective. The perspective of the referee determines the consequence and we all know how wrong human error can go. Since yellow cards still keep the player in the game, the focus should be to qualify what results in a red card. The league must list out the situations and plays that most certainly warrant a red card - this way there is more clear communication from league to player.

Rohit Ghosh is a Senior Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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