Possible introduction of kick-ins discussed by football’s lawmakers Ifab

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) held its annual general meeting in Doha on Monday.

In Summary

• Throw-ins have been used in football since the 1860s, when the Football Association removed the kick-in option in 1863.

• He added: “The target is to make the game more spectacular and quicker, and maybe with throw-ins you could play with your feet, in a limit of five seconds for example. But it has to be tested and then has to be accepted by the Ifab.”

Fifa’s head of global development Arsene Wenger
Fifa’s head of global development Arsene Wenger
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The possible introduction of kick-ins has been discussed at the latest meeting of football’s lawmaking body.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) held its annual general meeting in Doha on Monday.

And while the body said there were talks over kick-ins, there were no plans to trial them yet.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, head of global development for world governing body Fifa, included the idea among several new proposals last year.

Throw-ins have been used in football since the 1860s, when the Football Association removed the kick-in option in 1863.

Speaking last year, Wenger said throw-ins and free-kicks were the “two big time-wasters at the moment”.

He added: “The target is to make the game more spectacular and quicker, and maybe with throw-ins you could play with your feet, in a limit of five seconds for example. But it has to be tested and then has to be accepted by the Ifab.”