KNVB through the dust: test with new rules in the First Division does not appear to be an issue NOW

There is no question that the KNVB will experiment with new rules in the Kitchen Champion Division. That is what director of professional football Marianne van Leeuwen says to the news agency on Wednesday AP

Jan Dirk van der Zee, director of amateur football, wrote in his column on the site of the association that the KNVB is thinking of a pilot in the 2023/2024 season in the Kitchen Champion Division.

This would involve the following proposals: throwing in becomes kicking in, dribbling on a free kick, a time penalty of five minutes instead of a yellow card, unlimited substitutions and two times thirty minutes of pure playing time. There are experiments in amateur football.

“It is a pity that the image has arisen that the KNVB just comes up with something. We never do anything without consultation with the clubs,” says Van Leeuwen, who has contacted the clubs in the Kitchen Champion Division.

“I stand for an open relationship and especially good cooperation with the clubs. I immediately informed the clubs in an email that this is not the case at all. I am really disappointed about this. Fortunately, they respond understandingly.”

Jan Dirk van der Zee appears to have spoken out of turn.


Jan Dirk van der Zee appears to have spoken out of turn.

Jan Dirk van der Zee appears to have spoken out of turn.

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Van der Zee apologizes

Van der Zee has since apologized for the way it went, according to a letter sent by Van Leeuwen to the clubs that was sent to the club. AP is known.

Van Leeuwen considers it a good thing that people are thinking about the football of the future. “In the field of innovation, the KNVB has always been a forerunner in the world,” she says.

“In amateur football we are already trying out new things. Of course we are thinking about how we can keep football attractive in the longer term and what innovations are appropriate.”

The KNVB has been testing the rule changes since 2017 in amateur football and in tournament form at promising teams of professional clubs. The changes should make the game “faster, sportier, fairer and more attractive”.

This is how the KNVB explained the rule changes

  • Throwing in becomes kicking in: if the ball has crossed the sideline, you can now shoot it in or dribble in. The same applies to the kick-off, a corner kick and goal kick – all actions that take at least fifteen minutes of playing time in a match in the current set-up.
  • Dribbling on a free kick: on average almost 11 percent of the playing time per game is lost on taking free kicks. Those interruptions take the speed out of the game, but also feed one of the biggest annoyances for spectators and players: time wasting. This is largely avoided with the self-pass, which allows you to dribble immediately as soon as the ball has been stopped by the ref.
  • Time penalty: Another major annoyance in football is the hassle of yellow and red cards. Yellow has an image problem, because you now take the first card for granted, because of the lack of a direct consequence. With the five-minute penalty, that is a thing of the past.
  • Unlimited substitutions: This measure also provides more speed and spectacle, because you can change players without limitation with so-called ‘flying substitutions’. This means that the game will no longer be stopped.
  • Pure playing time: in 2020, an average Champions League match consisted of just under sixty minutes of pure playing time. With these new rules, football matches are shortened to two times thirty minutes.