originally posted by: alldaylong
a reply to: skalla
Also the home countries have 4 of the 8 votes on the International Football Association Board. This is the body that makes the rules and any rule
changes for the game. If we became a U.K. team we would only have 1 vote.
I did a whole thread on the corruption that exists in FIFA
. The problem is when you
talk to people about it everyone agrees but says "What can you do though?"
Similarly. although the UK joins a permanent Vice-Presidency with a balance of power on the IFAB we are reluctant to take any action for reforms for
fear of losing those very privileges. Dark forces exist in the background dying to wipe out our four national associations.
However since WWII what rule changes have the IFAB seen over?
* The offside law was tweaked to say if you are in line you are onside and passive players in a phase of play would not be deemed offside.
* Denying a clear goal scoring opportunity or a fierce tackle from behind is now a sending off offence.
* The back-pass law as it is known was introduced but goalkeepers are allowed to take as many steps as they like within their penalty box whilst
holding the ball.
Other laws that seemed to vanish without trace
* The goalkeeper should release the ball within 6 seconds - totally ignored.
* If a defensive player refuses to retreat at a free kick to the required distance then the free kick is moved 10 metres further forward - This
happened about 5 times and as referees seemed so reluctant to enforce it was quietly dropped Instead they were given a can of shaving foam. I hope it
was the best a man can get.
There have been a few changes to how those rules are observed but other than the back pass rule very little has changed in 70 years. So what really is
the point of hanging on to our precious seats on the board unless you are interested in riding the FIFA gravy train?
I used to be against it but now I think maybe it's time we had a proper UK Premier League and structure below that going to regional leagues lower
down. It will never happen though because of vested interests.
But anyway back to fun stuff rather than the boring stuff.
I met Denis Law once whilst he was still playing, got his autograph too when I was about 4 . Really nice bloke talked to my dad for ages about the
game and definitely one who'd have made a UK team back in the day. Danny McGrain is another steely Scotsman I remember from later in that era along
with Martin Buchan. I would have to add Strachan in there as well and Archie Gemmill just for a magic moment in Argentina.
Terry Yorath would have probably made that team as well (another of the dirty Leeds team of the 70s!) Leighton James and John Toshack are other
Welshmen who spring to mind.
As for Norn Iron that 1982 World Cup squad with the likes of Hamilton, Armstrong, Mcreery, Nicholl, McIlroy and Nelson were one plucky side. O'Neill
and Jennings were there too in perhaps Ulster's finest hour when they beat Spain.
I'll leave the English lads alone as I fear I've gone on far too long.
edit on 25/6/14 by mirageman because: edits