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Colm O'Rourke: Radical rules overhaul must begin with the handpass

Major surgery is needed in football, says Colm O'Rourke, who outlines what needs to be done

Published 30/10/2011 | 05:00

The announcement recently of a new rules committee to make recommendations for next year gave me a little hope that maybe, just maybe, enough people were beginning to realise that the game of football needs urgent and radical overhaul.

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However, when Páraic Duffy said that we should not expect anything too dramatic, it filled me with a sense of foreboding because to me there is no point in having a look at the way things are going without being able to implement root and branch reform.

The starting point for looking at any game is having a vision of what sort of game you want it to be. By then moving from general principles to specific change, there is a chance of it actually working. On the other hand, if you start tinkering with rules without a concept of what you want to achieve, the likely result is a mess. This is what happens in most committees which end up as mules or mongrels -- a cross between everything but no overall philosophy.

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