Thursday 23 February 2017

Have your say: 'One-handpass' rule would save football

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

'Football's major problem is the blanket defence, whose entire existence is predicated on multiple handpassing'
'Football's major problem is the blanket defence, whose entire existence is predicated on multiple handpassing'

Having just read Joe Brolly's column 'The Clonoe Conundrum', I'm delighted someone is trying to address the malaise that is modern football. However, I must disagree with the majority of his submissions and feel the solution may be simplicity itself, with the reintroduction of football to the game of football.

Football's major problem is the blanket defence, whose entire existence is predicated on multiple handpassing. Blanket defences are a direct consequence of the unearthing in the last decade of a lesser-spotted version of the old handpass rule.

This mutant is the game we have today. Therefore a solution can only be found in a re-interpretation of that rule. A migration to a one-handpass rule, whereby a player receiving a handpass cannot give one, appears to be the simple solution.

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