Saturday 17 March 2018

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

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

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.

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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