Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli is the latest big voice in European football to call for a drastic rule change to try and make the sport more exciting for viewers
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has claimed that football should adopt a backcourt violation rule similar to that seen in the National Basketball Association in a bid to try and make the game more exciting for spectators.
The Rossoneri boss has explained how the rule change could encourage more attacking from teams if they were unable to spend large amount of time passing the ball around between their defenders and goalkeeper.
Pioli claimed: “If we want to see more attacking football in the modern game, bring in a rule where you can’t go back into your own half once you’ve crossed the halfway line.”
The 55-year-old also had a suggestion for how match officials should keep time, explaining: “If I had my way the clock would stop when the ball goes out of play and I’d bring in a time-out in the first half.”
This may stem from the fact that eyebrows were raised when it was discovered that during the recent clash against Juventus – the ball was in play for just 48 of the 95 minutes contested.
Pioli’s side have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season in which they are yet to experience defeat, winning four and drawing one of their opening five games.
However, they have scored the least amount of goals from the top four sides in Serie A, notching ten as they sit third in the table.
The Milan head coach’s comments come just a week after Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann also called for a rewriting of the rules, also using an American sport as a reference point.
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The Bayern boss argued football could draw “an incredible amount” of inspiration from the NFL, after claiming that players should have microphone on their shirt to allow for better communication with teammates and staff – such as the quarterback’s microphone in American football.
Nagelsmann explained that an avenue for dialogue between those on the pitch and those on the bench is something “that we absolutely need in soccer, ideally with a connection back so that the player can communicate with the coaches.
“You have to blaze a trail and say, ‘But we want that! We want something in the jersey so that the players and coaches can communicate!’”