First of all, I'm a soccer lover and a traditionalist. I think the game is great. But it should keep up with the times and its pace of rule changes is just too slow. I agree with almost all the changes in the last 50 years many of which have been more about referees interpretations of rules than fundamental rule changes.
The changes have been (as I can think of them):
- a minor tweek to how kickoffs work
- Tightening of rules on fouls, professional fouls, and faking fouls
- Limited use of video playback for referrees
- The card system got tweeked a few times
- Offsides now only counts if they are involved in the play. Also, the tie now goes to the offense
- A limit to when passes back to the goalie can be picked up. And how goalies can move with the ball once they catch it.
- The shootout for tie breaking and an additional player during the overtime (it use to be that ties were resolved by extensive OT or who had the most penalty kicks or by replaying the game. Rule changed in 1978 I think)
What if we outlawed all passbacks to the keeper from outside the penalty box?