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The potential Premier League rule change which will impact Man Utd and Man City

Football’s lawmakers are considering introducing this change to the game.

A potential new rule change that would impact Manchester United and Manchester City has been discussed by football’s lawmakers on Monday.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) conducted their annual general meeting in Doha earlier this week.

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They discussed the possibility of introducing kick-ins but there were no talks about trialling this anytime soon.

Arsene Wenger, who is Fifa’s head of global development and former manager of Arsenal, was the one to suggest the idea with several others last year, according to BBC Sport.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been an advocate of the idea. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico - Pool/Getty Images)

"Proposals were made to test kick-ins," said Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

"While we may be a bit sceptical on some of these measures... if some proposals are there to help the game, we will not know it before we look into it, so we will look into these proposals as well."

The change wouldn’t be the first time kick-ins have been used in football with the method being removed in 1863, while throw-ins have been part of the game since the 1860s.

Wenger claimed the reason behind the proposed law change last year is because throw-ins and free-kicks are "two big time-wasters at the moment".

Newcastle United have been credited with interest in Manchester City defender Nathan Ake.

The Frenchman added: "The target is to make the game more spectacular and quicker, and maybe with throw-ins you could play with your feet, in a limit of five seconds for example.

"But it has to be tested and then has to be accepted by the Ifab."

If the new rule was introduced then there is no clarification as to how far an individual can pass the ball to a teammate or whether they can do so to someone who is in an offside position like with a throw-in.

If a kick-in did follow the same principles as a throw-in, then a player taking the method would also be unable to score directly from the kick-in.