Potential Premier League rule change that would impact Aston Villa and Wolves

Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers could be impacted by a potential new rule in the Premier League.

Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers could potentially see the introduction of kick-ins brought to the Premier League in the future.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) held its annual general meeting in Doha on Monday and discussed the possibility of bringing kick-ins to the English top tier - however, there is no plans to trial them as of yet.

It would be a huge change to what football fans have been used to in recent times, with throw-ins being used in football since the 1860s, while the Football Association removed the kick-in option in 1863.

Former Arsenal manager and current head of global development for world governing body Fifa, Arsene Wenger, is keen on the proposal.

Speaking last year, the Frenchman criticised throw-ins and free-kicks for being the “two biggest time-wasters”.

He said: “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.”

Among other proposals discussed in the meeting were the potential semi-automated video assistant referee (VAR) for the upcoming Qatar World Cup, while the use of five substitutes has now been permanently introduced.