Fifa is discussing whether to allow only captains to speak to referees, says former Netherlands striker and manager Marco van Basten.
It would bring football into line with rugby union, which has strict rules around in-match communication.
Van Basten, Fifa’s chief technical development officer, said there have been talks about how to improve player behaviour and respect for officials.
“There are a lot of players now who are complaining during a game,” he said.
Speaking to the BBC, the former Ajax and AC Milan forward said: “I am sure the behaviour of the players can be better – we are thinking about putting it back in the right direction.”
At the start of this season, English football announced plans to reduce “intolerable behaviour” by issuing red cards to players who confront match officials, use offensive language or make gestures towards them.
Fifa, football’s world governing body, has recently introduced trials of video referees – where the match official can watch a pitch-side replay of key incidents on a small monitor.