I think the rules are currently looser in football then in hurling to be honest. There is less hands on the opponent stuff in hurling (probably because they have to hold the hurl). I know people have been saying all summer that hurling refs have been ‘letting it flow’, but I haven’t actually seen it too much myself.
In football though, nearly every coming together of players is a foul. To my mind there are only two ways of fixing that, either change the rules to allow more stuff (and that is very hard to define) or give all the fouls. But because of the inherent bias people (mainly pundits) have against the rules, evident in their unwillingness to try to understand them, the latter way would be a very hard road to travel.