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New Football rules for 2019-20 season

IFAB introduce new football rules

While football laws were tweaked, the progress of VAR was also assessed.

The International Federation Association Board (IFAB) has confirmed tweaks in football rules ahead of the 2019-20 season.

IFAB at its 133rd Annual General Meeting, which held in Scotland, provided new football rules and some tweaks to some that are existing – and the major changes include: tweak to accidental handball leading to a goal, the rules of substitution, free-kick, and time wasting.

Handball leading to a goal

Neymar’s disallowed goal in the 2015 Champions League final is referred to in the new rule

Presently, a goal counts if the referee deemed a hand to have accidentally helped the ball into the net. Meanwhile, such a stance would be null and void ahead of the next season, irrespective of whether the handball that led to a goal was accidental or intentional.

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“On the topic of defining handball, a decision was taken by the IFAB to provide a more precise and detailed definition for what constitutes handball, in particular with regard to the occasions when a non-deliberate/accidental handball will be penalised,” read an IFAB statement, obtained from Evening Standard.

“For example a goal scored directly from the hand/arm (even if accidental) and a player scoring or creating a goal-scoring opportunity after having gained possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm (even if accidental) will no longer be allowed.”

The dropped ball procedure

This new rule states that the ball will be stopped whenever the ball hits the referee, and there will be a drop ball situation in the game.

At present, the law of football allows playing proceedings to continue even of the match official changes the direction of a ball is heading after being hit by the ball.

Free-kick and Penalty drama

The new IFAB rules also aimed at reducing the drama that arises from the attacking team whenever a penalty or free-kick is to be taken.

According to IFAB, an attacking player would no longer be allowed to stand in the wall next to defenders at free-kicks after a one-metre ‘exclusion zone’ around the wall was also approved.

IFAB technical director David Elleray, as quoted by Evening Standard said: “It leads to confrontation as the attacking players try to force a gap in the wall and delays the free-kick because the referee has to stop all the pushing and shoving.”

Substitutes to leave the pitch at closest touchline

Also, the new football rules will also oblige substitute to exit the pitch at the closest touchline, instead of having to walk through to the half-way line. Some members of IFAB have posited the present technique is mere time wasting.

Also, part of the new football rules is goalkeeper only being required to have one foot on the line at a penalty kick, unlike in the past where they must have their two feet on the line.

Amidst the VAR fiasco, FIFA President  Gianni Infantino said the technology has brought fairness to footbal

Meanwhile, the progress of the Video Assistant Referee, which was approved at the previous AGM and was used at the last World Cup was also assessed at the 133rd AGM.

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The VAR, which has been adopted by some Major European Leagues and was as well adapted to the UEFA Champions League knock-out stages has been a subject of mixed feeling amidst football fans and experts, but according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the technology has brought fairness to football.

“…Partly as a result of its {VAR} success in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, VAR is now an accepted part of football and has brought greater fairness to the game without any significant interruption with reviews on average taking just over a minute once every three games.”

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