New set of football rules

New set of football rules

MASERU- The International Football Association Board (IFAB) on Tuesday released a set of new rules set to be implemented on June 1 this year.

The issue of handball was defined in detail and IFAB has decided that a goal scored directly by hand, either deliberate or not, or if a player creates a goal-scoring opportunity after gaining control of the ball with the use of their hand will no longer be allowed.

“Furthermore, the IFAB also approved changes to the Laws of the Game related to a player being substituted having to leave the field of play at the nearest boundary line, yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials and the ball not having to leave the penalty area at goal kicks and defending team free kicks in the penalty area,” the IFAB’s statement read.

“Additional approved law changes included: measures to deal with attacking players causing problems in the defensive ‘wall’, changing the dropped ball procedure, giving a dropped ball in certain situations when the ball hits the referee and the goalkeeper only being required to have one foot on the line at a penalty kick,” it continued.

However, it is a no rebounds from penalties rule that got the whole football fraternity talking.
According to the IFAB play will stop for a restart if a penalty is saved or hits the post.

No chance to follow up and score from the rebound will be allowed and there is no need for players to line up on the edge of the area.
Back here at home, match officials say they are still studying and familiarising themselves with the new laws and that immediately when the season ends, match officials and match assessors will be given a workshop on the new rules.

According to Maponyane Letsie from the Referees Committee, all match officials will attend and be equipped with the changes.
“The changes are for next season so as soon as this season ends we are going to host a training course for the referees, match officials, match assessors everybody to equip them on the new rules. We have just received them we are still studying them in the meantime as well,” he said.

Tlalane Phahla

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