The new football laws for 2019-20

Several new laws have been introduced for the 2019-20 season.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 1:17 pm
Referees and players have new laws to learn.

Here are the highlights....

Accidental handball that creates an advantage will be penalised by a free kick or penalty.
Substituted players must leave the pitch at the nearest exit point. The theory is to cut down on the time it takes to make a substitution.

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Goalkeepers must have at least one foot on the line when a penalty is struck.
The team that wins the toss can now choose to kick off or have choice of ends.
If the ball touches the referee and a promising attack starts, a dropped ball is awarded. If the ball touches the referee or any official and goes into the goal, a goal will not be awarded.
No attackers to be allowed into a defensive wall of three or more players. All attacking players must be at least one metre from the wall or an indirect free kick will be awarde.
The ball can now be played inside the penalty area by a defender from a goalkick, or from a free kick awarded inside the area. Attackers stay outside the area until the ball is in play.
If a game is restarted by a drop ball, the ball should be dropped to the team last in possession. Opponents/teammates must be 4.5 metres away. Inside the area the ball will dropped to the goalkeeper.
If an accidental handball leads to a goal, the goal will not be awarded.