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  • Although there is a thread here already the new article from the BBC is worth a read. Much more detailed examples and explanations 
  • As usual some good rules, some bad.

    I like the fact the ball doesn't have to leave the area at a goal kick.

    "A player who is being substituted must leave the pitch by the nearest point on the touchline or byeline" - this is good as we've all seen players subbed who take about a minute to casually stroll from one side of the pitch to the other.

    "When a defending team has three or more players in a wall, the attacking team can no longer place a player in or next to it. If an attacker is standing within one yard (1m) of the wall when the kick is taken, they will be penalised with an indirect free-kick." - this is stupid. If the attacking team have a free kick then they should be able to do what they can to sneak an advantage, especially a player on the end of the wall who moves at the last second.

    "A player can now be booked for celebrating - for removing his shirt or celebrating with the fans - even if the goal is disallowed." - pathetic. Imagine a player on a yellow nicks a last minute equaliser and celebrates with the fans........only to then find it disallowed and he's sent off.
  • Ross said:
    Thanks Ross, looked for a thread about rule changes and missed this one
  • "Also if the offence was going to be a red card for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, but the opposition take a quick free-kick, then the player will only be booked because the other team are considered to have restarted their attack."

    This is a strange one. How are the attacking team supposed to know if a red card was going to be given? As we have seen before it's not always black and white
  • And as for celebrating with fans? I presume common sense will be used on this one. 
  • So on free kicks, if there are three defenders in the wall then the attacking team can’t have a player within a yard of the wall. 

    That might be interesting. 
  • One yard is not a lot, the length of your arm.
  • What if there are two defenders in the wall and the attacker joins it and then another defender also joins it?
  • I’ve got short arms 😂
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  • iaitch said:
    What if there are two defenders in the wall and the attacker joins it and then another defender also joins it?
    It will result in a bit if too-ing & fro-ing like when a player goes back on the line. Ref will take the easy way out, book the attacker & give the defending side the fee kick. 
  • edited June 2
    Riviera said:
    One yard is not a lot, the length of your arm.
    If you're an Orangutan or Michael Phelps.
  • iaitch said:
    What if there are two defenders in the wall and the attacker joins it and then another defender also joins it?
    It will result in a bit if too-ing & fro-ing like when a player goes back on the line. Ref will take the easy way out, book the attacker & give the defending side the fee kick. 
    The ref cant give a free kick if an offence occurs whilst the game is not in progress. The ref can caution as you suggested, but must restart the game with the original freekick.
  • As usual some good rules, some bad.

    I like the fact the ball doesn't have to leave the area at a goal kick.

    "A player who is being substituted must leave the pitch by the nearest point on the touchline or byeline" - this is good as we've all seen players subbed who take about a minute to casually stroll from one side of the pitch to the other.

    "When a defending team has three or more players in a wall, the attacking team can no longer place a player in or next to it. If an attacker is standing within one yard (1m) of the wall when the kick is taken, they will be penalised with an indirect free-kick." - this is stupid. If the attacking team have a free kick then they should be able to do what they can to sneak an advantage, especially a player on the end of the wall who moves at the last second.

    "A player can now be booked for celebrating - for removing his shirt or celebrating with the fans - even if the goal is disallowed." - pathetic. Imagine a player on a yellow nicks a last minute equaliser and celebrates with the fans........only to then find it disallowed and he's sent off.
    I'm fine with that one actually. What's the difference? If a player is breaking the rules he deserves to be booked? Why should he be let off just because the goal was disallowed, he was still doing wrong at the time. 
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