What ‘New Rules’ mean for Liverpool

Another year, another review of the footballing rule-book.

Following the 133rd annual meeting of the The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the IFAB has announced an upheaval of a few pivotal rules in football. These will have knock-on effects for Liverpool in the coming season.

As of the 2019/20 season, play will be stopped following a penalty, should the ball hit the post or be saved by the goalkeeper. This eliminates the opportunity for an attacking player to score on a rebound and also stops players from needing to encroach on the penalty area to try and be first to the rebound.

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This, hypothetically, would chalk off Liverpool’s third goal in the history comeback against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

Xabi Alonso’s penalty was saved by Dida, only for the Spaniard to score the rebound.

Another rule change for penalties will mean that goalkeepers will only require one foot to be on the line when a penalty is taken.

The rules of substitutions are changing slightly, too. Players will be prompted to leave the pitch at the nearest touchline or goal-line. An attempt to rid the game of unnecessary time-wasting.

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“a player being substituted having to leave the field of play at the nearest boundary line,”

This will positively impact Liverpool. Many sides waste time from the off against the Reds. Liverpool will welcome the change that will look to speed up one of the worst offending elements of the game when it comes to wasting precious seconds.

Other adjustments include; a change to the understanding of what constitutes hand-ball, with the IFAB statement reading:

“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.”

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New rules introduce “yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials” and changed regulations, seeing “the ball not having to leave the penalty area at goal kicks and defending team free kicks in the penalty area.”

Measure to combat attacking players that are interfering with the wall at free-kicks will also be introduced.

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Changes will also amend “the dropped ball procedure, giving a dropped ball in certain situations when the ball hits the referee”. Meaning that the dropped ball scenario may be making a return more-often.

VARs were also discussed in length, with the IFAB pledging to continue to develop the system.

The full break-down of the changes to the footballing rule-book for the upcoming 2019/20 campaign can be found, here.

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