WE all get frustrated when the beautiful game doesn’t flow as it should.
Over recent years one key way for teams to waste valuable seconds was to take their time at substitutions – but new rule changes mean Prem bosses hope this a thing of the past.
What is the new substitute touchline rule?
- A player must now exit the pitch when being taken off at the nearest touchline.
- This can be anywhere on the pitch, so they will be forced to walk behind goals and around the edge to return to the dugout.
- The exceptions are when a player is injured or being stretchered off, then they can head straight for the tunnel where the medical room is normally held. Or if a player would have to walk in front of visiting supporters where they may be abused.
What other new rules will be in the Premier League?
The rules have been further defined to help determine what is a handball and which isn’t.
A player is seen to have committed a handball if their arm is in an unnatural position, including having their hands behind their back.
Another example is for them to be above shoulder height.
This is not new to many but just to make it clearer in the eyes of the law.
Goalkeepers must have at least one foot on the goalline when a penalty kick is being taken.
CARDS FOR COACHES
This rule is not a new one for those in the Football League, but is for the Premier League.
Red cards can be dished out to coaches for kicking or throwing a water bottle, with it being seen as a violent action.
This is along with any offensive, insulting or abusive language or gesturing.
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The contested drop balls have been taken away, with the ball now going to the team that played it last before the stoppage.
The exception is when in the penalty area, where the ball is automatically given to the goalkeepers.
BALL HITTING A REFEREE
On many occasions, this rule will not be used when a ball accidentally hits a referee.
But if a team gains a significant advantage from it, then a drop ball will be used.
Captains can now determine which end to attack or even if they want to kick off first.