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Rule changes 16-17 Season

2 years ago By Matthew Pritchard

New rules for 2016-17 Season

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has published changes to the laws of the game for the 2016/17 season, the most notable altering sending-off offences inside the penalty area and England are set to trial them in their pre-Euro 2016 friendlies.

The previous 'triple-punishment' rule meant that a player who denied a goal-scoring opportunity was automatically red-carded and handed a suspension, as well as giving away a penalty.

However, the law has now changed so that players committing accidental fouls, that deny a goal-scoring opportunity, are not automatically sent off, but cautioned instead.

Players will still be sent off for holding, pulling or pushing, not playing the ball or having no possibility to play the ball, serious foul play, violent conduct or deliberate handball.

Referees' powers have also been extended so that they can send off a player before kick-off, from the official's pre-match pitch inspection onwards.

Announced in April, the new laws also state the ball will be able to move in any direction from kick-off, rather than only move forward.

Players who are injured by a challenge punishable by a yellow or red card can now have quick treatment on the field, rather than having to leave, which previously gave the offending team temporary numerical advantage.

The IFAB announced last month their intentions to change the laws following a comprehensive, 18-month review, led by former English Premier League referee David Elleray.

More information on the rule changes can be found at the linked document.

Updated 13:43 - 18 Jun 2016 by Matthew Pritchard

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