Dramatic New Rules For Football Come June

The way the beautiful game of football is played is set to change from June 1, 2019, as the body charged with the Laws of the Game, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will meet to decide on the rules that will be changed from this year’s summer onwards.

While some are minor, others are bound to cause a bit of drama on the pitch when they are enforced.

No rebounds from penalties: Play will stop for a restart if a penalty is saved or hits the post, which means that there will be no longer be chances to follow up and score from rebounds, therefore, players will no longer need to line up on the edge of the area.

Handballs inside the area: Goals scored that have hit a player’s hand, either voluntarily or involuntarily, will be disallowed.

Substitutes can leave the field anywhere: Whenever a player is substituted, there will no longer be a need for the player to exit the pitch at the halfway line, instead players will leave the pitch at the nearest point.

Players can touch the ball in the area after a goalkeeper kicks it out: This might cause a bit of drama. Until now, players could not touch goal kicks before they exited the box, but now they will be able to. 

Cards return for coaches: Although it was done in the past, however, the discipline of coaches changed to simple reprimands or sendings off. Now they will receive yellow and red cards just like their players.