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CHANGES TO THE LAWS OF THE GAME

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL THAT IS NEW FOR 2019-20

The International Football Association Board, of which ISFA Chairman David Elleray is Technical Director, has introduced a number of Changes to the Laws of the Game for Season 2019-20.

The main changes are as follows:

  • The introduction of yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials 
  • A player being substituted leaving the field at the nearest point on the boundary line
  • At a goal kick and a free-kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play as soon as it is taken (ie it no longer has to leave the penalty and can now be played immediately)
  • In addition to deliberate handball, players will also be penalised if they create a chance or score a goal with the hands.  They are also likely to be penalised if they raise their arms above shoulder height or make their body "unnaturally bigger"
  • Attacking players must be at least 1 metre from a defensive "wall"
  • A goalkeeper only has to have one foot on the goal line at a penalty kick
  • A new dropped ball procedure which eliminates the contested drop ball and ensures a fairer method of restarting play, particularly after an injury

All of the above changes will apply in ISFA matches for Season 2019-20.

Temporary Dismissals ("Sinbins")

IFAB have also introduced the use of Temporary Dismissals when approved by National Associations.  The FA have introduced Temporary Dismissals at all levels of grassroots football from Season 2019-20 onwards and this will apply in ISFA matches.  Any player receiving a yellow card for dissent will also leave the field of play for 10 minutes (8 minutes for matches with a playing time of less than 90 minutes) before he can return or can be substituted.

For more detailed information on all these matters, please click below:

IFAB Laws of the Game - At a Glance Summary of the Main Changes
FA Guide to Temporary Dismissals

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