From the handball rule to penalty kicks and cautions for managers and players alike, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have introduced more than twenty changes to the current laws of the game.
Here’s a few important ones that you might have missed.
A player who is being substituted must leave the field at the nearest point on the
Boundary line , unless otherwise directed by the referee
Handball text re-written for greater clarity/consistency with clear guidelines for when ‘non-deliberate’ handball should (and should not) be penalised
When there is a defensive ‘wall’ of at least 3 players, all attacking team players must be at least 1m from the ‘wall’; IDFK if they encroach
Goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on, or in line with, the goal line when a penalty kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line
Opponents must be at least 2m from the point on the touchline where a throw-in is to
Be taken, even if the thrower is back from the line
At goal kicks, the ball is in play once it is kicked and clearly moves; it does not have to leave the penalty area
Saturday’s Match Officials.
Lancashire official Ben Toner will be the man with the whistle for Town’s home opener against Bradford City on Saturday.
Alongside Mr Toner will be Ian Dudley and Hristo Karaivanov as assistant referees, as well as David Benton as fourth official.