semi-automatic off-game, hands … the rules that would have to change next season

At a meeting held in Doha, the IFAB is expected to approve new rules that will enter into force on July 1. The five changes will now be official, while the rule regarding hands will change again.

The IFAB is preparing to validate new rules. Meeting this Monday in Doha, the International Football Association Board must approve changes to certain rules, which will become official from July 1. They would therefore have to be applied for the World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18).

A special emphasis will be placed on the regulation around the hands on the surface, in view of the many controversies in recent months. A new rule of thumb is that if a player blocks a goal or an opportunity manifests by grabbing a hand, he must be expelled and that, no matter how much he is on the field.

The five official changes

The possibility of making five changes will be definitely validated in all competitions that require it. The championships of each country can adopt it or not, but in all the competitions organized by FIFA, the five changes will be official, including the World Cup.

Installed during the health crisis, this rule will allow trainers to use three windows (off-duty) to make their changes. In the long run, a sixth change will be possible if the competition rules anticipate it.

The semi-automatic off-game study

For guards, the rule describing their placement on target shots will be reformed. He will be forbidden to have one foot in front and another behind the line. The porters will have to have both feet in direct contact with the target line until the shooting is done.

In parallel, the semi-automatic off-game, present at the Arab Cup and the Clubs World Cup, is still under study and a decision will not be won at this Monday’s meeting. IFAB will also be studying the possibility of bringing in 26 players by selections for the World Cup in Qatar.

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