From the bottom of the armpit to four metres away: the most important new rules of the game

We have had to wait 187 days, but finally we can enjoy it again: the Eredivisie circus is bursting out again. A new football season traditionally involves new rules of the game. FootballPrimeur is following up on the most important changes in the competition rules, the most important changes of 2019/2020Even to sum up: last season was also a time to get used to radically new rules. In the past, substituted players could stretch their time by walking all the way to the dugout, but from now on they had to get off the pitch by the shortest route. Referees were always considered a dead element, but had to stop the game as soon as they were hit by the ball.
Furthermore, attackers were no longer allowed to stand in the opponents wall in free kicks, players had to keep their distance from referees balls and goalkeepers could also play a team-mate in the sixteen metres at goal kicks. However, the most far-reaching change in the rules of the game concerned handsballs: if the ball comes into the attackers hand, it is immediately whistled back, whether or not the attacker intentionally makes hands.
Unintentional hands: may not be in the penalty area, may be in midfield That hand rule is slightly nuanced for the coming season. If an attacker scores directly with the hand or creates a big chance with the hand – intentionally or not – it is immediately whistled off. What if hands are inadvertently made in midfield and then a goal is scored? Then it simply counts, according to the new rules.
Bottom armpit the boundary between hands and non-hands As an addition to the hands rule, extra attention has been paid to shoulder balls. It was already generally known that a player does not make hands when the ball hits his shoulder. However, the area between the shoulder and the rest of the arm is now officially demarcated. The boundary runs to the bottom of the armpit: if the ball goes above that, it is not a hand and if it goes below that, it is a hand.
Less than four metres away? Yellow card! Referees balls have also started to look different since last season: previously there were two players facing each other, now the team in possession of the ball got the ball back if the referee had stopped play. The other players had to be at a distance from the crime scene: not one and a half, but even four metres. That rule is also in force next season, with one extra addition: if players are less than four metres away from a referees ball, they will get yellow.

When referees take a penalty, they have to be extra sharp. If the goalkeeper commits a foul – e.g. getting off the line too early – and the penalty kick stops, it has to be taken over anyway. The goalkeeper will then receive a warning, but not a yellow card: it will only follow at the next foul.
If the goalkeeper commits a foul and passes the ball beside, over or against the aluminium, it is a little more complicated. The referee must then decide whether the goalkeepers foul has had a perceptible direct influence on the goalkeeper missing a penalty shot. If it has, the penalty shot will be taken over. If not, the game continues.
And what if both the penalty taker and the goalkeeper break the rules, for example if the taker remains stationary during his run? Then the advantage goes to the defending party: the one who takes the penalty is punished and the goalkeeper is lucky.
Clean slate in a penalty-seriesHaving a look at those penalties: players and goalkeepers who have been given yellow during regular playing time or extra time can easily start the necessary penalty-series. If they commit another foul and get yellow, the first yellow card does not matter anymore: no red card.
Promising attacksHolding lights or a death kick: when the emergency brake is pulled, in principle it always results in a yellow card, because it interrupts a promising attack. However, it can happen that an advantage is given or that the attacking party resumes the game with a fast free kick: in this case, the offender is lucky and escapes a yellow card. It may happen that a score is scored, but that is another story.
(Hein Nooijens/Voetball-Primeur)

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