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FA TO SANCTION NEW RULES FOR THE 2019/2020 EPL SEASON

After a very dramatic premier league season with Manchester City beating Liverpool to the most prestigious trophy in English football, the Football Association has confirmed that the 2019/2020 premier league season will be accompanied by new rules.

Apart from the newly introduced Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the following rules will now be applied in the premier league and other cup tournaments from the 2019/2020 season henceforth.

Handballs

If the ball hits an attacker’s arm during the build-up to a goal it will be disallowed regardless if it was accidental or otherwise.

Free kicks

An attacking player is no longer allowed in the wall at free kicks and opponent players must stand at least a metre away.

Penalty kicks

The goalkeepers must have one foot on the line while the penalty is being taken. And ‘keepers are also no longer allowed to touch the posts before the kick

Cards for coaches

Coaches will now be punished the same way as players with referees allowed to brandish yellow and red cards to off-field staff.

Drop balls

Old fashioned drop balls will NOT be used anymore and now the giving the ball back to the last team in possession will be the formality.

Substitutions

Whenever a player is substituted, they must exit the field at the nearest point. This has been introduced to stop players on the opposite side of the pitch walking to the far dugout late on in games.

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