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https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/sport/football/football-rule-changes-hearts-hibs-18570725

 

The rule changes that could impact Hearts and Hibs when Scottish football returns

The IFAB is set to introduce a host of new rules into the game this summer

 

 

Scottish football was always likely to look somewhat different after emerging from its coronavirus-induced slumber

Whether it is empty stands, sporadic kick off times or socially distant celebrations, fans of Hearts and Hibernian will have to adjust to a new normal when the game returns early next month.

Some decisions go beyond that however, and football's governing body is set to introduce a host of new rules into the sport this season.

It is not uncommon for the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to clarify or refine the game's bylaws every year in an attempt to cut out the confusion surrounding certain aspects of the rules.

The Scottish Football Association even has a hand in shaping them, sitting on the IFAB board alongside the English, Irish and Welsh FA's and representatives from Fifa.

There could be drastic changes to one element of the game this year, but many of the tweaks are minor.

Here is what fans heading to Easter Road and Tynecastle should look out for next season:

 

Handball

Few rule interpretations rile fans quite like the liberal application of the handball law.

For reasons never really explained, a shot blasted at a defender's elbow from three yards away can be an automatic spot kick one week, but remain unseen by the officials the next.

Last year, the IFAB introduced new guidelines that somehow made this even more complicated, decreeing that a handling offence no longer had to be "deliberate" to constitute a foul.

Instead, the bosses instructed officials to award a foul if a player was deemed to have "made their body unnaturally bigger" or had their hand or arm "above shoulder level".

While that appears to clear up any rankling over "unnatural" positions, the rule will go through a slight change again before the 2020/21 season.

Referees have been told that the shoulder is not part of the arm, and any decision on a foul must take into consideration whether or not the ball strikes a player 'below the armpit'.

If it does, a foul is given, but if not, play on.

We look forward to social media suddenly becoming a playground for armchair anatomy experts over the next season, all of whom are able to tell us why the armpit for their team's players is somehow different to those of everyone else's.

On the line

Scotland goalkeeper Lee Alexander was among those to fall foul of this rule last year during the national side's exit from the 2019 Women's World Cup.

The Glasgow City stopper stepped very slightly off her line to push away Argentine midfielder Florencia Bonsegundo's penalty, only for the video assistant to intervene and demand the spot kick be taken again.

Bonsegundo scored the retake to send Scotland home, but the IFAB have sought to clarify the rules ahead of the new campaign.

Goalkeepers will no longer be booked for coming off the line at a penalty so long as it's a first offence.

In addition, if a keeper commits an offence but the taker misses the goal or hits the post the kick will not be retaken unless it's determined the goalkeeper's actions interfered with the kicker.

While we don't have VAR in domestic football - yet - the men's national side will be affected by this rule in their bid to qualify for next year's European Championships.

 

Handball - part two

Right, remember everything we just told you about the handball rule?

Well, put that out of your head for a minute while we get extremely technical.

Rules in force for last season stated that " any attacking advantage from the ball hitting a hand/arm should be punished".

That effectively meant if the ball struck a defender's hand in the box while it was in a "natural position" and he then hoofed the ball upfield for his teammate to score, the referee would have to bring the game back for a penalty at the other end of the field.

But obviously, that is a hypothetical scenario and would never actually happen.

Or would it?

In the recent English Premier League meeting between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur, Harry Kane saw his equaliser chalked off after teammate Lucas Moura had the ball thumped against his upper arm while he was sent sprawling by a Blades defender.

Kane picked up on the loose ball in the box and scored, but the goal was disallowed by the video assistant and Spurs went on to lose the game 3-1.

It was a silly rule to begin with and it has now, thankfully, been clarified somewhat.

Officials have been told not to give the foul "if the ball travels some distance or if there are several passes," while considerations will also be made regarding the amount of time that has passed since the initial offence and the attacking phase of play.

In addition, players will no longer be considered offside if a defender handles the ball deliberately before it reaches them.

Clear as mud.

 

Double jeopardy

This law actually came in a few years ago, but it has been slightly revised before the 2020/21 season kicks off.

Last man challenges used to carry an automatic red card punishment as well as the resulting free kick or penalty.

As long as the official deemed the covering player was making a genuine attempt to win the ball inside the area, a yellow would suffice alongside the award of a spot kick.

That has now been extended to those fouls which happen outside the area, with players no longer receiving a booking for illegally halting a promising attack.

It means we are entering a golden age for the ‘good foul’ though midfield enforcers should be wary that dangerous and/or violent offences will still carry a card punishment.

 

Five subs

Possibly the most controversial rule set to be implemented from next season and the first coronavirus-imposed rule change likely to be introduced permanently.

This one has not been set in stone yet, but The Athletic reports that leagues around the world will be allowed to introduce it at their own discretion from next season.

Clubs in England, Germany, Italy and Spain who have restarted their 2019/20 campaigns over the summer months have been allowed to make five in-game changes to their line ups - up from the standard three.

In the post-lockdown era, with players not involved in matches for months on end, it makes some kind of sense - a lack of match fitness, which we are constantly reminded is totally different from general fitness, was always bound to creep in.

This has allowed managers to keep the eleven players on the field fresh, with restrictions put in place to avoid issues over time-wasting and disruption to the flow of the contest.

Managers are only permitted to use three substitution breaks, meaning if they want to make all five subs during a game, they can only do so in certain combinations.

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It has however, led to concern among the smaller clubs and in a Scottish football context, where much of the talent tends to flow towards Glasgow, it could be a particularly contentious issue.

In any case, the IFAB has to ratify the changes first and before it can be introduced in the Scottish game, clubs will be balloted on the issue.

Given our game’s solid relationship with the voting process, it should not be overly difficult to get a clear result.

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Normthebarman

Don't like the change to the booking for a deliberate foul one. There has to be some kind of punishment for a team just killing another teams attacking momentum. Terrible decision, to be honest. 

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Beast Boy
18 minutes ago, HMFC01 said:

Double jeopardy

This law actually came in a few years ago, but it has been slightly revised before the 2020/21 season kicks off.

Last man challenges used to carry an automatic red card punishment as well as the resulting free kick or penalty.

As long as the official deemed the covering player was making a genuine attempt to win the ball inside the area, a yellow would suffice alongside the award of a spot kick.

That has now been extended to those fouls which happen outside the area, with players no longer receiving a booking for illegally halting a promising attack.

It means we are entering a golden age for the ‘good foul’ though midfield enforcers should be wary that dangerous and/or violent offences will still carry a card punishment.


Basically: 

 

If a Celtic or Rangers player does it - no red card.

 

If a Hearts player does it - dangerous and/or violent.

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Lone Striker

Who or what is  IFAB ?   If they make the rules, what the feck does FIFA actually do  (apart from take bribes to organise the World Cup every 4 years? )

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Tommy Brown
42 minutes ago, Special Officer Doofy said:


Basically: 

 

If a Celtic or Rangers player does it - no red card.

 

If a Hearts player does it - dangerous and/or violent.

your learning Mothy.

 

Sounds like you have done your SFA referees exam?

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HMFC01

I would imagine they still get booked for persistent fouling, or pressuring the ref by surrounding him.  They will make ways to make sure players don't abuse the rules.  Unless already pointed out your OF sticker is attached.

 

I have to say though defenders look like they are under the most pressure and the goalie for rule changes.  

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Craig Herbertson
2 minutes ago, Tommy Brown said:

your learning Mothy.

 

Sounds like you have done your SFA referees exam?

 

I know about that rule.

 

Thanks for the really clear explanation of difficult things but I am just going to stick with shouting at the referee if decisions go against Hearts.

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Boof

Anyone else think this is due a change?

 

"The Scottish Football Association even has a hand in shaping them, sitting on the IFAB board alongside the English, Irish and Welsh FA's and representatives from Fifa."

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jambostuart

"That has now been extended to those fouls which happen outside the area, with players no longer receiving a booking for illegally halting a promising attack."

 

Shite rule for teams with Scott Brown's instead of footballers.

 

Not a fan of the 5 subs being permanent. As an aside also disagree with drinks breaks. Just take a drink when there's a stoppage! Game is anything but flowing these days with stoppages for drinks and VAR. And to now not punish fouls for stopping a flowing move.... It's up the pole

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Smith's right boot
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It's about time every mis timed tackle wasn't a booking.

 

Nowadays you sem to get booking for farting.

Booking almost every mis timed tackle was ruining the art of tackling imo. You should be able to try and tackle and if you miss it's a freekick not a booking as well which was happening far too much imo, especially a slide tackle, miss and pretty much 3/4 of the time it was a booking. Not needed, as long as there was a effort for the ball and it's not pulling someone back or tackling from behind, clipping their heals etc.

 

Glad that has been looked at it, but it must be implemented fairly, not one rule for every player and the "Scott Brown" rule for others.

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Smith's right boot
28 minutes ago, jambostuart said:

"That has now been extended to those fouls which happen outside the area, with players no longer receiving a booking for illegally halting a promising attack."

 

Shite rule for teams with Scott Brown's instead of footballers.

 

Not a fan of the 5 subs being permanent. As an aside also disagree with drinks breaks. Just take a drink when there's a stoppage! Game is anything but flowing these days with stoppages for drinks and VAR. And to now not punish fouls for stopping a flowing move.... It's up the pole

 

 

There will be adverts for these breaks soon, imo commercial reasons are driving these break as well for whatever reason.

1st water break brought to you by Coca Cola

VAR sponsored by  Audi

etc.

 

TV will ruin the game beyond what you think is imaginable.

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jake
2 minutes ago, Smith's right boot said:

 

 

There will be adverts for these breaks soon, imo commercial reasons are driving these break as well for whatever reason.

1st water break brought to you by Coca Cola

VAR sponsored by  Audi

etc.

 

TV will ruin the game beyond what you think is imaginable.

Yep

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Beast Boy
2 hours ago, Tommy Brown said:

your learning Mothy.

 

Sounds like you have done your SFA referees exam?


If only. I’d be a Jambo Dougie McDonald. Wouldn’t even care. 😃

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Beast Boy
2 hours ago, Boof said:

Anyone else think this is due a change?

 

"The Scottish Football Association even has a hand in shaping them, sitting on the IFAB board alongside the English, Irish and Welsh FA's and representatives from Fifa."


We shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the international governing bodies. Our game here is a corrupt joke.

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Boof
5 minutes ago, Special Officer Doofy said:


We shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the international governing bodies. Our game here is a corrupt joke.

 

Don't know why the other 200-odd countries in the world allow it...?

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Ribble

Won’t make a jot of difference, just watching the villa v Man Utd game and even with VAR they still managed to just give Man Utd a penalty because Bruno Fernandez stood on the ball spun around and his foot came down onto the villa defender who had stopped to block the potential shot

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jambostuart
16 hours ago, Smith's right boot said:

 

 

There will be adverts for these breaks soon, imo commercial reasons are driving these break as well for whatever reason.

1st water break brought to you by Coca Cola

VAR sponsored by  Audi

etc.

 

TV will ruin the game beyond what you think is imaginable.

May as well just bring in a 2 minute warning too...

 

 

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scottishguy
17 hours ago, Smith's right boot said:

 

 

There will be adverts for these breaks soon, imo commercial reasons are driving these break as well for whatever reason.

1st water break brought to you by Coca Cola

VAR sponsored by  Audi

etc.

 

TV will ruin the game beyond what you think is imaginable.

Just like what the USA wanted to in their world Cup years ago, game split into 4 quarters for adverts, and they love an advert over there.

Everything is an advert to them and its creeping in here too.

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Smith's right boot
22 hours ago, scottishguy said:

Just like what the USA wanted to in their world Cup years ago, game split into 4 quarters for adverts, and they love an advert over there.

Everything is an advert to them and its creeping in here too.

 

100%

Var and water breaks is the perfect route into it. 

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