The International Football Association Board (IFAB), responsible for football rules changed, held the 133rd Annual Business Meeting in Glasgow on November 23rd and agreed on the proposal for a number of changes for 2019/2020 season.
From the meeting came the unanimous approval of three new measures, which were approved at the IFAB General Meeting last March: a substituted player must leave the field on the nearest line; yellow and red cards attributed for misconduct to members of the technical squads; and the ball does not need to leave the goalkeeper area in goal kicks and fouls.
It was also discussed the possibility of alternative order of collection of penalties, through the model ABBA, already tested in some competitions, but the idea did not receive strong support from the IFAB, reason why it wasn’t included this season.
In addition, hand-ball situations were also analyzed, reaching the consensus that it is necessary to specify the related rules, especially in accidental situations of hand in the ball. Other changes prevent team players who hit a direct free kick from being close to the wall. In some cases, when the ball hits the referee, the ball must go to the ground.
A new rule comes to the goalkeepers, who now need to have only one foot on the goal line penalty kicks, unlike the old law, which required goalkeepers to stay on the line.
Finally, all professional competitions included VAR technology with the stamp of FIFA Assistance and Approval Program, called the IAAP.
The football rules changed were implemented in June 1, 2019.
Check all the approved rules here.