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SafeSport

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New Soccer Laws 2019

WRITTEN BY IFAB

The following summarises the main Law changes for 2019/20 with an explanation for the changes (in alphabetical order).

Dropped ball - Laws 8 & 9

Changes

If play is stopped inside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for the goalkeeper

If play is stopped outside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped  for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the point of  the last touch

In all cases, all the other players (of both teams) must be at least 4m (4.5yds) away

If the ball touches the referee (or another match official) and goes  into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts, a  dropped ball is awarded

Explanation

The current dropped  ball procedure often leads to a ‘manufactured’ restart which is  ‘exploited’ unfairly (e.g. kicking the ball out for a throw-in deep in  the opponents’ half) or an aggressive confrontation. Returning the ball  to the team that last played it restores what was ‘lost’ when play was  stopped, except in the penalty area where it is simpler to return the  ball to the goalkeeper. To prevent that team gaining an unfair  advantage, all players of both teams, except the player receiving the  ball, must be at least 4m (4.5 yds) away.

It can be very unfair  if a team gains an advantage or scores a goal because the ball has hit a  match official, especially the referee.

Free Kicks - Law 13

Changes

When there is a ‘wall’ of three or more defenders, the attackers are  not allowed within 1m (1 yd) of the wall; an attacker less than 1m (1yd)  from the ‘wall’ when the•kick is taken will be penalised with an  indirect free kick

When the defending team takes a free kick in  their own penalty area, the ball is in play once the kick is taken; it  does not have to leave the penalty area before it can be played

Explanation

Attackers standing very close to, or in, the defensive ‘wall’ at a free  kick often cause management problems and waste time. There is no  legitimate tactical justification for attackers to be in the ‘wall’ and  their presence is against the ‘spirit of the game’•and often damages the  image of the game.

The experiment where, at a defending team  free kick in the penalty area, the ball is in play once it is kicked and  does not have to leave the penalty area, has produced a faster and more  constructive restart. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area  and at least 9.15m away until the ball is in play. The same change has  been made to the goal kick (see Law 16).

Goal Celebrations - Law 12

Changes

A YC for an ‘illegal’ celebration (e.g. removing the shirt) remains even if the goal is disallowed

Explanation

Cautions for inappropriate goal celebrations apply even if the goal is  disallowed as the impact (safety, image of the game etc.) is the same as  if the goal was awarded.

Goal Kick - Law 16

Changes

The ball is in play once the kick is taken; it can be played before leaving the penalty area

Explanation  The experiment that at a goal kick the ball is in play once it is  kicked, and does not have to leave the penalty area, has created a  faster and more dynamic/constructive restart to the game. It has reduced  the time ‘lost/wasted’ including stopping the tactic of ‘wasting’ time  when a defender deliberately plays the ball before it leaves the penalty  area knowing that all that will happen is the goal kick will be  retaken. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area until the ball  is in play

Handball - Law 12

Changes

Deliberate handball remains an offence

The following ‘handball’ situations, even if accidental, will be a free kick:

The ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking player’s hand/arm

A player gains control/possession of the ball after it has touches  their hand/arm•and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm when it is above their shoulder  (unless the player has deliberately played the ball which then touches  their hand/arm)

The following will not usually be a free kick, unless they are one of the above situations:

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from their own  head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/near

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which is close to their body and has not made their body unnaturally bigger

If a player is falling and the ball touches their hand/arm when it is  between their body and the ground to support the body (but not extended  to make the body bigger)

If the goalkeeper attempts to ‘clear’  (release into play) a throw-in or deliberate kick from a team-mate but  the ‘clearance’ fails, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball

Explanation  Greater clarity is needed for handball, especially on those occasions  when ‘non- d•eliberate’ handball is an offence. The re-wording follows a  number of principles:

Football does not accept a goal being scored by a hand/arm (even if accidental)

Football expects a player to be penalised for handball if they gain  possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm and gain a major  advantage e.g. score or create a goal-scoring opportunity

It is natural for a player to put their arm between their body and the ground for support when falling.

Having the hand/arm above shoulder height is rarely a ‘natural’  position and a player is ‘taking a risk’ by having the hand/arm in that  position, including whensliding

If the ball comes off the  player’s body, or off another player (of either team) who is•close by,  onto the hands/arms it is often impossible to avoid contact with the  ball

When the GK clearly kicks or tries to kick the ball into  play, this shows no intention to handle the ball so, if the ‘clearance’  attempt is unsuccessful, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball without  committing an offence

Kick-Off - Law 8

Changes

The  team that wins the toss can now choose to take the kick-off or which  goal to attack (previously they only had the choice of which goal to  attack)

Explanation

Recent Law changes have made the  kick-off more dynamic (e.g. a goal can be scored directly from the  kick-off) so captains winning the toss often ask to take the kick-off. 

Medical Breaks - Law 7

Changes

Difference between ‘cooling’ breaks (90 secs – 3 mins) and ‘drinks’ breaks (max 1 min)

Explanation

In the interests of player safety, competition rules may allow, in  certain weather conditions (e.g. high humidity and temperatures),  ‘cooling’ breaks (from ninety seconds to three minutes) to allow the  body’s temperature to fall; they are different from ‘drinks’ breaks  (maximum one minute) which are for rehydration. 

Penalty Kick - Law 14

Changes

The team’s penalty taker can have (quick) treatment/assessment and then take the kick

The goalkeeper must not be touching the goalposts/crossbar/nets; they must not be moving 

The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on/in line with the  goal line when the kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line

Explanation

It is unfair if the kicker needs assessment/treatment and then has to leave the field and cannot take the penalty kick.

The referee must not signal for the penalty kick to be taken if the  goalkeeper is touching the goalposts, crossbar or net, or if they are  moving e.g. the goalkeeper has kicked/shaken them

Goalkeepers are  not permitted to stand in front of or behind the line. Allowing the  goalkeeper to have only one foot touching the goal line (or, if jumping,  in line with the goal line) when the penalty kick is taken is a more  practical approach as it is easier to identify if both feet are not on  the line. As the kicker can ‘stutter’ in the run, it is reasonable that  the goalkeeper can take one step in anticipation of the kick.

Players' Equipment - Law 4

Changes

Multi-coloured/patterned undershirts are allowed if they are the same as the sleeve of the main shirt

Explanation

Manufacturers now make patterned undershirts whose sleeves are the same  as the main shirt sleeve; these should be allowed as they help match  officials’ decision-making. 

Quick free kick and YC/RC - Law 12

Changes

If the referee is about to issue a YC/RC but the non-offending team  takes the free kick quickly and creates a goal-scoring opportunity, the  referee can delay the YC/RC until the next stoppage if the offending  team was not distracted by the referee

Explanation

Occasionally, an attack is stopped by a cautionable (YC) or sending-off  (RC) offence and the attacking team takes a quick free kick which  restores the ‘lost’ attack; it is clearly ‘unfair’ if this ‘new’ attack  is stopped to issue the YC/RC. However, if the referee has distracted  the offending team by starting the YC/RC procedure, the quick free kick  is not allowed. For a DOGSO offence, the player will be cautioned (YC)  and not sent-off (RC) because the attack was re-started (as when  advantage is applied for a DOGSO offence). 

Substitutes - Law 3

Changes

A player who is being substituted must leave the field by the nearest  point on the touchline/goal line (unless the referee indicates the  player can leave quickly/immediately at the halfway line or a different  point because of safety, injury etc.)

Explanation

To stop a  player who is being substituted ‘wasting’ time by leaving slowly at the  halfway line (which is not a Law requirement) the player must leave at  the nearest point (as with an injury) unless the referee indicates  otherwise, e.g. if the player can leave quickly at the halfway line,  there is a safety/security issue or the player leaves on a stretcher.  The player must go immediately to the technical area or dressing room to  avoid problems with substitutes, spectators, or the match officials.  A  player who infringes the spirit of this Law should be sanctioned for  unsporting behaviour i.e. delaying the restart of play. 

Team Officials - Laws 5 & 12

Changes

A team official guilty of misconduct will be shown a YC (caution) or RC  (sending-off)*; if the offender cannot be identified, the senior coach  who is in the technical area at the time will receive the YC/RC * Law 12  will have a list of YC/RC offences

Explanation

The  experiment with YC/RC for misconduct by team officials has been  successful and has revealed many benefits at all levels, including for  young referees dealing with ‘difficult’ adult coaches.  If the offender  cannot be identified, the senior team official (usually the main coach)  in the technical area will receive the YC/RC (as the person responsible  for the other team officials).

https://www.the-ra.org/news/ifab-law-changes-2019-2020?fbclid=IwAR0YuUBFglXNHs3XllJIw1hu7YV_PpMwpWlPEJB4QDZtG0IBKLi80Z_nUWY

Coach Education

http://www.ntxsoccer.org/coaching_education/


SafeSport

As of July 1, 2019 SafeSport Course Certification will be mandatory  for all Coaches, Managers, Administrators (Member Association and  Clubs), Volunteers, Employees, and Referees.   
Follow these directions to complete SafeSport Course Certification.
If you need your user name and password please contact
Kim McDonald 254-396-5926

https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/989/15/Background%20Check%20and%20SafeSport%20Instructions%20-%20June%202019%20UPDATED.pdf


 

New Soccer Laws 2019

WRITTEN BY IFAB

The following summarises the main Law changes for 2019/20 with an explanation for the changes (in alphabetical order).

Dropped ball - Laws 8 & 9

Changes

If play is stopped inside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for the goalkeeper

If play is stopped outside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped  for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the point of  the last touch

In all cases, all the other players (of both teams) must be at least 4m (4.5yds) away

If the ball touches the referee (or another match official) and goes  into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts, a  dropped ball is awarded

Explanation

The current dropped  ball procedure often leads to a ‘manufactured’ restart which is  ‘exploited’ unfairly (e.g. kicking the ball out for a throw-in deep in  the opponents’ half) or an aggressive confrontation. Returning the ball  to the team that last played it restores what was ‘lost’ when play was  stopped, except in the penalty area where it is simpler to return the  ball to the goalkeeper. To prevent that team gaining an unfair  advantage, all players of both teams, except the player receiving the  ball, must be at least 4m (4.5 yds) away.

It can be very unfair  if a team gains an advantage or scores a goal because the ball has hit a  match official, especially the referee.

Free Kicks - Law 13

Changes

When there is a ‘wall’ of three or more defenders, the attackers are  not allowed within 1m (1 yd) of the wall; an attacker less than 1m (1yd)  from the ‘wall’ when the•kick is taken will be penalised with an  indirect free kick

When the defending team takes a free kick in  their own penalty area, the ball is in play once the kick is taken; it  does not have to leave the penalty area before it can be played

Explanation

Attackers standing very close to, or in, the defensive ‘wall’ at a free  kick often cause management problems and waste time. There is no  legitimate tactical justification for attackers to be in the ‘wall’ and  their presence is against the ‘spirit of the game’•and often damages the  image of the game.

The experiment where, at a defending team  free kick in the penalty area, the ball is in play once it is kicked and  does not have to leave the penalty area, has produced a faster and more  constructive restart. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area  and at least 9.15m away until the ball is in play. The same change has  been made to the goal kick (see Law 16).

Goal Celebrations - Law 12

Changes

A YC for an ‘illegal’ celebration (e.g. removing the shirt) remains even if the goal is disallowed

Explanation

Cautions for inappropriate goal celebrations apply even if the goal is  disallowed as the impact (safety, image of the game etc.) is the same as  if the goal was awarded.

Goal Kick - Law 16

Changes

The ball is in play once the kick is taken; it can be played before leaving the penalty area

Explanation
The experiment that at a goal kick the ball is in play once it is  kicked, and does not have to leave the penalty area, has created a  faster and more dynamic/constructive restart to the game. It has reduced  the time ‘lost/wasted’ including stopping the tactic of ‘wasting’ time  when a defender deliberately plays the ball before it leaves the penalty  area knowing that all that will happen is the goal kick will be  retaken. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area until the ball  is in play

Handball - Law 12

Changes

Deliberate handball remains an offence

The following ‘handball’ situations, even if accidental, will be a free kick:

The ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking player’s hand/arm

A player gains control/possession of the ball after it has touches  their hand/arm•and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm when it is above their shoulder  (unless the player has deliberately played the ball which then touches  their hand/arm)

The following will not usually be a free kick, unless they are one of the above situations:

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from their own  head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/near

The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which is close to their body and has not made their body unnaturally bigger

If a player is falling and the ball touches their hand/arm when it is  between their body and the ground to support the body (but not extended  to make the body bigger)

If the goalkeeper attempts to ‘clear’  (release into play) a throw-in or deliberate kick from a team-mate but  the ‘clearance’ fails, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball

Explanation
Greater clarity is needed for handball, especially on those occasions  when ‘non- d•eliberate’ handball is an offence. The re-wording follows a  number of principles:

Football does not accept a goal being scored by a hand/arm (even if accidental)

Football expects a player to be penalised for handball if they gain  possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm and gain a major  advantage e.g. score or create a goal-scoring opportunity

It is natural for a player to put their arm between their body and the ground for support when falling.

Having the hand/arm above shoulder height is rarely a ‘natural’  position and a player is ‘taking a risk’ by having the hand/arm in that  position, including whensliding

If the ball comes off the  player’s body, or off another player (of either team) who is•close by,  onto the hands/arms it is often impossible to avoid contact with the  ball

When the GK clearly kicks or tries to kick the ball into  play, this shows no intention to handle the ball so, if the ‘clearance’  attempt is unsuccessful, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball without  committing an offence

Kick-Off - Law 8

Changes

The  team that wins the toss can now choose to take the kick-off or which  goal to attack (previously they only had the choice of which goal to  attack)

Explanation

Recent Law changes have made the  kick-off more dynamic (e.g. a goal can be scored directly from the  kick-off) so captains winning the toss often ask to take the kick-off. 

Medical Breaks - Law 7

Changes

Difference between ‘cooling’ breaks (90 secs – 3 mins) and ‘drinks’ breaks (max 1 min)

Explanation

In the interests of player safety, competition rules may allow, in  certain weather conditions (e.g. high humidity and temperatures),  ‘cooling’ breaks (from ninety seconds to three minutes) to allow the  body’s temperature to fall; they are different from ‘drinks’ breaks  (maximum one minute) which are for rehydration. 

Penalty Kick - Law 14

Changes

The team’s penalty taker can have (quick) treatment/assessment and then take the kick

The goalkeeper must not be touching the goalposts/crossbar/nets; they must not be moving 

The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on/in line with the  goal line when the kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line

Explanation

It is unfair if the kicker needs assessment/treatment and then has to leave the field and cannot take the penalty kick.

The referee must not signal for the penalty kick to be taken if the  goalkeeper is touching the goalposts, crossbar or net, or if they are  moving e.g. the goalkeeper has kicked/shaken them

Goalkeepers are  not permitted to stand in front of or behind the line. Allowing the  goalkeeper to have only one foot touching the goal line (or, if jumping,  in line with the goal line) when the penalty kick is taken is a more  practical approach as it is easier to identify if both feet are not on  the line. As the kicker can ‘stutter’ in the run, it is reasonable that  the goalkeeper can take one step in anticipation of the kick.

Players' Equipment - Law 4

Changes

Multi-coloured/patterned undershirts are allowed if they are the same as the sleeve of the main shirt

Explanation

Manufacturers now make patterned undershirts whose sleeves are the same  as the main shirt sleeve; these should be allowed as they help match  officials’ decision-making. 

Quick free kick and YC/RC - Law 12

Changes

If the referee is about to issue a YC/RC but the non-offending team  takes the free kick quickly and creates a goal-scoring opportunity, the  referee can delay the YC/RC until the next stoppage if the offending  team was not distracted by the referee

Explanation

 Occasionally, an attack is stopped by a cautionable (YC) or sending-off  (RC) offence and the attacking team takes a quick free kick which  restores the ‘lost’ attack; it is clearly ‘unfair’ if this ‘new’ attack  is stopped to issue the YC/RC. However, if the referee has distracted  the offending team by starting the YC/RC procedure, the quick free kick  is not allowed. For a DOGSO offence, the player will be cautioned (YC)  and not sent-off (RC) because the attack was re-started (as when  advantage is applied for a DOGSO offence). 

Substitutes - Law 3

Changes

A player who is being substituted must leave the field by the nearest  point on the touchline/goal line (unless the referee indicates the  player can leave quickly/immediately at the halfway line or a different  point because of safety, injury etc.)

Explanation

To stop a  player who is being substituted ‘wasting’ time by leaving slowly at the  halfway line (which is not a Law requirement) the player must leave at  the nearest point (as with an injury) unless the referee indicates  otherwise, e.g. if the player can leave quickly at the halfway line,  there is a safety/security issue or the player leaves on a stretcher.  The player must go immediately to the technical area or dressing room to  avoid problems with substitutes, spectators, or the match officials.  A  player who infringes the spirit of this Law should be sanctioned for  unsporting behaviour i.e. delaying the restart of play. 

Team Officials - Laws 5 & 12

Changes

A team official guilty of misconduct will be shown a YC (caution) or RC  (sending-off)*; if the offender cannot be identified, the senior coach  who is in the technical area at the time will receive the YC/RC * Law 12  will have a list of YC/RC offences

Explanation

The  experiment with YC/RC for misconduct by team officials has been  successful and has revealed many benefits at all levels, including for  young referees dealing with ‘difficult’ adult coaches.  If the offender  cannot be identified, the senior team official (usually the main coach)  in the technical area will receive the YC/RC (as the person responsible  for the other team officials).


https://www.the-ra.org/news/ifab-law-changes-2019-2020?fbclid=IwAR0YuUBFglXNHs3XllJIw1hu7YV_PpMwpWlPEJB4QDZtG0IBKLi80Z_nUWY