Football’s governing bodies are always striving to making football a better sport.
And they’re doing a… great job.
Here are seven new rules coming to the Premier League next season.
To prevent time wasting, players can now leave the pitch at the nearest point to them.
No more slow walks to the fourth official, taking your wrist tape and shin pads off.
With a defensive wall of three or more defenders, attackers are not allowed within one yard of the wall.
This will supposedly stop opposition players interfering with the wall. That doesn’t seem fair though.
Officially no more drop balls! An age old, chaotic method of restarting play is no more.
Whoever touches the ball last gets the ball. Pretty simple.
Goalkeepers have long been menaces when preparing to face penalties, but they’re being watched.
Next season, they will officially not be allowed to:
Touch the goal frame
Move along their line
Sprint off their line
Stand behind the line
From next season, a goal-kick is in play from the moment the ball is kicked.
Before, a goal-kick had to leave the area before being in play. Not anymore.
A goal scored directly from the hand/arm will no longer be allowed.
This had long been the case, but even accidental handballs will be punished. Take notes, strikers!
Players can now be booked for their celebration – even if the goal is disallowed.
We have absolutely no idea who thought this was a good idea. But we’re hardly surprised.