New football rule would be introduced to the game of football ahead of the coming season and the rules are already in test at the FIFA World Club Cup tournament in Abu Dhabi.
The tournament is often used to test new rules as to whether the rules can stand the test of time, there are little differences in this year’s competition in terms of officiation.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was introduced in the tournament two years back and now it is widely accepted across Europe and was even used at the World Cup in order to reduce human’s error in the game.
The rule test in this year’s competition is that opposition players are now allowed to intercept a goal kick which was not allowed in the time past.
As things stand, no player can touch the ball in the 18-yard box after a goalkeeper restarts play, but that is set to change.
Players will still have to be outside the area when the kick is taken, but are then free to move forward and intercept, bringing an end to one of football’s most bizarre rules.
Another rule that would help to prevent time wasting is this, once a player is substituted such a player does not need to walk halfway the pitch before leaving the pitch, such a player will have to leave the field from the point closer to him.
As for discipline, players who are sent off will miss their subsequent match, irrespective of the competition.
The new modifications in the football rules would be approved in March but they are experimented Abu Dhabi in the ongoing FIFA World C