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Six rule changes that will impact Aston Villa and Wolves next season

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 24/07/2022 John Townley

Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to be impacted by six alterations to the laws of football this coming season.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) determines the game’s laws and they have confirmed the changes which will be made in the Premier League from the start of next season. The most high-profile alteration is of course the implementation of five substitutes, which will be made permanent.

It was something that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Man City manager Pep Guardiola had called on for years, and the rule had initially been a temporary measure throughout the pandemic. However, teams can only make the changes at three separate points in the match, other than half-time and for an injury stoppage, in order to combat the game being broken up persistently.

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Another rule that has been amended is Law 14. Goalkeepers will now be allowed to have one foot behind the goal line during a penalty kick. On the subject of penalties, during a shoot-out, team officials can now be booked and dismissed under Law 10.

Two changes to Law 12 mean an indirect free-kick can be awarded from where a player exits the field if they assault an 'outside agent' such as a fan or a pitch invader. This can only occur when the ball is in play, otherwise play restarts from where the preceding throw-in, free-kick, goal kick or penalty was awarded.

The new-look Law 12 also tidies up any doubt that the goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball inside the area amid a goalscoring opportunity - or namely that anyone but the goalkeeper cannot.

Lastly, the most left-field change sees Law 8 change its terminology. The phrase ‘referee tosses the coin’ has been added to specifically outline who does the coin toss - beforehand, anyone could have conducted the pre-kick-off ritual.

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