IFAB Rule changes: Is Football really going to change with these new rules?

  • Get accustomed with all these new laws starting 2019/20 season
Modified 08 Mar 2019, 13:30 IST

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The International Football Association Board (IFAB), established in 1886, represent the administrative body which deals the laws and regulations associated with the game.

Despite IFAB represent an autonomous association from FIFA, there is however FIFA representation on the board and it reserves 50% of the voting power. FIFA strictly adheres to IFAB's laws while organizing any football match in the world. The venue for IFAB's 133rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) was in Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen on 2nd March 2019.

One of the most heated debates in football is in fact regarding the handball rules, and this issue was addressed at length during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), with a charter being handed on the urgency for a more accurate and comprehensive approach taken to curb different types of handball offences.

The meeting was completed successfully with an update on the ongoing global usage of the Video Assistant Referees (VARs), where FIFA summarized the amount of success they've gained for the use of VARs at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia. There were furthermore plans for a comprehensive digitization scheme to support FIFA and The IFAB in the method of educating refereeing laws throughout the football fraternity. Apart from The play fair! initiative, a part of IFAB, the meeting also acknowledged to explore other alternatives in which the laws could be implemented to correct on-field conduct.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said,

“Women are nicer than men, probably, generally. Sometimes we men feel that we need to show how strong we are, probably in the human nature, and this is reflected as well in some of the behavior in society in general but also on the football pitch. When it comes to behavior, if there’s something to learn from the women’s game ... it’s certainly this: This is much less time lost and wasted on simulations or on other situations we criticize in the men’s game. We are intervening now.”

Infantino’s appreciation for the admirable conduct of female players is in contrast to predecessor Sepp Blatter, who exhorted the female players to wear snug and tighter kits to make the game more popular.

Here are the four major changes that we get to see.

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Published 08 Mar 2019, 12:57 IST
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