Latest News in European Football – Major Changes to the Rules of the Game

Alex Campean

Monday, March 4, 2019 11:22 AM UTC

Monday, Mar. 4, 2019 11:22 AM UTC

Every Monday, Alex Campean brings you the latest news in football. Our beloved sport is set to change from June 1, 2019.

<p><strong>Following the IFAB meeting a number of changes to the laws of the game have been introduced for the next season</strong>. Some of them are minor but 5 of them might affect the game in a dramatic way.</p><p>A goal scored directly by touching the player’s hand, voluntarily or involuntarily, and a player scoring or creating a scoring chance after having gained possession or capture the ball from their hand, voluntarily or involuntarily, will no longer be allowed.</p><p>No rebounds from penalty-kicks – The ref will stop the play if a penalty is saved but the keeper or the ball hits the crossbar, meaning there will be no chance to follow up and score from ricochets.</p><p>Goalkeepers will be required to have at least one foot on the line at penalty kicks.</p><p>Substituted players can leave the pitch at the nearest point not only at the halfway line.</p><p>The players will be allowed to touch the ball inside the box after a goal kick after one of their teammates kicks it out.</p><p><strong>Real Madrid superstar striker Gareth Bale</strong> was replaced in the 2nd half of El Clasico and left the pitch to a roaring sound of boos from the home fans. His transfer value has dropped to £63m, meaning Real Madrid are set to make a 30% loss if they sell the 29-year-old in the summer.</p><p><strong>The <a href="" target="_blank">Premier League</a> reigning champs Manchester City</strong> are expected to hand Bernardo Silva a new six-year deal to prevent losing him to the Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona.</p><p><strong>Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus are set for a fierce battle for the signature of Los Blacos’ 26-year-old midfielder Isco</strong>. Real Madrid are ready to sell him this summer. He has played only 620 minutes in the league so far this term and with Santiago Solari at the helm, Isco will not be given many minutes in the end of the season</p><p><strong>North and South Korea</strong> are considering a joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup in the latest signal of thawing relations between the two nations</p>
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