Hit or miss? Top football rules expected to affect the beautiful game we fell in love with

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Football is set to change from June 1, 2019, with an IFAB meeting deciding on the rules that will be altered from the summer onwards.

Some are minor, while others are a lot more dramatic.

Here, we take a look at the major five changes.

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  • Play will stop for a restart if a penalty is saved or hits the post, meaning there will be no chance to follow up and score from rebounds, meaning players will no longer need to line up on the edge of the area.
  • From June 1, goals scored that have hit a player’s hand – voluntarily or involuntarily – will not be allowed.
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  • When a player is withdrawn they will no longer have to leave the field at the halfway line and will instead be permitted to leave the pitch at the nearest point.
  • Players can touch the ball in the area after a goalkeeper kicks it out. Until now, players could not touch goal kicks before they exited the box, but now they will be able to.
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  • Coaches will receive cards again. It has been done in the past, but discipline of coaches changed to simple reprimands or sendings off. Now they are able to receive yellow and red cards much like players.

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