Often when law changes are made by the International Football Association Board they often pass under the radar unnoticed writes former Premier League referee Keith Hackett

So in this article I will attempt to make sure that you are aware of them.kh

The one that will I am sure cause a degree of debate during the season will centre around the denial of a goal scoring opportunity (DOGSO)where there is a major change

Denying a goal scoring opportunity inside the penalty area is no longer an automatic red card unless the offence committed is holding, pulling or pushing or there is no attempt to play or no possibility of making a challenge for the ball.

The lawmakers also point out that if the offence would have received a red card anywhere else on the field then a red card will be applied if a similar incident occurs in the penalty area. Violent conduct for example

These changes will certainly promote debate and no doubt the referee will come under pressure when faced with having to make a DOGSO decision this season

Incidentally for DOGSO offences outside the penalty area the punishment remains the same has last season a straight red

Referees have been advised that the position for the restart on an offside decision is from where the offence was committed.

The law states that this includes in the players own half and this I am sure will be a very rare occasion

An offence against a match official will now result in a direct free kick or penalty kick if the offence is inside the penalty area

The ball no longer has to move forward as we saw in the European Championships the forward was kicking it directly back to a team mate.

If a player is injured by an opponent who receives either a yellow or red card for the offence the injured player can be treated on the field of play

Other technical changes have also come into effect logos can now be placed on corner flags

A player leaving the field of play to change his boots can only be signalled back on by the referee

Referees can now apply a one armed advantage signal if a substitute, team official or outside agent unsuccessfully attempts to stop a ball going back into the goal the referee can apply the advantage rule and award a goal.

Article: Keith Hackett (www.you-are-the-ref.com)

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