There have been a slew of rule changes set to be introduced in the 2019-20 season , after the IFAB (International Football Association Board) approved a handful of clarifications to the current Laws of the Game.One of the most notable amendments was in regard to handballs.AdChoices广告Starting from June 1, 2019 onwards, the IFAB have confirmed that a goal scored or created with the use of an accidental handball will not count . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Formerly, rules around handball were based on the offence being deliberate. This is still the case, though now there are more specific examples of what should and should not be penalised.The IFAB have now confirmed that a handball will be awarded if a player makes his body an “unnatural silhouette”, i.e. making his body bigger with his arm. It is also automatically an offence if the arm is above shoulder height.There is now no handball if the ball is deflected onto the arm, or if the ball hits a player using his arm for support.How does the new handball rule work?A free kick or penalty will be awarded if: the ball goes into the goal after touching an attacker’s hand or arm. a player wins ball possession after it comes off their hand or arm and then scores, or creates a goalscoring chance. the ball touches a player’s hand/arm which has made their silhouette unnaturally bigger. the ball touches a player’s hand/arm when it’s raised above their shoulder.There will be no penalty if: the ball touches a player’s hand/arm immediately from their own head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player. the ball touches a player’s hand/arm close to their body and has not made their silhouette unnaturally bigger. a player is falling and the ball touches their hand/arm when it is between their body and the ground (but not extended to make the body bigger). additionally, should the goalkeeper attempt to clear a ball from a teammate but fails, the goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball.And so, gaining possession and scoring as a result of handling the ball will not be allowed – nor will a goal scored directly from handling the ball, regardless of intent.”Deliberate handball remains an offence,” IFAB technical director David Elleray stated. “In the past we’ve managed to improve the laws by focusing on outcome rather than intent.”What we are looking at particularly in attacking situations is where the player gets a clear unfair advantage by gaining possession or control of the ball, as a result of it making contact with their hand or arm.”The outcome of the 2019 Champions League final could have been entirely different if the current rules had been implemented before then.Though the final between Liverpool and Tottenham was played on June 1, the date that the rules became effective, they did not apply to the game as it was the final fixture of the 2018-19 season.Liverpool scored their first goal through a penalty kick when Moussa Sissoko seemed to have struck the ball with his arm , which was already viewed as a harsh decision as it seemed to have hit his chest first.Mohamed Salah dutifully converted the resulting penalty to make it 1-0 to the eventual UCL champions, but going forwards, situations like Sissoko’s would not be penalised as there would be no penalty if “the ball touches a player’s hand or arm directly from their own head, body, foot or the head, body or foot of another player who is near”.Elleray stated the introduction of the “natural silhouette” rule was designed to prohibit defenders placing their arms behind their backs in fear of giving away a free-kick.”We’ve changed it to say the body has a certain silhouette,” said Elleray. “If the arms are extended beyond that silhouette then the body is being made unnaturally bigger, with the purpose of it being a bigger barrier to the opponent or the ball.”Players should be allowed to have their arms by their side because it’s their natural silhouette.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 15:40 IST Steve Smith wishes wife Dani Willis (File Photo: @ACA_Players)Australia batting mainstay Steve Smith wished wife Dani Willis on their first wedding anniversary by sharing a romantic picture of the two on social media.”Happy 1st wedding anniversary @dani_willis thanks for all of your support, guidance and love. I love you!” Smith said in a post on Instagram.Smith, who has taken the ongoing Ashes by storm by scoring a record number of runs and a memorable double hundred, tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Willis on September 15 last year.The couple got engaged in July 2017, when Smith proposed to Willis atop the famous Rockefeller Centre in New York.Smith has amassed a whopping 751 runs in just six innings with a highest score of 211 as he helped the Aussies retain the Ashes. Smith has averaged 125.16 bringing to the fore a comparision between him and the legendary Sir Donald Bradman.Also Read | David Warner is going to be a lock for Australian summer: Ricky PontingAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Dani Willis Steve Smith wishes wife Dani Willis on 1st wedding anniversaryOn the occasion of their 1st wedding anniversary, Steve Smith shared a romantic picture for his wife Dani Willis on social media platform.advertisement