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4 New Football Rules That Every Player Needs to Follow

The recent injunction that the handball rule will not be reviewed after Gabriel Jesus’s goal was disallowed compelled us to think more about the new regulations. Indeed, it is high time to brush up on the latest football rules. The accidental handball rule—one of the several rule changes in the Premier League (PL).

An unalluring a rule it is, the disallowed goal could’ve given Manchester City its 16th consecutive win. Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s boss, said they accept the video assistant referee’s (VAR) decision.

Here Are 4 New Rules in Football

Accidental handballs

As discussed above, a player is no longer allowed to score a goal or create a goalscoring play by controlling the ball that accidentally involved the hand or arm. If the goal was made, like in the case of Jesus, it would not be counted.

Deliberate handballs were already disallowed aeons ago. When the ball hits the hand of any player in the attacking team so they can have the advantage to score a goal, the referee would call it. The role of the VAR has more weight since the referee cannot always see what’s going on in the field.

To make it clear, the rule applies to the attacking team, not necessarily to the defenders when they are inside their own box.

Drop balls

A drop ball, or having two players aiming at the ball while standing 30 centimetres apart from one another with the referee at the middle, will no longer be seen this and the next seasons. 

The official play will recommence by giving the ball possession to the opposing team against the team that touched the ball last. The questions are central to whether the players would return to their original positions or not or if they can use the penalty area to restrategize. 

Another somewhat controversial aspect was the restart of the game when it stopped at the penalty regardless of whose possession it was.

Goal kicks

The play starts the moment the player kicks the ball. A goalkeeper kicks the ball into the midfield, and the players would engage in a duel by the halfway line. When the defender receives the ball, he would have opposition players pressing them. Interception at the penalty area occurs. This would require the referee to restart the play.

With the new rule, the goalkeeper can pass the ball to any teammate within the penalty area. In this way, passing commences sooner against the possibility of a high press. This aims to be a quick pass play, but, in reality, this goal kicks rule only slows the entire game.

Free kick walls

If there’s a defensive wall, the attackers cannot go against the defenders directly. They should be at least within a yard of the wall. Since free kicks usually happen within 30 yards, the tendency is to have attacking players trying to penetrate the wall, so they are at the goalkeeper’s line of sight. This allows the goalkeeper to pass it to a teammate easily.

The attacking-defending situation always ends up in a foul. Attackers would prevent the defenders from jumping and block the shot. Offences are not usually easy to spot when they happen.

Again, this requires a more in-depth analysis because forming a defensive wall may no longer be valuable if there are no attacking players around it. Not to mention the one-yard requirement wherein precisely measuring it would be another impediment.


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Football Legends Weighed In: Messi is better than Ronaldo

The perennial question remains: Which is the better football player: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi and Ronaldo have their fair share of successes, failures, and trials throughout their football career. And the stats can only say so much.

But it’s a different scenario when the football legends themselves are the ones picking who they think is the better player between the two football superstars. From all sides of the field, though, it’s clear who they are rooting for.

1) David Beckham, a football superstar

When asked about what he thinks of the players’ performance, Beckham said, “While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both better than the rest, Ronaldo does not reach the level of Messi.” Beckham also said that “They have similarities in their technical skills and talent, and it is amazing for football to have them both present, but Messi is simply the best player in the world.”

2) Steven Gerrard, one of the greatest midfielders

Comparing Messi and Ronaldo, Gerrard said that, “I think they’re both operating on a different planet to every footballer that’s ever lived… But Messi for me is more of a team player. If he’s in on goal, he’ll look for a pass, as well as posting good numbers individually as well.”

3) Pep Guardiola, one of the greatest managers of all-time

Guardiola was asked to comment and has this to say: “Messi is the best, he is the best. He knows how to play, score and make the other players play. He is always there. With all the respect to all the players, first to Cristiano Ronaldo—congratulations to him for the award—I think Messi is on another level.”

4) Jose Mourinho, one of the most successful managers of all-time

Mourinho once said that “For me, the top three players in history are Messi, Pele, and Maradona.” He said this via Express. However, he also said in 2013 that “I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing. This man is the best.” He made the remarks after Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or.

5) Diego Simeone, a legendary figure in Atlético Madrid’s history

Simeone noted that Messi performs best when surrounded by top football players. He also said, “If I had to choose between Messi and Ronaldo, then most likely I would choose Messi.”

6) Pele, one of the greatest football players of all-time

Pele, who scored more than 1,000 goals, would always choose Messi, saying “I would still stay with Messi. Scoring is important, no doubt, but if you do not have anyone to prepare, then the ball is not enough. For my team I prefer Messi. As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s a great goal scorer.”

Messi seems to be a favourite among the legends that even Beckham would want to sign either one of them. Beckham also said that “if you look at the way Leo and Cristiano are still playing, even at what you might think is the later stage of their careers, I don’t see it ending for them.”


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