Monday, April 21, 2014
10 Rules Changes to Enhance MLS
FIFA has been slow to evolve. This is not anything new and just about anyone would agree.
American sports fans have high demands for their sports and they insist on common sense and the best possible drama in every match.
Ten (10) Proposed Rule Amendments/Changes for Professional Soccer:
I. Each 45-Minute Half counts down to 0 seconds:
b. Games played in overtime are decided by first goal scored (Golden Goal).
c. Overtime is considered 15-minutes of continuous play after the end of regulation.
II. 4 Time-breaks per half: 90-seconds each:
b. First Stoppage of play under 30 minutes.
c. First Stoppage of play under 20 minutes.
d. First Stoppage of play under 10 minutes.
III. Besides time-breaks, the clock runs continuously except under 4 conditions;
b. When a player receives a Red card.
c. When a player is injured and must receive care on the field or player voluntarily asks to be removed from the game.
d. From the 2-Minute Mark before either half ends, the clock will stop for any blown whistle or ball out of bounds and start back counting down to 0-seconds after ball comes back into play.
IV. Substituting players is permissible;
b. Players may re-enter the game as many times as needed by their respective team.
c. A player that is injured on the field during game action and must receive care on the field must be substituted for immediately.
d. The only time an injured player is allowed to re-enter a game is if the injury happened in the first half; The player re-enters only for the second half after the under 20-minute mark.
e. A player who receives a Red card must leave the game immediately and must be substituted for immediately. A Penalty Kick should take place for team suffering heinous foul. Also, the penalty for a player who receives a Red card will be issued by league administration after the game is completed. League officials will determine the length of suspension depending on the severity of the foul. Also, suspension will result in loss of pay for player.
V. 2 Instant Replay Challenges per game allowed for each team, 1 Challenge per half;
b. Challenges will be reviewed by officials in a replay booth and the call on the field will either be rendered as unchanged or changed to the correct call.
c. Teams may retain their challenge if a challenged was determined to be the correct call.
d. Teams are given an additional challenge for an overtime period.
VI. Rule Changes for Goalkeepers;
b. Goalkeepers must throw the ball back into action after any handling of the ball with their hands.
c. If Goalkeepers handle the ball with their hands, they are only permitted
4 steps in any direction before they throw the ball back into action.
VII. Additional Referee to assist in monitoring fouls and fair play;
a. 2 Referees will consistently watch live action by positioning themselves inside the field of play. Thus, with 1 Referee calling the action on each sideline, a total of 4 Referees are engaged to manage play during the entire game.
VIII. Changes in the dimensions of the Goalpost and Markings on the field;
b. Standard Goalpost will be widened by one foot from 24 feet to 25 feet wide.
c. Both the standard boxed rectangular goal Line six yards by 12 yards from end-line near goal and standard boxed rectangular penalty Line 18 yards by 44 yards from end-line near goal will be removed as Sight Lines for field of play (Out of bounds balls by offense past the end line will be kicked back into play by opposing team from where the ball exited the end line).
d. New Sight Line for Goalkeeper/Penalty area is defined by a Semi-circle that has a radius of 22 yards (the 22 yard radius begins its measurement from the center point of the goal-line exactly halfway between the goalposts).
e. A new mark of 15 yards will replace the 12 yards mark for Penalty-kicks.
IX. Changes to the Offside Rule and New Field Markings;
b. Offside rule will maintain its intent for all aspects of the field of play except under certain conditions when the ball enters beyond the Onside Line.
c. Changes to the Offside Rule apply when a team is on offense and the player controlling the ball travels with the ball beyond the Onside Line.
d. Players while on offense controlling the ball may make passes to teammates at will after entering beyond the Onside Line.
e. If the ball travels back in the other direction over the Onside Line towards mid-field, then the Offside Rule reapplies.
f. 2 of the 4 Dashed Field Markings making up the Onside Line will be attached to the Side-end touch lines, and the other 2 will be marked halfway between the Apex of the Goalkeeper/Penalty area and the Side-end touch lines.
g. The Onside Line(s) is 22 yards from the End/Goal lines.
X. 2-Point Goal;
b. Goal must be scored directly by player without the ball touching any other player positioned inside the Goalkeeper/Penalty area to be considered for 2 points.
c. Goal is considered 2 points if on its way to scoring it touches another position player from either team situated outside the Goalkeeper/Penalty area.
Originally Posted August/2011