What’s new this season? As far as the DFB’s concerned, a few alterations to the laws of the game were enforced on 1st July. Some deal with the new phenomenon of video assistants, who will play a key role from now on.
• An extra substitution will be allowed from each team during extra time in competitions, regardless of whether they have used up all their three conventional substitutions. • For international friendlies, a maximum of twelve substitutions may be used.
• Small electronic or communications devices may be used in the technical area, so long as they are used for tactical or coaching purposes or for the benefit of the players.
• Match officials may not carry any camera devices.
• Drinks breaks may last no longer than one minute. • Time lost through drinks breaks or VAR checks must be factored into added time.
• A goalkeeper who has been substituted on during a penalty shootout may only take a penalty if the goalkeeper who was substituted off has himself already taken a penalty along with all other members of the team.
• An offside ruling must be decided in relation to the player’s first contact with the ball.
• Biting belongs to the list of offences, punishable with a sending off and a direct free kick. • Throwing an object in the direction of the ball or striking the ball with an object in one’s hand will be penalized with a direct free kick (no longer considered a hand-ball). • When a goalkeeper spills the ball from his hands or arms, he may try to gather the ball once more, even if the first attempt was intentional. • If a player commits a foul during a goalscoring opportunity, the referee must book him regardless of whether a goal would have been scored or not. • Two consecutive, individual offences will both be punished in their own right. • If a player off the field commits a misdemeanor against a person on his own team (including team staff) whilst the ball is in play, an indirect free kick will be awarded on the sideline.
• Free kicks may be awarded against a substitute, substituted player, sent-off player or team official.
• A player must be standing when taking a throw-in (sitting or kneeling are not permitted).###more###