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MBABANE – Changes in Laws of the Games will come with surprises for goalkeepers and head coaches.

The new rules will be effective from July 1, 2023.  The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has come up with some new rules for goalkeepers and penalty-takers. As per the new update, the goalkeepers cannot distract the penalty-taker. Moreover, the shot-stopper cannot even touch the goalposts, crossbar, or goal net until the ball is kicked. Goalkeepers have to face a daunting task every now and then of stopping the penalty.


They try to get animated with the taker and are willing to do everything to get a psychological upper hand over the player, to distract them or force an error to contain the ball from going inside the net.  These tactics will be a thing of the past as the IFAB has come up with an update that would cease all the horseplays by the goalkeepers. “The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal-line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts, without touching the goalposts, crossbar or goal net, until the ball is kicked,” IFAB said in their law changes 2023/24 report. “The goalkeeper must not behave in a manner that fails to show respect for the game and the opponent,  that is, by unfairly distracting the kicker,” it added.

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