Keepers may only have to keep one foot on the goal-line for penalties

Keepers may only have to keep one foot on the goal-line for penalties as law-makers ditch ‘ABBA’ shootout after negative feedback from clubs

  • IFAB has recommended a number of law changes for the 2019-20 season
  • Goalkeepers could only have to keep one foot on the goal-line at penalties 
  • Dropped balls will be brought in for times when the referee is hit by a ball
  • The ‘ABBA’ style of penalty shootouts will not be continued after feedback 

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The International Football Association Board has recommended law changes for the 2019-20 season which could see goalkeepers have just one foot on the goal-line when a penalty is taken.

The meeting in Glasgow – chaired by Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell – saw football’s law-makers discuss several amendments to current rules, such as dropped ball procedures and fine-tuning to the positioning of goalkeepers at spot-kicks.

Currently goalkeepers must remain on the goal-line until the penalty taker has struck the ball.

One of IFAB's potential rule changes is for keepers to need one foot on the line for penalties

One of IFAB’s potential rule changes is for keepers to need one foot on the line for penalties

Currently they are required to have both feet on the line when the ball is struck by the taker

Currently they are required to have both feet on the line when the ball is struck by the taker

From the 2019-20 campaign, if approved, a dropped ball will be given if the ball hits the referee and a goal is scored, team possession changes or an attacking move is created.

Other recommendations, which have received positive feedback during trials, included substitutes leaving the pitch at the nearest boundary line and the ball not having to leave the penalty area at goal kicks.

IFAB also noted ‘absence of strong support’ for the ‘ABBA’ system during penalty shootouts and will not be regarded as an option in future competitions.

These proposals will be discussed at IFAB’s next meeting in Scotland on March 2, 2019 and, if agreed, will be included in the new laws from June 1, 2019.

A dropped ball could be given if the referee is hit and it leads to a goal or change in possession

A dropped ball could be given if the referee is hit and it leads to a goal or change in possession


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