Rule changes to the beautiful game that all Leeds United fans need to know

Think you know the rules of football? Think again.

Monday, 2nd September 2019, 10:08 am

The laws of the game have been tweaked as football continue to figure out the best way forward in a world of changing technology. So how well do you know the changes which came into force in June? READ MORE: 18 photos you'll only understand if you watched Leeds United beat Brentford | Why Leeds United could be affected by VAR this season

When there is a wall of three or more players attackers are not allowed within one metre of it.
A new change means that the ball is in play as soon as it is touched and it can be played inside the 18-yard box. Opposition players are still not allowed in the box until the ball is played.

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Players being taken off and replaced must now leave the pitch by the nearest point on the touchline. Fans are no longer forced to watch ludicrously slow walks to the half way line.
If Leeds United win the coin toss captain Liam Cooper now has a choice of picking which half to attack or to kick-off. Previously it was just which half to attack.
Refs will be able to show them yellow or red cards, in the same way they do with players. If there is a touchline melee and the Leeds offender cannot be identified, Bielsa will be shown the card.
No goal in cases where the ball accidentally strikes a player's hand before crossing over the line. If a player accidentally handles the ball and creates an advantage or subsequently scores, they will be penalised with a free kick
The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on or in line with the goal line.
If play is stopped inside the penalty area the ball will simply be dropped for the goalkeeper. If it is stopped outside the penalty area the ball will be dropped for a player from the team that last touched the ball.
And finally. Video Assistant Referees (VAR) is currently used in the Premier League but not the Championship. It will be used in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this season but only in PL grounds where technology is already in place.