5 Important Rule Changes to Soccer

Important Rule Changes to Soccer

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The game of soccer has gone through a number of changes and innovations. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil saw the vanishing spray adapted to the game and it will also be adopted by the 2014-15 English Premier League season. Here is a list of five important innovations that have been made to the game of soccer.

5. Vanishing Spray

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5. Vanishing Spray

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The vanishing spray has been in use in Brazil since the 80s and in 2014 it made its debut in the World Cup. The aerosol based spray is used to mark the location of the ball and the defensive wall during free kicks. This spray will help players and officials keep track of the proper distance between the defense and the ball without giving one an unfair advantage.

4. Goal-line Technology

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4. Goal-line Technology

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Another innovation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Goal-line technology came in handy during the competition, but coaches still complained that the awarding of the goals were too late as there were delays because of video confirmation.

3. Goal-line referee

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3. Goal-line referee

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UEFA’s answer to Goal-line technology. The additional referee offers an extra set of eyes on the goal-line to catch incidents of ghost goals as well as foul play that the main official might miss. The Goal-line referee also maintains the human aspect of the game.

2. Offside

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2. Offside

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The current offside rule cam is quite an improvement compared to the original version. The original rule stipulated that no attacking player could be ahead of the ball. This rule made it so that teams could only penetrate or advance by dribbling the ball or in a scrum. The changes to this rule paved the way for the passing game.

1. Introduction of the Penalty

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1. Introduction of the Penalty

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The penalty kick did not originally exist in the game of soccer. As the game developed, there was an assumption that a gentleman would never intentionally foul another player. Gradually, the game became more competitive and the penalty was created. The introduction of the penalty kick paved the way for the referee, as someone needed to judge fouls.

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