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Date:         Wed, 11 Apr 2001 11:51:32 -0400
Reply-To:     Discussion of Topics for Soccer Referees <[log in to unmask]>
Sender:       Discussion of Topics for Soccer Referees <[log in to unmask]>
From:         Vince Mauro <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:      From FIFA News-April 2001
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> 115th Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association > Board (IFAB) > > Referees to clamp down on holding, Golden Goal in Laws of the Game. > > Football's law-makers will instruct referees to apply the Laws of the Game > more strictly as a means against players who hold their opponents or pull > them by their shirts. The International Football Association Board, > holding its 115th Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh (Scotland) on 10 > March, decided that relevant mandatory instructions would be issued to > match officials throughout the world. > > The stance taken by the International F.A. Board follows an increase in > offences of this type since the introduction of a ban on tackles from > behind, which the referees are also asked to sanction more strictly, and a > ban on simulating fouls, with the fouled player frequently reacting and > the situation tending to escalate. > > Moreover, the Board decided to add the Golden Goal provisions to the Laws > of the Game as a method of determining the winning team along with the > taking kicks from the penalty mark. > > In future, not only the coach but also other team officials, such as the > assistant coach, may-one at a time--convey tactical instructions to the > players during a match. They eventually have to return to their bench but > no longer need to do so immediately. The change was advocated by FIFA on > the recommendation of its Technical Committee. > > Regarding disciplinary action, only a player or substitute or substituted > player may be shown the red or yellow card. A player who has been sent off > must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area. Red > and yellow cards may not be shown to team officials, who in case of > indiscipline are to be reported to the relevant bodies by the referee. > > The celebration of goals is only to be considered as a punishable offence > if it borders on provocation or leads to time-wasting. Contrary to current > regulations, it will no longer automatically be a cautionable offence if a > player takes off his shirt to celebrate a goal. In this respect, the > International F.A. Board and FIFA recognise the natural and emotional joy > of scoring goals. > > The amendments to the Laws come into force on 1 July this year. > > The Board also discussed the experiment in England by which free kicks are > advanced by 9.15 metres (10 yards) when a player of the penalised team > fails to respect the required distance or delays the restart of the game. > The Board felt the results of the ongoing experiments were not yet > sufficiently conclusive and extended the tests for another year, albeit > under slightly modified circumstances. FIFA will also conduct such tests > at this year's U-17 World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago from 14-30 > September as part of the education of young players to respect the Laws of > the Game. > > The experiment with two referees to officiate matches, on the other hand, > has been abandoned, as it not yet yielded sufficient positive results. > > The International F.A. Board acknowledged the importance of artificial > turf and endorsed the quality concept recently introduced by FIFA. It was > also stated that official FIFA qualification matches may be played on > appropriate artificial surfaces because the quality of this type of > surface has improved significantly. Furthermore, the meeting reiterated > that advertising and clubs' logos on goal nets are not allowed. > > The International F.A. Board is constituted by The Football Association > (England), The Scottish Football Association, The Football Association of > Wales, The Irish Football Association and FIFA, each of which is > represented by four delegates. FIFA has four votes on behalf of all > affiliated national associations in membership. The other members > associations each have one vote. For a proposal to succeed, it must > receive the support of at least three-quarters of those present and > entitled to vote. > > If you would prefer not to receive further messages from this sender: > 1. Click on the Reply button. > 2. Replace the Subject field with the word REMOVE. > 3. Click the Send button. > You will receive one additional e-mail message confirming your removal. >

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