Date: 19th May 2016 at 9:47am
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Rotherham United players will have to have a look at the new rules before they step onto the football field for the first game of the new season.

One things players must be made aware of is that Referee’s can send players off before the game begins – the rule stating that ‘a player may be ‘sent off’ any time after the referee enters the field of play for the pre-match inspection.’ But the team would be able to put a sub on so they wouldn’t start with a player down.

Another rule change to watch out for is that previously when you stop a player who is in a goal-scoring position in the penalty area it was a straight red card, a automatic suspension and a penalty was given – for this coming season it will just be a yellow. But players will be sent off for holding, pulling or pushing, not playing the ball or having no possibility to play the ball, serious foul play, violent conduct or deliberate handball.

For ever from a kick-off the ball could only be moved forward well from next season the ball will be able to move in any direction.

One good rule change has to be that when a player is injured, and the offender is shown a card, he will be able to be treated on the field of play, if it’s only a ‘quick fix’ the player needs, and won’t be made to leave the pitch.

The International Football Association Board has approved a trial period of video technology to assist referees. But will only be used to determine if a goal has been scored, red cards, penalties and mistaken identity. A number of countries are interested in these trials which include England.

So are these good changes?

What do you think? And are there any rules you’d like to see changed?

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