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BALL HITS THE REF and possession changes a drop ball will result

Another key change involves the match officials. If the ball hits a referee and possession changes, the game will be stopped and a drop ball will be used to return possession to the team originally in control of it. See the Drop Ball Page for the new rules on how these restarts work.

“The worst thing for a referee is you get hit by a ball and you create a goal-scoring opportunity for the other team. There are video clips of it actually bouncing off a referee and going directly into the net. It can be a nightmare for the referee.”

Link to the full IFAB Document

Link to the summary presentation

Link to goal kick law changes

Link covering substitutes leaving the pitch

Link covering restarting with a drop ball

Link covering the rules around attackers and mixing with a defensive wall

Link covering the sin-bin arrangements

See A Summary of the full rules here