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Drop ball restarts will now be uncontested

 The drop ball restart is undergoing a makeover

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Drop balls will now be uncontested and the team that's not in possession can be no closer than four metres to the ball.

Whatever the reason for the stoppage, including moments when play is stopped due to an injury, the team in possession of the ball will resume their possession wherever play was halted. This removes the need for acts of fair play that sometimes involve a team blasting the ball long distances as a means of returning possession to the opposition. 

“All the gamesmanship of dropping the ball and kicking it out of bounds all the way down to the corner, or trying to take advantage and starting an attack, all of that is going to be gone."

"This law change is designed to improve the attractiveness of the game.”

Link to the summary presentation

Link to goal kick law changes

Link covering substitutes leaving the pitch

Link covering the rule about changed possession if the ball hits the ref

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

Link to the full IFAB Document