I commented on the “first draft” of these rules here Rule changes and nothing has changed my mind to agree or even give them a chance, for reasons people have leuded to here.
Event the PR for it is is poor. David Cliffords picture in the official article is pictured executing a handpass, when its clearly a fist pass!
Anyways, my humble views on the rules and for now the penalty’s for breaking the rules except the black card are irrelevant.
Proposal 1: Hand Pass
Proposal for Experimentation (The Hand Pass): To introduce a restriction of three consecutive passes of the ball with the fist or open hand by players of the team in possession.
The playing of the ball by open hand(s) or fist for the purpose of scoring a point shall not be deemed a hand pass.
This bit bugs me, why cant (or it should be enforced that is) it be part of the 3 passes. So if you go to pass hand/fist pass over the bar and it drops short does it now become one of the 3 passes? Its like a group of pissed off administrators wanted to have the last say to be featured in the minutes.
My Verdict: Waste of time, too many variables, says nothing about when does the allowance revert back to zero i.e. if an opposition touches the ball, if ball touches ground etc…
Proposal 2: Sideline Kick
Proposal for Experimentation (Side-line Kick): The ball shall be played forward from the kick except where the kick is inside the 20m line of the opposing team.
My Verdict: for the hand pass rule they analysed 322 YES 322 games, for this sideline change they analysed 10, YES JUST 10!.. a complete waste of time this change, also given a refs, managers, spectators position it could look as if a ball is played backwards, what happens if he kicks the ball and the wind takes it back…technically the ball has travelled backwards
Proposal 3- The Advanced Mark
- The application of the Mark shall be standardised as follows:
Fifteen seconds shall be allowed for a Free to be taken from a Mark.
My Verdict: perfect for slowing the game down
Proposal 4: Sin-Bin
Proposal for Experimentation (Sin-Bin): To have a Penalty on the day for a Black Card Infraction by ordering off the offending player for ten minutes in a Sin Bin.
The 10 minutes shall commence with the ordering off to the sin-bin and shall end on the expiry of the 10 minutes, irrespective of delays.
- The maximum number of substitutions in normal time to return to five.
- The duties of a Referee and Sideline Official to be amended in accordance with the main Proposal.
Aim: To reduce the reported increase in cynical play/fouling and implement a penalty which encourages behavioral change, as the introduction of the sin-bin will give rise to an immediate material disadvantage for the team that has a player ‘sin binned’. A corollary of this- and perhaps why this proposal was widely supported by players surveyed on these experimental rules during October 2018- is that the player who receives a black card is permitted to return to the field of play after 10 minutes. For players who, perhaps upon considered review, may have been harshly awarded a black card in the first instance, this experimental proposal does offer some form of redemption.
My Verdict: So if you have a lad black carded twice then your subs count goes down to 5, on top of that you have to monitor 10mins disregarding delays, whilst all along the watering down of abuse to the match officials continues. As someone else mentioned, why have the term “irrespective of delays” in it?
any manager worth his salt will wait just 1 minute and then the signal will be made for teammate to go down, maybe even 2teammates to receive treatments and 7 minutes later the black carded player saunters back on ALL WITHIN RULES!!
Utterly pointless and will be hilarious trying to keep in check, especially if you have multiple players black black carded within 2 or 3 minutes of each other
In essence what they have done here is lessened the black card punishment and this stinks of manager and county board influence
The current black card system enhances stronger panels chances at winning, this new rule further makes it stronger
Proposal 5: Kick-Out
Proposal for Experimentation (Kick-Out): The kick-out shall be taken off the ground from a point on the part of the 20 m line that forms the semi-circular arc.
The ball shall not be played by a defending player until the ball has crossed the 45m line (nearest the kick-out point) or is played by an opposing player.
All players, other than the Goalkeeper (and another player if the goalkeeper is not taking the kick-out) shall be outside the 20m line, outside the arc and 13m from the ball until it has been kicked.
My Verdict: So now if players know their kick out wont make the 45m they either purposely foul the ball or let the opposition get it and then start tackling. Will be fantastic on a windy day when the 45m line might aswell be a mile away.
Hope they make the referees book a little bigger, A3 should do it.