Referees participate in National Camp. (Canada Soccer)
CanPL to implement updated Laws approved by IFAB
Canada Soccer confirmed it received permission from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to implement the 2019-20 Laws of the Game for this year’s Canadian Championship.
In addition, the Canadian Premier League will implement a list of changes the IFAB approved earlier this month.
The changes are as follows:
- A more precise and detailed definition of what constitutes a handball;
- A player being substituted now must leave the field at the nearest boundary line;
- Yellow and red cards can now be issued for misconduct by team officials;
- The ball no longer has to leave the penalty area on goal kicks and defending team free kicks;
- Measures will be taken to deal with attacking players causing problems in the defensive “wall,” including requiring attacking players to keep a distance of one metre;
- Changing the dropped ball procedure;
- Giving a dropped ball in certain situations when the ball hits the referee;
- The goalkeeper only being required to have one foot on the goal line during a penalty kick attempt.
Canadian Premier League players and staff will be introduced to the new Laws upon gathering in the Dominican Republic next month for the continuation of preseason.