THE Competition is set for a major overhaul as Uefa try and speed up the game while reducing controversy
A HOST of football law changes are set to be brought into the Champions League next season - including 12 subs, no drop balls and an overhaul of handball decisions.
The new Laws were adopted by the International FA Board, comprised of the four Home Nations and four representatives from Fifa, in Aberdeen in March.
SunSport runs you through what you will see in the next campaign - and what you won’t. And one rule will even be on show at this year's final on June 1 when Liverpool take on Spurs.
- Attacking players can no longer infiltrate defensive walls of three or more players at free-kicks. Instead, the attacking side must be at least one metre away from the wall or concede an indirect free-kick.
- Goal kicks and free-kicks inside your own box no longer have to leave the penalty area to be “in play” although the other side are not allowed inside the area until the ball has been made live.
- Drop balls can now be given straight to the goalkeeper if play was stopped inside the box. Outside the box, the ball will be dropped for the team that last touched it and all other players from both teams must be four metres away.
- If an attacking player uses his hand or arm to either score or create a goal-scoring chance, even if accidentally, it will be a handball offence and the goal wiped out. Any incident of the ball striking the arm above shoulder height will be handball, unless the player kicks or heads it against themselves. Handball will be deemed if any player has made themselves “unnaturally bigger” - by throwing arms out. This is the “natural silhouette” interpretation.
- At a penalty, the goalkeeper now needs to have only one foot on the line when the kick is taken. Keepers are not allowed to touch the post, bar or net before the kick is taken.
- A substituted player MUST leave the pitch at the nearest point, rather than only on half-way as before. This should cut down time-wasting.
- Coaches and managers will now be handed red and yellow cards at all levels for misconduct. This happened in the EFL this season but not the Premier League
- The side winning the toss will have choice of kick-off OR ends
- In a change to Uefa regulations, up to 12 players will be allowed on the bench for European finals starting from Liverpool's clash with Tottenham. Prem clubs are expected to stick with seven on the bench.
AND ONE THAT ISN’T HAPPENING
Some European newspapers are reporting that rebounds are no longer allowed at penalties.
That was discussed by Ifab but rejected before it was put to a vote. If the keeper saves a penalty or it comes back off the woodwork, in normal play, the ball is still live