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What's new for 2022/23: Law change for penalties

26 Jul 2022
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Clarification established on where goalkeeper's feet must be when spot-kick is taken

Ahead of the 2022/23 season starting on 5 August, here are things you will see for the first time.

Goalkeepers' position on penalties

The position of a goalkeeper before and when any penalty kick is taken has been amended for this season.

The IFAB Laws of the Game now states the following:

"Law 14: The Penalty Kick
"When the ball is kicked, the defending goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot touching, or in line with, or behind, the goalline."

Previously the goalkeeper was required to have part of at least one foot on/above the goalline at the moment when a penalty, or kick from the penalty mark, was taken.

Consequently, if the goalkeeper had one foot in front of the goalline and one behind it, this was technically an offence even though no unfair advantage was gained. The wording of Law 14 has been amended to avoid such a position being penalised.

Also in this series

Part 1: Five substitutes
Part 2: Nike Flight ball
Part 3: New match officials
Part 4: Premier League 2 changes age limit
Part 6: New match postponement guidance
Part 7: Offsides
Part 8: Multiball system

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