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FIFA will add new rules for goalies in shootouts

FIFA set to introduce new penalty rule to limit 'mind games' by goalies

January 27, 2023 By Oscar Rojas
In the spirit of Fair Play, football's governing body will not tolerate some antics before the shot is taken in a penalty shootout.

One of the main sources of criticism for FIFA during the last World Cup were the antics of goalkeepers during penalty shootouts, and it seems that football's governing body has decided to take matters into its own hands to prevent those incidents from happening.

A recent report by The Sun states that FIFA's International Football Association Board, the branch that studies all the rules and its improvements, has decided to apply new rules against goalkeepers who try to get inside their rivals' heads prior to taking a penalty kick.

The Sun's report clarifies that all incidents prior to the shooter taking the penalty kick will be closely looked at, so that Fair Play is followed and no taunts, trash-talk, or antics such as kicking the ball away from the opposing player take place during these scenarios.

This decision seems to come after the antics pulled off by Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the crucial shootout that ended with Argentina winning the title. During that shootout, Martínez denied Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni, but before doing so, he pulled off a significant amount of stunts to get inside their minds. His display was reprimanded by ref Szymon Marciniak, who booked him after France had taken three penalties out of four they took in the clash.

The new rule will also prevent goalkeepers from dancing on the goal line or trash-talking to their rivals, which was also a common thing during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In fact, Australian goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne made global headlines for his antics on the goal line, which ended with the Socceroos beating Peru in the intercontinental playoffs.

Earlier reports added that goalkeepers would also be warned if they took their celebrations too far when saving a penalty, but that has been dismissed by The Sun's source. All new changes to this rule will be announced in March, prior to the first international break of the year.


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