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older-codger

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Am I to understand that the rules for kick-off have been changed? The rule was always that the ball had to move forward by its circumference before being touched by another player. For years the kick off has not been valid under the rules since the receiving player always stands offside, but never enforced.

Watching the Euros, it would appear that this rule has been changed and on a few occasions, the ball has been hit backwards to the receiving player standing yards behind the kicker.
 

Antony Moxey

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How is the receiving player offside? When the ball first kicked every player is in his own half.
 

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It's one of the new laws that have been introduced in time for the Euros. The ball can be played in any direction from the kick off.
 

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But isn't that then the ref's fault for allowing the kick-off to take place? Surely the rule is that when a centre is taken everyone is in their own half.
 
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