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New rules already in women’s World Cup

Blue Card, Pause for Injured, Passive Game: The World Championship IHF will already introduce five new rules at the Women’s World Championships from 5th to 20th December in Denmark.

The IHF informed the WM participants, as the German Handball Association announced. Originally, the new rules that were tested at the Junior World Championships in the summer and found to be good by the IHF Regulatory Commission should not enter into force until July 1st.

These five innovations concern the new blue card, the last minute of the game, a seventh fielder, passive play and injury breaks. In addition, as with the men’s World Cup in January, the video proof is used in Qatar.

According to the new rules, gross fouls or irregularities in the last thirty seconds are basically to be compensated with a red card and a penalty throw for the attacking team. This innovation has been in force since this season in the Bundesliga, the remainder still needs to be approved by the IMF. If an additional report is to be produced after a disqualification, which entails an automatic lock, the referees will also show a blue card after the red card.

The new time rule will give you even more dynamism. After displaying the “passive game”, the attacking team may only play up to six passes before the attack is whistled. So far, this decision has been at the discretion of the referees.

The new rules are in the overview:

Seventh fielder instead of goalie:
In future, a seventh fielder does not need to be marked as goalie in a different color jersey or body. Then he or she may no longer perform the “tasks” of the goalkeeper and enter for example the six-meter room, otherwise there will be a penalty. However, it is still allowed to designate a seventh fielder as a “substitute goalkeeper” who may then enter the gateroom in defence.

Injured players:
“As a consequence of previous tournaments, where apparently injured players tried to stop the flow of the opponent’s game by doing so, According to the IHF, the Regulatory Commission has decided to reduce the number of treatments in the field, only in justified cases should the referees leave officers of the teams in the field.

If he is treated in the field, However, the injured player must pause three attacks by his team on the bench before returning to the field. His team must fill the vacancy with another player. These three attacks are monitored by the game officials. If the player enters the field earlier, he/she receives a two-minute penalty for false change. Two cases are excluded from these rules. First treatment of goalkeepers after head-to-head meetings and second, if the opponent receives a progressive punishment after a foul (yellow card, two minutes, red card), the player/player may remain in the field.

Passive game/time game:
If the referees give the signal for time play, the attacking team may play six more passes before being blown off and the opponent receives the ball. These six passes are not interrupted even then, if the opposing team has blocked a throw or the attackers receive a free throw.

Special regulations for the last 30 seconds:
Since this season in the Federal League of Men and Women, the new regulation concerning fouls in the last 30 seconds has been implemented and not, as 2010 decided by the IMF, in the last minute of the game. If a defensive player commits a gross irregularity during this period, or blocks for example a pitch or free throw, he/she receives a red card (without additional report) and –this is new –the attacking team automatically a seven meter. However, not every foul is detected in the last thirty seconds according to this rule.

Blue Card:
To make clear immediately to all parties after a red card whether an additional report follows, which then takes a decision of the disciplinary commission in the case of the IMF (automatic lockdown), In such cases, the referees will also show a blue card after the red card.

video proof:
In addition, the video proof is used in Denmark, as in the men’s world championship in Qatar in January. The IMF has also extended the framework for this technical assistance to arbitrators. In future, it can be used in the following situations:

– Tor or no Tor

– Tor after the end of the game period or not

– Unfair actions in the back of referees

– Red Card against a wrong player

– “Pack formation”

– For questions, whether players should receive a red or blue card

– Wrong change


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