Penalty rules changed halfway through Women's World Cup
The change comes after a number of controversial incidents regarding penalties at the World Cup
World Cup penalties always come under extra scrutiny.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has announced a change to rules surrounding penalties halfway through the Women's World Cup after a number of high-profile and controversial incidents.
A statement published on IFAB's website stated that the rule change would come about as a "temporary dispensation".
"The IFAB Board of Directors today approved a request from FIFA for a temporary dispensation relating to Kicks from the Penalty Mark (KFPM) in Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019," read the statement.
— The IFAB (@TheIFAB) June 21, 2019
Their reason for the rule change was as follows:
- The presence of VARs acts as a far greater deterrent than the caution.
- The presence of VARs greatly increases the likelihood of any offence being detected and, as goalkeepers are likely to face a number of kicks during KFPM, there is a higher risk that a goalkeeper will be sent off for receiving a second caution if already cautioned in normal time, or two cautions during the KFPM.
- Unlike during ‘normal time’, when a sent-off goalkeeper can usually be 'replaced' by the team substituting an outfield player for a specialist reserve goalkeeper, substitutions are not allowed in KFPM so an outfield player would have to become the goalkeeper.
The statement follows a number of incidents in which goalkeepers were booked and penalties retaken after they were deemed to have stepped off their lines as penalty kicks were being taken.
This led - in one case - to Scotland's goalkeeper Lee Alexander being booked during her team's 3-3 draw with Argentina, before the South Americans were allowed to retake a penalty which was scored and would ultimately eliminate the Scots from the competition.