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14 major rule changes Scottish football fans need to know about for the new season

It is not long until the SPFL league season kicks off and referees again become the focus of ire and disgruntlement.

There will likely be more confusion this season with a range of rule changes. Click and scroll through the various changes and tweaks to get a better understanding of what has changed.

A free kick will be awarded if the ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking players hand/arm even if accidental.

1. Handball (1)

A free kick will be awarded if the ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking players hand/arm even if accidental.
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If a player gains control/possession of the ball after it has touches their hand/arm and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity a free-kick will be awarded.

2. Handball (2)

If a player gains control/possession of the ball after it has touches their hand/arm and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity a free-kick will be awarded.
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A free-kick or penalty will be awarded if the ball touches a players hand/arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger.

3. Handball (3)

A free-kick or penalty will be awarded if the ball touches a players hand/arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger.
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If the ball touches a players hand/arm when it is above their shoulder (unless the player has deliberately played the ball which then touches their hand/arm) a penalty or free-kick will be given.

4. Handball (4)

If the ball touches a players hand/arm when it is above their shoulder (unless the player has deliberately played the ball which then touches their hand/arm) a penalty or free-kick will be given.
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