The world of football has undergone a significant change as the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has introduced a new law. The new law forbids goalkeepers from distracting penalty-takers. This change has been inspired by the tactics of the Argentine goalkeeper, Emi Martinez. Who gained recognition for his penalty-saving skills during the 2022 World Cup final against France.
The New (Anti Emi Martinez) law
The new law, which was approved on Friday, requires goalkeepers to remain on the goal line. Facing the kicker, between the goalposts, without touching the goalposts, crossbar or goal net until the ball is kicked.
The goalkeeper must not behave in a manner that fails to show respect for the game and the opponent. Which includes unfairly distracting the kicker by delaying the taking of the kick or touching the goalposts, crossbar, or goal net. Failure to adhere to this rule may result in disciplinary action against the goalkeeper.
AC Milan And France Goalkeeper
This change has caused a stir among some goalkeepers, including AC Milan stopper Maignan. Who took to Twitter to ridicule the new rule. However, the IFAB has made it clear that the purpose of the rule is to ensure fairness and respect for the game and the opponent. The use of distracting tactics by goalkeepers during penalty kicks has long been a controversial topic. And this new rule is expected to eliminate such actions.
Nouvelles règles de l’IFAB pour les penalties en 2026:— Magic Mike Maignan (@mmseize) March 25, 2023
🔄Les gardiens devront être de dos au moment du tir
❌En cas d’arrêt, coup-franc indirect https://t.co/nRpa0wi0b2
The inspiration behind this new law is undoubtedly Emi Martinez, who played a significant role in Argentina’s victory in the 2022 World Cup final against France. In that game, two French players missed their penalties against Martinez. Who saved both kicks with his quick reflexes and psychological tactics. His tactics, which included delaying play and making gestures with the penalty taker, drew criticism from some quarters but ultimately proved successful.
Martinez’s success in the World Cup final has led to the IFAB’s decision to introduce this new rule, which aims to eliminate such tactics by goalkeepers during penalty kicks. This change is a step towards ensuring fair play and equal opportunity for all players involved in the game.
The introduction of the new rule by the IFAB, which forbids goalkeepers from distracting penalty-takers, is a new development in the world of football. The rule has been inspired by the tactics of Emi Martinez during the 2022 World Cup final. Where he played a vital role in Argentina’s victory over France. The new law is expected to ensure fairness and respect for the game and the opponent. Eliminating the use of distracting tactics by goalkeepers during penalty kicks.