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There've just been 12 big changes to the football rulebook (just in time for the Euros...)

Despite the fact that, as we all know, football is the beautiful game, that doesn't mean it's perfect.

As such, officials are always looking for ways to meddle with it and justify their jobs improve the game and its laws.

Some small changes to the game were approved by the International Football Association Board in London in January. Announced to the world by former referee David Elleray this week, they'll be coming into force for the European Championships in June and will be used by England during their two warm-up games on 22 and 27 May. The changes are actually part of a comprehensive revision of the laws, which has reduced the length of the rulebook by 10,000 words to 12,000.

Elleray explained that, “We are trying to help situations which tend to occur very often and are a bit crazy. We have tried to use much clearer language. We tried to avoid a lot of unnecessary repetition and we tried to make it up-to-date. Because the laws have evolved piecemeal and no one has done a comprehensive review there have been inconsistencies."

There will also be a two-year trial of video technology to assist referees in cases of goalscoring, red cards, penalties and mistaken identity, which will take place in Italy. Meanwhile, penalty goals and a clearer definition of handball are apparently next on the list for discussion.

Read on for the headline changes you need to know about.



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