There have been some significant rule changes for the 2022 season. You can find the current (2022) full field laws of the game here.
A summary of the changes is available here. The offical page for the changes is here and includes a presentation with videos that helps explain.
It seems the main changes of interest to us are around hand balls. In particular, around when an accidental hand ball is considered a foul. Various things that might have been considered a hand-ball last year no longer are! But, if an attacker scores “immediately” after an accidental handball – it is always a foul (no goal). In the latter case “immediately” does depend a bit on the ref and what actually happens. It does depend a lot on the view the ref gets. For players, as always, keep your hands a close to your body as practical and you have less chance of issues.
Minor changes to other rules, e.g. “offside”: the lower part of the arm is no longer considered. Also – If you try to use a “trick” to send the ball back to the keeper in breach of the rules, then you could get a yellow card.
Planning for the new Robin Thomas Amenities block is finally underway.
Our current facilities, dating from the 1960s, are in poor condition and we have been working with council for some time to have them replaced. Planning was underway around 2014 before the light rail project started. That put a stop on it all. Whilst we disagree with various parts of light rail design and its impact on Robin Thomas, the plans are now set and our new facilities are being planned.
The existing club house and amenities buildings will be removed and a new building built, we think behind the existing amenities building. This is currently expected to happen from September 2019 and be ready for the 2020 season. Of course this is dependent on a lot of things and we are hoping the existing amenities building can be kept until the new building is ready. But hopefully just one more season with the old stuff and then in 2020 our facilities finally move into the 21st Century!!
Registering does not automatically mean you will be guaranteed a place in a team, a space needs to be open. Having said that, we will try our best to find one and we usually do. Please use this link to register.
Note – it is important that you upload a passport style photo when you register. Otherwise there may be delays completing your registration.