Trial testing allows Football League goalkeepers to concede corners and throw-ins as a time-wasting measure.

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EFL goalkeepers may be prevented from timewasting (Image: Getty)

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) have reportedly outlined the new trial which is set to be implemented and will attempt to limit the amount of time that goalkeepers will be able to hold on the ball. In contrast, those keen to spark a counter-attack can move the ball on in under six seconds. It was announced in March that leagues would be invited to trial a new limit on how long goalkeepers can hold onto the ball, with different consequences also set to be implemented to find the most effective way of putting a halt to the recurring issue.

Referees will raise their arm when goalkeepers have five seconds left to release the ball (Image: Getty)

The football and technical advisory panel have ruled that a trial will be held which will allow goalkeepers to hold onto the ball for eight seconds as it is viewed as a sufficient amount of time to allow officials to then enforce the new rules. The referee will start counting the eight seconds from when the goalkeeper is in ‘clear control of the ball’ and will raise their hand when five seconds are remaining. If the goalkeeper is still holding the ball after eight seconds, play will resume with the opposition being awarded possession. The new rules could be implemented in the Premier League in the future (Image: Getty)

Two trials are set to take place, with the first being that possession will be awarded to the opponent with a corner kick, and the other protocol giving the opposition a throw-in which will be in line with the penalty spot.

Previous rules saw free-kicks awarded inside the penalty area, but IFAB feels that those set-pieces are ‘extremely difficult’ to benefit from. The competitions invited to take part in the trial do not involve teams from the top two domestic levels meaning that the rules will not be implemented in the Premier League, Carabao Cup or FA Cup. Those further down the footballing pyramid who are set to take part will only trial one of the restart methods, to allow for comparisons.

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