FIFA makes penalty shootout rule change during World Cup

Argentina's Florencia Bonsegundo, left, shoots a penalty kick to score an equaliser goal during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Bonsegundo scored in the extra time and the match ended in a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VALENCIENNES, France — The debut of video review in women's soccer is causing confusion and has pushed FIFA to make a rule change heading into the knockout phase of the World Cup.

FIFA received approval from the game's lawmaking body to suspend the rule that goalkeepers must be shown yellow cards for stepping off the goal-line during penalty shootouts.

With video assistant referees able to keep a closer eye on infringements, FIFA feared more goalkeepers could be penalized — and sent off if it's a second booking with no substitute allowed during shootouts. But the penalty kick will still be retaken.

FIFA refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina says "we felt that the risk for a second caution was too high considering the number of penalties that are taken."

The International Football Association Board granted the temporary dispensation on Friday which means goalkeepers can only be booked at the tournament for stepping off the line with both feet during a penalty in normal time.

Penalty kicks have already been retaken during the group stage because VAR has scrutinized goalkeepers' movements more closely. Argentina was facing elimination after missing a penalty kick but it was ordered to be retaken after a video review and the team scored to clinch a 3-3 draw. That clinched third place in Group D and a place in the round of 16.

Collina says "the caution for a goalkeeper who commits an offence was introduced in the laws as a deterrent. But what better deterrent than the VAR? It's not possible that a goalkeeper moves both her feet off the goal line without being noticed."

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