Here are the new rules, Part 1, to be linked with Part 2, here. Part 1, covers tackling, interceptions and defensive pressure. For obvious reasons, Part 1 has taken a little longer to get through. These rules have been hammered out over several weeks by a group of managers from all three divisions, and considerable thought and time have gone into them. We are expanding the field in some new ways, but this does not give license for 90 minutes of pressure. This site is set up to be Sim, and we still expect that from every manager. Rule 1a is still Don't Be a Dick. PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY. Discuss, question. Gameplay Rules and Guidelines All Tradition Sports Online (TSO) rules on sportsmanship apply. If you are interested in hardcore, win-at-all-costs FIFA gameplay, this is not the place for you. We do not expect to see any exploitation of known glitches and/or extremely aggressive tactics. 1. Defensive Pressure a) Regardless of rules stated below, pressure should be applied within reason, and in accordance with the above. b) Pressure can be increased when trailing by a ratio of 10 minutes per goal. (1)Down 1 goal, pressure begins at 80’ etc.*Nothing has changed here, but note rule 1a!* 2. Turnovers (a)Interceptions are allowed over the entire field of play.* this is new. In seasons past, interceptions in your opponents third were expected to be returned. Interceptions in your opponent’s half were expected to be recycled to your back line before your attack could resume. (1)Exception: passes between defenders or between defenders and goalkeepers with no attacking intent should not be intercepted.b) An interception won in your attacking third of the field (and in compliance with Rule 3a) can be kept, but the intercepting team cannot attempt an uncontested shot on goal as a result of the turnover.* you do not need to pass back to midfield and recycle the ball, however neither can you immediately run in on goal and create a scoring opportunity from a deep-lying interception. You may begin your attack deep in your opponent’s end, but it may not be an immediate uncontested shot on target. c) Tackles are allowed from the middle area of the field back through your defensive end.* This has not changed in and of itself. However, the next part has. d) If an attacking team loses the ball, his team is allowed to try to regain possession until the new ball carrier makes a “next-pass,” or has clearly established possession. (1) “Clearly” indicates the ball carrier is in space by himself with no opposing players in his immediate area. A player under immediate pressure following a turnover is not “clearly” in possession.* This is new territory. If you lose the ball in your opponent’s end, you are no longer expected to immediately retreat provided the above guidelines are met. If the ball is contested, contest it until possession is gained. If offense regains possession, continue your attack. If defense gains possession clearly through “next pass” or 2d(1) above, set up your defense by blocking passing lanes or retreat to where you may freely tackle the ball carrier. 3. Goal Kicks a) Passes between Goalkeepers and defensive lines (including midfielders positioned in the line) cannot be interfered with under any circumstance. This includes back passes from the defensive line to the goalkeepers. We are still working on videos to go along with a lot of these, and many of them are close to being done. We will have explanations to go along with a lot of them. But we're expecting these new rules to lead to a lot more "soccer plays:" clearances when under pressure, booting the ball into touch when under pressure, and playing smart with the ball. The manual passing combined with these new rules will place a heavy emphasis on retention and, absent that, smart ball management. If you don't have a good play, your best option may be to hoof it upfield and regroup or send it out of bounds and allow your defense to get back. Again, relentless high pressure tactics will NOT fly and will result in disciplinary action. There you have it. Discuss.