Not sure if this is the right thread, but as this is new to the rules, thought I'd ask what you all think of this regarding the defensive wall for free kicks. From This is Anfield:
"The defensive wall setup for a free-kick has thrown up a number of interesting strategies and tussles over the years, but that is now a thing of the past.
From this point onwards when the defensive team sets up a wall that has three or more players, the attacking team are prohibited from being within one metre of the wall.
If the referee deems that the attacking team has encroached on the space, then the offence will be penalised with an indirect free-kick."
I've long thought too much attention was placed on this by attacking teams that might have been better served with more players in other places, looking for a rebound or a whipped ball to head in.
Do you think we'll see less effective free kicks now?
One thing to go with this, I feel like referees (in the Premier League at least) are increasingly lax at supporting the required distance between the ball and the defensive players on these free kicks. Would like to see that enforced more rigorously to get more skill back in the game.