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- Aug 13, 2008
See the 2012 FIFA Laws of the Game, p.37, Law 12. 'Impeding progress' is still in there. Pushing, tripping, jumping at all would be a direct free kick. The 'obstruction' term was removed, because it was confusing - some obstruction such as shielding when in possession or close to the ball is perfectly legal.OLD_SEA_DOG_Gerry said:Am I missing something? I understood the 'Obstruction' rule which resulted in an indirect free kick went years ago. I'll have to check up, but unfairly impeding progress (however it's worded) results in a direct free kick, and if it's in the box then it's a penalty. I'll check up now. Hope I'm not wrong.
Generally speaking, the commentators offering their views on various rulings are spectacularly ignorant of what the rules actually say.