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MLS Adopts New Time-Wasting Rule

March 10, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ Soccer’s new rule to stop time wasting by goalkeepers was adopted Friday by the U.S. Soccer Federation, meaning Major League Soccer will use it this season.

Under the rule, adopted earlier this year by the International Football Association Board, goalkeepers must put the ball back in play within six seconds of gaining control. Until now, the rule had limited the goalkeeper to taking four steps with no time limit.

``We have always strived to be at the forefront of the sport and to take the initiative when an opportunity to help advance the game is available,″ said Esse Baharmast, the USSF’s director of officials. ``It is our belief that this rule modification will make the game a little faster and a little more exciting to watch.″

The rule also will be enforced by the A-League and other minor leagues. For the rest of the world, the rule goes into force July 1.

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