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PRO's points of focus for the 2017 season

March 1, 2017

Image: PRO referee Allen Chapman in MLS action during 2016

The 2017 Major League Soccer season begins on March 4, and the Professional Referees Organization are turning their attentions to the following offences for the new campaign:

- Holding and pushing in the penalty area
- Acts of visual dissent
- Delayed restarts
- Persistent infringement

For more details and to read PRO General Manager Peter Walton’s quotes on each of the offences, read the full story here on

In a recent conference call, Walton also outlined the changes to the Laws of the Game introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) which come into effect for the new campaign.

These include changes to the kickoff procedure, the clear restart of play and the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity inside the penalty area, and more details can be found at the link below.

New season, new laws — a look at some major changes

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