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Please note Law Change taking effect from 2015 onwards
Law: A defender may go to ground/dive on the ball to gain possession (Law 6.24)
Old Law: Play on
Change: No player may go to ground to gain possession. Sanction: Penalty
This law has been changed to make the game safer and lessen the likelihood of contact. This has been happening when defenders come across to try and gain possession when the attacker is nearly in possession. This, for the main part, resulted in contact.