The IKF has approved changes to a few rules to speed up the game, and to improve the interpretation of others. These rules will come into force from July 1.
A shot clock has now been included at the top level, with the first International use set down as the World Games in July '09. The shot clock will allow 25 seconds for the attackers to shoot and hit the korf once the ball is in the attack zone. This improves the spectacle for fans, and will also see a change in the quality of play by teams.
Added to the rules is also an improvement to the Free Pass, designed to prevent the pass off from being little more than a hand-over by the assist player. Football has also been refined to clearly state what is considered the 'foot' area; and now players may change their pivoting foot once they have stopped moving.
These changes should see significant improvement in game speed, shooting accuracy, and make Referee calls more consistent.