After the introduction of VAR, the Premier League officials have also introduced 8 new rules which will come into effect from the coming season.

VAR will be fully introduced to the Premier League from the next season in an attempt to provide clarity around contentious incidents and help referees to make better decisions. Football’s governing bodies are always striving to make football a better sport. Now, the Premier League officials have introduced 8 new rule changes in the Premier League from the next season.

Let’s have a look at the 8 new rule changes coming to the Premier League from the 2019-20 season:

Substitutions

Substitutions
To prevent time wasting, the substituted player can leave the pitch now from his nearest point. Rather than having to cross the pitch or make their way back to the dug-out, the player will have to go off at the closest sideline.

Free-kick walls

Free-kick walls
This rule is introduced to prevent unnecessary fouls, which normally goes undetected by the referees. From now on, if there are more than three players in a free-kick wall (so pretty much every free-kick close to the goal) attackers are not allowed within one yard of the wall. This rule change will put an end to the pushing, shoving, pulling and tugging that causes aggravation for almost every referee.

Drop balls

Drop balls
Officially, there will be no more drop balls. An age-old, chaotic method of restarting play is no more. Drop balls are now a thing of history, they are gone from next season. Whoever touches the ball last gets the ball. But it remains to be seen whether that team decides to give the ball back to the other side. Another thing to this rule is that if the play is stopped with the ball in the penalty area, it will restart with the goalkeeper. This rule is certainly bound to cause a bit of controversy.

Goalkeepers during penalties

Goalkeepers during penalties
Goalkeepers have long been menaces when preparing to face penalties, but they will be watched from next season. The goalkeepers cannot touch the goal frame, move along their line, sprint off their line or stand behind the line. They will have to have one boot touching the line. Goalkeepers are also not allowed to feign movement one way in an attempt to bluff the taker.
But it remains to be seen how much movement will be allowed and can a goalkeeper lean one way and dive the other!

Goal kicks

Goal kicks
Till the previous season, a goal-kick was not in play until it left the 18-yard box. If a defender touched it, it was an indirect free-kick and if an attacker touched it the goalkeeper would get the decision.
But from next season, a goal-kick is in play from the moment the ball is kicked. This is a massive change and one that should speed up the game. This is done to counter the high press as the defenders will now be able to collect the ball inside the 18-yard box.

Handballs

Handballs
A goal scored directly from the hand/arm will no longer be allowed. This had long been the case, but even accidental handballs will be punished from next season. If the ball touches an attacking player’s arm in the build-up to a goal – accidental or not – the goal will not count.
But here’s a thing about this rule – this rule does not apply to the defenders in their own box. So a referee, or VAR, will still judge whether a handball was deliberate or not.

Goal celebrations

Goal celebrations
This rule is a direct result of VAR. A player is currently booked for any over-exuberant celebrations, jumping into the crowd or taking a shirt off and so on. And now from next season, players can now be booked for their goal celebration – even if the goal is disallowed later by the referee or VAR.

Card for coaches

Card for coaches
Coaches will now be punished the same way as players. The referees are allowed to brandish yellow and red cards to off-field staff, from the next season.
The new rule also states that the senior coach in the technical area will receive the decided punishment when offending individuals cannot be identified, such as in mass disagreements between backroom staff. So mild-mannered managers can also receive cards if they fail to control their staff – even if they have been minding their own business.

So, these are the 8 new rule changes which the Premier League officials are introducing from the next season. Tell us how you feel or think about these rules in the comments.

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