What is the benefit of “thicker lines”? Will Premier League VAR use be as good as Euro 2020? And what is considered handball?
With the new season approaching, we take a look at the main rule changes to watch out for ahead of 2021/22.
Premier League VARs are expected to use ‘thicker lines’ in games this season to determine marginal decisions.
Agreement to use thicker lines followed by presentation by Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL] Chief Referees Mike Riley to the clubs at their annual general meeting in June.
PGMOL hope the change will return the advantage to the attacking team after Premier League clubs gave their comments in a VAR poll last season.
The Council of the International Football Association [IFAB] – football lawmakers – does not specify a maximum line thickness, under the laws of the game.
So what does this mean and how does it help?
This should exclude cases where a player’s toe led to the exclusion of a goal, cases which many fans, players and experts believed were ruining the game.
But how exactly?
It is not yet clear how thick the lines will be, or whether the Premier League will follow the Dutch model of the Eredivisie, where if the last red and blue offside lines touch, the original decision on the pitch rest. In this case, the word “thicker” would in fact be misleading.
But what this hopefully means is that the final image produced by the VAR will be conclusive for viewers. Perception, as we have known for two years of VAR in the Premier League, does it all.
Speaking of viewers, those who watch games will no longer see the “work” of VAR in preparing for a decision. The Premier League was previously the only league to do this, and it led to the sharing of stills and screenshots ahead of the decision, causing all kinds of chaos.
Will the VAR be used as at Euro 2020?
There were a few controversial appeals later in the tournament – those outside of England were unhappy with the decision to award the team a penalty in overtime in their semi-final against Denmark – but in overall, the use of VAR at Euro 2020 was oddly successful, and very fast.
But it’s worth noting that, compared to a Premier League game, UEFA named the official double and crucially included a dedicated VAR focusing only on the offside.
VAR training was also not shown, only the final decision sometimes.
Euro 2020 was also 51 games, a small sample size compared to the 380 played in a Premier League season. Naturally, controversial decisions that did not involve England, Scotland or Wales did not have the same airtime as a Premier League game.
So while the tolerance levels decrease slightly with the thicker offside lines and the final picture will have to be conclusive, chances are decisions will take just as long.
Armpits and offside
A brief clarification from FIFA on where offside lines start and end: They say lower armpit is now classified as the part of the body from which offside will be measured .
Change the language of handball
Accidental handball in preparation for a goal will no longer be considered an offense. The crucial word here is “build”.
It will be Again be an offense if an accidental handball directly creates the chance to score the goal, or scores the goal itself.
There is also new language about how a player makes their body “unusually big” in a handball situation.
The new language is as follows: “A player is considered to have abnormally enlarged his body when the position of his hand / arm is not a consequence or justified by the movement of the player’s body for that specific situation. By having his hand / arm in such a position, the player takes the risk that his hand / arm will be touched by the ball and be penalized. “
This means that handball law no longer specifies that a particular position, or anything other than a standard silhouette of a body, is considered “unnatural”.
Sounds more confusing, right? Although gray areas will no doubt exist, this should allow for more subjectivity from the referees on what is considered to be “the player’s body movement for that specific situation” and less on pedantic and body positions. uniforms.
EFL removes five submarines
The EFL is removing the five-substitution rule for the 2021/22 campaign.
The rule, allowing clubs to make five changes per game instead of the usual three, was introduced when football restarted in June 2020 after the break imposed by Covid.
Thus, the Championship, League One and League Two teams can nominate seven substitutes but can only use a maximum of three.
Concussion changes will be granted if necessary, and the Premier League’s concussion substitution rules will also be maintained.