Four Premier League rule adjustments this season, from offside to Emi Martinez antics

The new season of Premier League melodrama will begin five weeks from now, when newly promoted Burnley hosts champions Manchester City at Turf Moor. There will be minor rule adjustments that players and spectators will need to get acclimated to during the course of the season’s nine months and 38 games. Read out complete details about Four Premier League rule adjustments this season, from offside to Emi Martinez antics down below.

Four Premier League rule adjustments this season, from offside to Emi Martinez antics

Reserve assistant referees are now allowed to participate from their immovable position on the sidelines, but none of them address the controversial role that VARs will play in each week’s game. Here are four upcoming amendments to the rules that you should be aware of. In the latest iteration of the pompously titled Laws of the Game, it is stated that “a player who is clearly offside should not become onside on every occasion when an opponent moves and touches the ball.”

That adjustment was made during the summer of 2016, but it wasn’t codified into law until recently. In theory, it should make it easier for referees to determine whether a defender has played the ball on purpose or whether it has deflected off of him, but the language is still too open to interpretation.Still, at least it’s not as extreme as Arsene Wenger’s suggestion to judge an attacker’s onside status based on their entire body.

As with the month of August, players will not be handed a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct if the referee determines that they have made an intentional attempt to win the ball in a tackle. It’s not entirely clear what this means in practice, but if the referees rule that Player X tried to play the ball before giving up a penalty for denying a goal-scoring opportunity, he won’t get sent off.

This one really dampens the enthusiasm. The rules stipulate that goalkeepers “must not behave in a way that unfairly distracts the kicker… [and] fails to show respect for the game and the opponent” during a penalty shootout. This includes any attempts to “delay the taking of the kick” or “touch the goalposts, crossbar, or goal net.” What about wobbly legs and flailing arms, though? Again, that can depend on the official’s perspective.

Four Premier League rule adjustments this season, from offside to Emi Martinez antics

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