Premier League

Premier League Announces Changes to VAR Ahead of New Season

By Amreen
Premier League announce crucial changes to certain VAR rules
Premier League announce crucial changes to certain VAR rules / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The Premier League has announced new some major rule changes to VAR, substitutions, and the handball rule ahead of the new season.

The 2021-22 campaign is set to kick off in less than three weeks, and the Football Association (FA) have attempted to rectify some of the issues after multiple controversies last season.

One of the first rules that sees a change is the accidental handball rule. The change means that any accidental handball in the build-up to a goal will no longer be deemed an offence.

The new rule states: "A player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation. By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised."

The second rule will see the Premier League use thicker lines when determining offside calls. The aim is to eliminate situations where a goal is ruled out due to a players' toe being offside. Arsenal's Bukayo Saka had a goal ruled marginally offside against Fulham last season and the Premier League have decided to address fan's complaints by introducing thicker lines.

The final rule regarding substitutions still requires confirmation from the Premier League on whether teams will be permitted 18 or 20-man matchday squads after amending the rule midway through last season due to the pandemic. However, they have scrapped the five substitution rule and clubs will only be allowed three subs, with just one additional concussion substitution if necessary.