Premier League makes changes on VAR, handball, penalties for 2020/21 Season

The English Premier League will adapt to the changes made by the International Football Association following (IFAB), following the announcement of changes to the laws of the game, including handball, alterations to the VAR and penalty kick decisions.

The Premier League is set to use these new rules next season after football’s law-making body has made changes to the use of pitch-side monitors as well as a comprehensive explanation of which part of the arm can be penalised as handball.

The International Football Association Board also addressed a number of controversial aspects of officiating the game, such as the use of the video assistant referee (VAR)

As a result of these new changes, referees are likely to spend much more time looking at pitch-side monitors next season.

Manchester City are the current holders of the 2018/2019 Premier League trophy (Proto Credit: Getty Images)
Manchester City are the current holders of the 2018/2019 Premier League trophy (Proto Credit: Getty Images)


Next season, referees will be expected to use the pitch-side monitor whenever there is a subjective decision to be made, rather than letting the video assistant referees make the call.

However, the IFAB decided against allowing fans to listen to conversations between match officials.

Next season, goals after accidental handballs will only be chalked off if they “result in a goal or an obvious opportunity for the player and or their team to score a goal. (i.e. following the handball, the ball travels only a short distance and/or there are very few passes).”

“For the purposes of determining handball offences, the ‘arm’ stops at the bottom of the armpit,” the new rules started.

Any goalkeeper moving off his line before a penalty is taken will only be punished if the spot-kick is saved.

If the penalty is missed either by hitting the woodwork, or missing the target completely it will not be retaken.

Box encroachment will see the effort retaken, regardless of whether it goes in.

If an attacking player steps foot in the box and the penalty is missed, an indirect free-kick will be awarded the other way.

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