- At least five new rules were introduced ahead of the 2023/24 Premier League season
- These rules for the league include a significant change to the controversial offside law
- The new Premier League campaign is scheduled to kick off again on August 14 this year
Sportbible reports that next season will look a little different, with four new rules taking effect from August. The new guidelines have been set by the International Football Association Board, the body mandated to make rules.
Key among the new rules is a ‘greater allowance’ for time lost due to goal celebrations. As such, there is a possibility of more time being added on at the end of each half if teams take longer to celebrate after scoring.
Secondly, as is now the case, goalkeepers will no longer be able to cause any form of distraction to penalty takers when spot kicks are awarded, perhaps due to Emiliano Martinez’s antics.
Thirdly, reserve assistant referees on the sidelines will now equally have increased participation, receiving equal support and assistance as the primary on-field officials, commonly known as the ‘man in the middle’.
The fourth new guideline is that players can now avoid being yellow-carded for ‘unsporting behaviour’ if they are making a deliberate attempt to play the ball.
Lastly, there is the change to the controversial offside law. Under the new guidelines, a player who is ‘clearly offside’ should not become onside every time an opponent moves and touches the ball.
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