Rule changes set to come into effect next season could see greater clarification of the handball rule and pitch-side monitors used more frequently in the Premier League.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) have been reviewing some of the more controversial aspects of the game, ones that have become particularly acute since the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) and have recommended further tweaks to the Laws of the Game.
Under the new mandates, handball will be determined if the ball strikes a player below the armpit and goals will only be ruled out if an attacking player handles the ball immediately before the goal is scored.
That would theoretically prevent goals being disallowed for handballs that are missed by the on-field match officials and where the infringement occurred earlier in the move.
IFAB are also considering changes to the offside law to prevent "armpit" offsides by introducing a greater margin of error in what are currently hairline VAR decisions.
The rule-making body have also moved to ensure that referees undertake reviews of controversial incidents on monitors rather than leaving the decision up to VAR officials as has been the case in the Premier League this season where pitch-side reviews have been almost non-existent.
“Where a reviewable incident is subjective, the expectation is that the referee will undertake an ‘on-field review',” the IFAB said in a statement, suggesting that offside decisions, a more objective ruling, might still lie with VAR but penalty and red card decisions will return to the match-day official's purview.
Finally, going forward, penalty kicks will only be retaken for encroachment by the goalkeeper if the kick is saved.
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1 Posted 11/04/2020 at 22:44:35
2 Posted 11/04/2020 at 23:33:59
The worst thing ever introduced into the game.
We'll finish up with an emotionless game unable to celebrate a goal for the 5 minutes it takes a supposed impartial half-wit to make a decision.
3 Posted 12/04/2020 at 04:46:02
It's just another way of ensuring we get the "correct" result should anyone have the temerity to challenge the hierarchy.
4 Posted 12/04/2020 at 04:59:09
5 Posted 12/04/2020 at 08:53:52
Be careful, football, because – for every person who is missing the game right now – I'm sure there might be another who is surprised that he's not missing football at all.
6 Posted 12/04/2020 at 21:33:10
I only come on here for the side issues and good banter...
Those new rules sound more confusing,; as other posters say, it's going to kill the spirit of the game.
7 Posted 12/04/2020 at 22:58:57
VAR is killing the game. I'd rather have an instant decision, be it right or wrong. At least we can have a discussion about it in the pub after the match. Obviously we'll all come to the same conclusion. "The ref was a biassed twat!"
8 Posted 12/04/2020 at 23:45:19
The Premier League, to me, is utterly devalued. Who in their right mind will pay Sky a fortune in the future to watch this utterly iniquitous circus?
No-one like Niasse, and I'm only using him as an example because I am aware of him, will ever, in football, earn so much for so little. They are the lucky generation; they escaped from the last chance saloon set up for life. It's over.
9 Posted 13/04/2020 at 00:35:47
I left for Australia 13 years ago and the first thing I did here was to pay for the sport and would sit up till 3 am most mornings. You gradually lose those blue-tinted glasses and see the game lose its spark. You wonder where value comes from in these players and get frustrated by the crap that is shown at times, the changing laws that have ruined the game, and the general whinging in the game, mostly observed from the so-called media elite.
Over here, the Rugby League has a salary cap and in those 13 years I think I have seen around 7 or 8 winners, it's nice to have it so competitive.
Don't get me wrong, I still love Everton with a passion but I definitely see the game for what it is through different eyes and I think more and more people are seeing it that way. Not sure how the game progresses after this virus but it would be nice to see the game make positive changes and not this crap they call VAR. The concept sounds great but still, it can be controlled by the elite due to refs input and that's not what it's meant to be.
10 Posted 13/04/2020 at 01:08:02
The simple fact is that video review is now an integral part of every major spectator sport on earth except golf. No sport, no league adopting it has ever dropped it, or even considered dropping it. Ain't happening. Now or ever.
The problems this season were easy to anticipate, thanks to idiotic execution of the VAR system and even more idiotic rules interpretations. Best we can hope for is they sort out the problems sooner rather than later. But you might as well furl the flags on getting rid of VAR. That battle is over.
11 Posted 13/04/2020 at 01:26:38
Even if it's with new fixtures, it will be a full house and the live forum will be heaving like some latter-day adult (and I use ther term loosely) monkey house / boys pen – no snowflakes need apply.
Where the attendances will trend long-term is anybody's guess – but day one will be busy.
12 Posted 13/04/2020 at 05:03:53
Unfortunately my view counts for bugger all, I'm not a moneybags deciding which team winning benefits my pockets most.
13 Posted 13/04/2020 at 08:17:16
It's so frustrating having a delay of 4 or 5 minutes and not even seeing the reviews that are being looked at. Problem is that I can't see football putting it on the big screen and that's a massive concern to me as a match goer. It's a big 2 fingers up to us.
I hate VAR with a passion but, if you're going to make us endure it, then at least let us see what's going on.
15 Posted 13/04/2020 at 12:10:57
Like others, I have missed the pre-match pub get togethers with all my mates and the other regulars but can't say I've particularly missed the football itself. I think match going becomes a habit and of course habits are hard to break; however, once broken, some might find it easier not to go back.
Premier League clubs, the FA, Uefa and a number of high profile players like Grealish and Walker* have done the game no favours over the last four weeks or so and people have long memories.
* I would have included Niasse if his profile was as high as his wages!
16 Posted 13/04/2020 at 12:13:06
17 Posted 13/04/2020 at 12:39:27
1. Players dives when he wasn't touched, the other team can ask for the ref to look at the incident and send a player off if he has dived. Would stop the diving straight away.
2. Players fakes injury. Other team asks ref to look at incident and the player wasn't headbutted, kicked, punched (add what you like), then player is sent off. Stops the cheating and rolling around.
3. Any club gets 3 of these incidents in a season then deduct 3 points as fines are no good to rich clubs. Watch managers and chairmen all over the land tell players to stop cheating as they can't afford to lose 3 points.
These are the only reasons to have VAR.
18 Posted 13/04/2020 at 12:58:16
Dave @13. Match going supporters are last on the list of priorities for the football authorities. Basically they don't care what we think as they believe we will keep coming no matter what. They are probably right. We can only vote with our feet.
19 Posted 13/04/2020 at 13:52:05
I had a season ticket 1977-83. Still went to most games 83-86 when I was a student in Portsmouth, went to plenty of games in the 90s with ESCLA when I lived in London. When me arl fella passed away in 1999, coming up to the match and not meeting him just wasn't the same, so I started going less and less. Now that I'm up here in Highlands, I only go when I happen to be working close to Liverpool when there's a midweek game on. When I go now, the football is second fiddle to the craic before and after. Easy to see how people keep/drop the habit.
Regarding VAR, I think it was brought in to create more 'excitement' for the TV viewers with a shorter attention span. The referees' authority has been usurped and sub-contracted to an unaccountable bunch of people, who are increasingly looking to get further involved in the decision-making. When we score, my first reaction is to check for VAR – that can't be right.
Mike G is right in one sense. VAR is here to stay. Other sports may have it, but other sports aren't as good. I'm enjoying spending this time watching old matches. Slightly slower, more (in my view) genuinely skillful. Less interruptions. No constant messages rolling across the screen. Just the football.
It was better. Even when I wasn't there.
21 Posted 13/04/2020 at 17:45:20
If the incident under review doesn't relate to a booking, sending off, penalty or goal then don't bother with it.
Furthermore, if the use of VAR doesn't give a clear decision in a matter of seconds rather than minutes then we're in the realms of a subjective view & we may as well stick with the Refs original decision, seeing as his subjective view should be the one that counts. Less VAR, more football!
22 Posted 13/04/2020 at 18:07:14
I think I will always go the game, its in my blood, I shiver writing now, when I think of the green grass of Goodison, but why cant VAR, give us what Andy M, describes @17?
Football has become a television sport, and the more its controversial, the longer people talk about it, until the next game, and this is the only genuine explanation I can think of..honestly?
I yearn for a level playing field like Alex describes in Aussie League, (what a sport that is?) and like Andy, I was thinking about my last visit to Goodison, when VAR, left most of stadium out-raged, and I couldnt believe how much it got to me, considering what we are facing now.
I will always go though, because yesterday had me remembering last Easter, a marvellous occasion, shared with old friends and new friends, and thats what football will always be about to me, a massive part of our lives, but obviously nothing compared to what we are witnessing right across our city, our country and the world right now.
Stay safe everyone, until youve seen Everton get a proper phoney VAR decision at least!
23 Posted 13/04/2020 at 18:41:07
24 Posted 13/04/2020 at 22:39:12
From what I've witnessed this season, it's been more used as in: "Hmm, a goal against Liverpool, let's check VAR and see if there is any reason to rule it out?" This still is benefiting the so-called media elite and, until it's fair, which let's be honest, is never going to happen due to a bias of the so-called bigger clubs, then it will never change.
You only have to listen to how commentators can disagree on decisions, if there is TV footage that can be looked at, then the decision should be made easier. It's okay with the media trying to come up with tables of who has benefitted and who hasn't to try and make it look fair but, if you aren't using it properly, then the facts are wrong.
For example, the handball by Arsenal at Goodison that should have been a penalty, what happened? Nothing, they didn't even go to VAR. It was blatant handball and VAR should have advised the ref of that. This decision didn't go against anybody in the media stats as it wasn't used.
Either use it or lose it, that's my thoughts.
25 Posted 14/04/2020 at 09:47:21
And then to make a Law that allows infringements to be ignored as they didn't happen just before a goal was scored? How is that a help to anyone?
26 Posted 17/04/2020 at 08:12:18
When I came to regional West Australia, what I missed terribly was my Saturday of football. I was so desperate, I strung 100 yards of copper wire along the tree line and that was just to hear the second half of a 1st Division game (any game) on the BBC overseas broadcast. I believe the game will be more popular than ever but different in many ways.
27 Posted 17/04/2020 at 08:29:16
28 Posted 18/04/2020 at 21:01:17
Might sound dramatic but tell me another take on it.
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