We are almost there as the time has come for which we all have been waiting for.
Finally, the Premier League is coming with brand new transfers and an opening match between Arsenal and Leicester which will be followed by all other games next day. But, in the middle of this we shouldn’t forget five important rules which will also play their part in this campaign.
There’s a reason why Barclays Premier League is the best league in the world and that reason is the quality of teams we see in this league and this time around also some low budget teams have the clear intentions of spoiling the party of big guns. With some massive transfers in and out, the league is seems to be one of the toughest since its birth.
But, there are 5 rules which will be introduced in this campaign of Premier League and have the potential to change big things within a split of a second. So, here are those rules:
1) Diving Ban:
Players who will dive next season will face a severe punishment as the Football Association has passed a rule at their Annual General Meeting in May that will see two-match bans handed out to the player who’ll be guilty of doing simulation.
The FA will also be able to rescind a yellow or red card given to the player who was deemed to have committed a foul, if the player was found guilty of diving and players can be punished for “attempting to deceive the referee by feigning injury”.
Footage will be reviewed each Monday by a three-man panel, consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player. Each panel member will reviews the footage independently of the other two members.
The FA will then act if there is “clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation.” The panel must be unanimous in their decision and players can be banned for two matches if they are found guilty.
2) ABBA Penalties:
We have already seen the working of this method in Arsenal’s win over Chelsea in the Community Shield match. While the traditional shoot-out sees Team A take a penalty, and then Team B, then Team A, then Team B, and so on. The ‘ABBA’ shootout is like a tennis tie-breaker where Team A takes the first penalty then Team B takes two successive penalties, before Team A takes two successive penalties and so on.
The English Football League will also be trialing the new ‘ABBA’ method in the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and EFL play-offs. It was previously used at the U20 World Cup this summer and also the Premier League Asia Trophy, with Leicester beating West Brom in a lengthy shoot-out.
Thus, it seems like an advantage for the team who’ll take first penalty in the penalty shootout but not a big much as it still depends on the minds of players. Some will take it as an advantage and some will take it as pressure.
3) Offsides and Handballs:
There have not been any rule changes for offside and handball calls; there has been a focus for referees on the latter in particular after it was filtered on a number of occasions last season.
It will also be the second season that the newest addition to the offside laws will be implemented where if a player makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on his opponent’s ability to play the ball and then he will be penalized as offside. Which came into action in the start of last year’s campaign and was a successful one.
4) Video Assistant Referee (VAR)
Although it is not a confirmed that the introduction of VAR is expected to be implemented in the Premier League at the start of the 2018/19 season with the FA keen to trial it from the third round of the FA Cup this term.
VAR has already been in action around the world, with the Confederations Cup and U20 World Cup using the technology over the summer as well as in the MLS and Australian A-League. While the Bundesliga and Serie A have plans to implement it this season. The 2018 World Cup in Russia is also set to use VAR.
The technology involves an additional referee placed in a booth with access to every available camera angle. They will then be able to advise the referee of an error in the event of a game-changing situation including goals, penalties, straight red cards and mistaken identity in awarding a red or yellow card.
5) Pitch Designs:
It’s a sad moment for the creative groundsmen all over the country but especially at Leicester and Southampton. Who have caught the eye with their decorative pitch designs over the last few seasons of Premier League.
But Premier League Rules now state that the playing surface must contain no markings other than the traditional horizontal and white lines, following similar regulations implemented by UEFA in their competitions.
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