Premier League

Changes In VAR Rules For Premier League Season 2020/21

Whether you’re keen on it, dread it, or still undecided about it, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Premier League is not going anywhere.

The 2019/20 season was the initial campaign where this technology was utilized within the Premier League, with varying degrees of success and fails.

At the start of August 2020, the Premier League Annual General Meeting was held, and shareholders decided that VAR will still be in use for the next 2020/21 season, working directly with FIFA rules and regulations.

This implies VAR’s execution will certainly be different in five crucial ways…


In the upcoming season, referees will be urged to make use of VAR screens on the pitch-side a lot more frequently. Formally called the Referee Review Area (RRA), the screens are most likely to be used for goal decisions, red cards as well as penalties.


Referees will be more stringent in how they award penalties and also if the player taking the spot-kick misses when the goalkeeper’s foot is off the line, VAR will certainly show that it has to be retaken. Nevertheless, is a goalkeeper’s foot is off the line and the spot-kick strikes the goal post and misses out on the target, VAR will not order for it to be retaken.


A player will be regarded as encroaching on a penalty if they have a direct effect on the ball i.e they clear it or touch it in a rebound. In addition, encroachment will still be considered if a player’s foot is in, or on the area or arc line of the penalty box.


A press release from Premier League mentioned: “The offside procedure does not permit resistance levels.” implying there will be no actual modification to just how off-sides are evaluated as well as any kind of ball-playing part of the body which is past the line of the last defender is most likely to be regarded offside, consisting of a shoulder or a little part of the foot.


When a straight goal-scoring chance happens, assistant referees will not raise their flag up until the flow of play is over. When the attack is done, just after that will certainly the assistant referee raise his flag if they consider the player to be offside. If a goal is scored, the decision will certainly after that be checked at VAR’s Stockley Park base.


The Premier League additionally confirmed earlier in August that the EPL will certainly change back to the use of three substitutes per game, with a maximum of 7 on the bench. Furthermore, drink breaks have also been removed from the next season, except during extremely warm weather conditions.

The handball regulation has also been modified for the 2020/21 season with the FA confirming that an unintended handball by an attacking opponent will just result into a foul if it takes place instantly before a goal or clear goal-scoring possibility.

The parts of the arm taken into consideration being punished by the handball regulation have actually been specified much more clearly. The shoulder is regarded not to be a handball, however, any kind of touch by any part below the shoulder might lead to a handball.

That’s it folks. Don’t get furious when you an usual ruling in the 2020/21 Premier League season.

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