Referees will now consider the intentions of defenders as well as the degree and consequence of contact when considering whether to impose a penalty.
The Premier League hopes to discourage players from eliminating excessive contact for penalties and controversial offside calls by changing rules before the new season.
Referees and VAR officials are instructed to consider how much contact has been made by a defender, the consequences thereof and also the intent.
Consequently, players do not have to go into the box to get a spot kick, and referees will stop stopping the match for ‘minor offenses’.
What was said?
The aim of the new criteria is to encourage a more “free-flowing game”, according to Mike Riley, the referee’s head of the Premier League.
“Fundamentally, we want the approach to be one that allows players the best to go out and express themselves, and make the Premier League flow,” Riley said.
“This means that the referee team – both referees and VAR – does not intervene for minor offenses. It really goes: ‘Let’s create a free-flowing game, where the threshold for intervention for both referees and VAR is slightly higher than it was last season ‘. “
He added: “The clear message from the survey was football about contact. So, the principles we have established are that referees should seek contact and establish a clear contact; then they should ask themselves the question: ‘Did the contact a result?? ‘. and then ask themselves the question:’ Did the player use the contact to try to win a penalty kick? ‘
“So it’s not enough to just say, ‘Yes, there is contact.’ the referee must seek.
“Consider the consequence, also consider the motivation of the player. If you have a clear contact that has a consequence, you should punish it. If you doubt the elements, you will be less likely to be punished.
“We made another mistake last season where there was clear contact, a player stayed on his feet, went wide, lost possession. We have to go back and give him a penalty kick. I think if we did , it would have reassured players.our approach.
“I think it’s moving the knob back to where we were probably in a pre-VAR world.”
What about the offside rule?
The new rules will also lead to less lengthy VAR reviews to determine the outside of building a goal.
The use of VAR in cases where a player is slightly offside has been controversial, but the new approach hopes to make it easier for referees.
Officials will now use a thicker line than before, and if the one that indicated the attacker’s position merges into the line that indicates the defender, it will be considered on the sidelines.
“We have now effectively reinstated the benefit of doubt for the attacking player,” Riley added.
‘If you’re in a very off-putting situation, we’re following the same process we did with VAR last year. You apply the lines of one pixel, place the attacking line and the defensive line.
“You will then put on the thicker outs, and where it overlaps, these situations will now be considered on the sidelines. So effective is what we give back to the game, 20 goals that were not allowed last season, with proper forensic investigation. So these are the toenails, the noses… They may have been off last year, next season they are on. “