Premier League bring new VAR rule and 4 other rules for next season

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The VAR was subject to much criticisms this season, after a lot of calls didn’t go down well with managers, pundits, critics and even fans.

The Premier League chaired its Annual General Meeting [AGM] on Thursday ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season which begins on September 12, and among the things to be discussed, is the subject of VAR and other sensitive subjects.

As per VAR decisions, a Referee Review Area has been introduced, which will see an increased use of the area, which will be used for subjective decisions, such as for goals, red cards and penalties.

For penalty kicks and goalkeeper movement, if a goalkeeper steps out of his line during a penalty shot, the spot-kick will be retaken – unless it was saved without the interference of the goalkeeper. Player encroachment during spot-kicks will not be tolerated into the penalty box, and if it happens, the penalty will have to be retaken. Also, the new rules will not allow a goalkeeper to save a penalty with his foot over the goal-line. Should that situation occur, VAR will advise the spot-kick to be retaken.

As per marginal offside decisions, there will be no changes to the offside rule although the assistant referees will now keep their flag down for any goalscoring chances until the passage of play is completed.

As we reported earlier in the day, the five substitutions will be dropped for next season.

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