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Premier League’s New Rules: Longer Injury Time

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Premier League’s New Rules: Longer Injury Time

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The English Premier League has resumed its action, continuing from where it left off last season. The reigning champions, Manchester City, kicked off the new season with a resounding 3-0 victory over Burnley on the opening day. However, this season brings some notable changes in the rules of the game, as announced by England’s Football Association.

Extra Added Time

Fans first experienced extended injury time during the last FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Referees will now be encouraged to add on time for instances such as prolonged goal celebrations, injury-related delays, and substitutions. The clock will be paused when play comes to a stop, and the accumulated time will be tacked on at the end. While this change aims to enhance fairness, it has sparked criticism from players. Manchester United defender Raphael Varane, for instance, voiced his concerns, claiming that authorities are disregarding player opinions by increasing playing time.

Disciplinary Action for Time-Wasting

Both goalkeepers and outfield players (those taking throw-ins or free kicks) may face penalties if they are found to employ time-wasting tactics. The extent of the penalty can range from a warning to receiving a yellow card. This adjustment intends to discourage players from engaging in actions that disrupt the fluidity of the game.

Offside Rule

The offside rule, a subject of constant discussion, has become even more intricate. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has introduced a modification stating that a player who is offside should not be considered onside merely because an opponent interacts with the ball. The amendment delves into the concept of a deliberate attempt, clarifying that a player is considered deliberately attempting when they possess the ball with the intent to pass to a teammate, gain control, or clear the ball through kicking or heading.


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Goalkeeper’s Conduct during Penalties

Goalkeepers, like Argentina’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, will need to adjust to the new rule. Goalkeepers could face disciplinary action if they attempt to distract the penalty taker in any manner. This change aims to ensure that penalties are taken under fair and focused conditions.

Technical Area

Coaching staff will now have restrictions in the technical area. Only one official will be allowed in the designated area outside the bench, aiming to prevent overcrowding and maintain a clear and organized sideline.

Dissent

Players who surround the referee to request cards or actions against opponents are more likely to face penalties themselves. This move is intended to discourage such behaviour, promoting respectful and orderly interactions with match officials.

Foul Threshold

Despite discussions about stricter disciplinary measures, players might experience some leniency in certain situations to save time. Referees could opt to allow play to continue if they believe that awarding a free kick following a stoppage would result in more time being wasted.

As the English Premier League continues its action, these rule changes introduce a mix of adjustments that aim to enhance the fairness, flow, and sportsmanship of the game. While some players and fans may have reservations about certain changes, the ultimate goal is to ensure a more consistent and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.


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