Premier League rule changes that will affect Everton and Liverpool – .

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Premier League rule changes that will affect Everton and Liverpool – .


Everton and Liverpool both continue their preparations for the new season with just over two weeks before the big kickoff.
The Blues continued their preseason campaign by winning the Florida Cup on Sunday night after beating Millonarios on penalties.

New signing Demarai Gray scored there in regulation before Asmir Begovic scored, then saved his counterpart Juan Moreno to secure his side a 10-9 victory.

While on Friday night, the Reds beat Mainz 1-0 in their third game of their preseason tour in Austria.

Owen Beck’s cross was turned into his own net by Luca Kilian late to give Jurgen Klopp’s side their first pre-season win so far.

The Blues have two more pre-season games to go, while Liverpool have three, including two at Anfield.

Everton will kick off their Premier League home campaign against Southampton on Saturday August 14, while the Reds travel to newly promoted Norwich City on the same day.

And ahead of the new campaign, ECHO looked at the most important rule changes that will affect top-flight teams this season.

From the thicker lines used to the new handball rules, Blues and Reds supporters will have to get used to things being different this season.




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New handball rule

A pretty big change considering the impact of this rule not only on Everton and Liverpool, but on the Premier League as a whole last season.

As a result of this change, an accidental hand in the preparation of a goal will no longer be considered a violation.

The new language reads: “A player is considered to have abnormally enlarged his body when the position of his hand / arm is not a consequence or justified by the movement of the player’s body for that specific situation. By having his hand / arm in such a position, the player takes the risk of his hand / arm being hit by the ball and being penalized.

In addition, the MEN reports that the new law no longer specifies that particular positions are inherently unnatural (i.e. the language removed from “the hand / arm is above / beyond their shoulder level “, which codified specific movements as unnatural by default) or that particular movements are still not an offense (i.e. deleted wording specifying that it should not be an offense if” when a player falls and the hand / arm is between the body and the ground to support the body, but not extending sideways or vertically away from the body ”).

VAR interpretation of offside

The Premier League must implement a change in the way the video assistant referee interprets offside law in the new season following the system’s success at Euro 2020.

VAR has been a major source of debate since its introduction to the League, with a number of contentious calls made using the system.

One of the main areas of concern is the law of offside and the tendency to exclude goals due to side calls.

But for this season, the Premier League will use thicker lines to determine offside.

However, it’s still unclear how thick the lines will be or what pattern the Premier League will follow.



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The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has not set a requirement for the thickness of offside lines when using VAR.

But the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have made a deal and fans should have more clarity once the season begins.

According to FIFA, only the lower armpit should now be classified as offside, which could rule out future controversies.

How many replacements are allowed

Given that the Premier League stayed at three substitutions per game last season and the EFL is coming back from five, it’s hard to see that change before the new campaign.

However, the Premier League has yet to confirm whether teams will be allowed to form an 18 or 20-man squad this season, having changed the rule to 20 midway through last season.

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