Several modifications to the Premier League rules for the upcoming season have been implemented, which might come as a surprise if one isn’t fully informed about the new changes. Here are the adjustments to the Premier League regulations ahead of the 2023-2024 season:
1. Injury Simulation
Starting from the 2023-2024 season, feigning an injury and avoiding medical attention will be considered a punishable offense for Premier League players.
Commencing from 8 p.m. today, August 11, during the Manchester City versus Burnley match at Turf Moor, the duration of 2023-2024 Premier League games may extend similar to the lengths seen during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. To reduce time wastage, the league administration will incorporate the time lost due to goal celebrations, free-kicks, and penalties into the official 90 minutes, ensuring every moment counts.
3. Offside Rule Adjustment
In this season, a player may not necessarily be deemed onside if the ball touches an opponent before reaching them. This shift aligns with the written EPL rule that a player “should not become onside on every occasion when an opponent moves and touches the ball.”
4. Denying Goalscoring Opportunity
From the 2023-2024 season, a team’s last player may not receive an automatic red card for tackling an opponent who is on a trajectory towards the goal. Only intentional fouls will result in an immediate red card, while fouls committed by players attempting to play the ball will lead to a yellow card. Additional infractions like holding, tugging, and failing to play the ball may result in a player’s dismissal.
5. Goalkeeper Sportsmanship
Inspired by the actions of Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Goalkeeper Sportsmanship rule prohibits goalkeepers from unfairly delaying penalty execution. They are not allowed to touch the crossbar, goal, or goalposts to stall the kick.
6. Time Wasting
Goalkeepers could now receive cards for time-wasting throughout the match, not just in its closing moments. Referees will penalize actions that substantially contribute to time wastage.
7. Manager Behavior
From this season, club managers will be shown a yellow card if there are multiple coaches present in the technical area. Exiting the technical area or showing violence towards authorities or opponents will lead to expulsion from the playing area.
8. Crowding Referees
In the 2023-2024 season, when multiple players approach the referee, at least one player, possibly more, will be automatically shown a yellow card. Approaching match officials from a distance could also result in immediate booking.
These rule adjustments seek to enhance fairness, accountability, and sportsmanship throughout the Premier League matches of the 2023-2024 season.
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