Football's Lawmakers Announce New Changes To Handball Laws That Come Into Effect From 1st June
Football's lawmakers have revealed that new law changes relating to handballs will be coming to the sport this summer.
The spotlight has been placed on handball decisions this season, especially for the use of VAR in the Champions League. One only needs to look at Manchester United's comeback against Paris Saint-Germain after being awarded a penalty late on thanks to a VAR decision.
Well, it looks like the International Football Association Board will be making law changes that will come into effect from 1st June.
According to IFAB, handball offences will include players deliberately touching the ball with their hand or arm (the obvious one), if they touch the ball and it helps to create a goalscoring opportunity or if they score from using their hand or arm.
When it comes to giving a handball decision, referees will make their decisions based on if a player's arm or hand is in an "unnaturally bigger" position or if their arm or hand is "above/beyond their shoulder level."
IFAB says that handball offences won't include if the ball hits a footballer's hand or arm after coming off their head or body first, if it comes off another player's body or head or if their hand or arm is close to their body and doesn't make it "unnaturally bigger."
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