Next Season's Law Changes Make For Interesting Reading
Neil Warnock claimed that the Premier League was the best league in the world with the worst referees and if the men in black are struggling at the moment then they're got some more laws to learn for next season.
Oh how Neil Warnock wished there was VAR in the Premier League this season. Chelsea's equaliser against Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon was clearly offside but the linesman's flag stayed down and the Blues went on to win.
Warnock was apoplectic after full time and understandably. Next season the referee will have the option of checking the screens as VAR is introduced to the league.
Of course video officials don't sort everything and have even been known to make their own controversial decisions but generally things are better.
However officials will have more to contend with next season with the new laws confirmed next season and there's some big changes to handballs and free kicks:
Just been sent the summary of changes to the laws of the game for 19/20 season. Good luck to those having to enforce them in games where players won't have seen them or be bothered to know them. Some pretty big changes...- rosshawkes (@rosshawkes) April 2, 2019
If a free kick wall has 3 or more players, an attacker can't be within 1 metre of it.- rosshawkes (@rosshawkes) April 2, 2019
Goal kicks no longer need to leave the penalty area to be in play..
Goalkeepers can't stand completely behind the line at a penalty kick.
If a player is about to be booked but a team takes a quick free kick, the referee can then issue the booking at the next stoppage in play.- rosshawkes (@rosshawkes) April 2, 2019
Drop balls don't look like they'll be contested, instead being dropped at the feet of the team who were in possession. Opponents 4m away
3) the ball touches a player's arm where the body has been made unnaturally bigger.- rosshawkes (@rosshawkes) April 2, 2019
4) the ball touches a player's hand or arm above shoulder height.
Just this season Wolves equaliser against Manchester City, in their 1-1 draw at the beginning of the season, wouldn't have counted due to the ball striking Wily Bolly's hand.
In October 2016 Arsenal scored a controversial winner against Burnley when the goal went in off Laurent Koscielny's hand but it wasn't deliberate so the goal stood. The new rules gets rid of those issues.
Goal kicks not leaving the area and free kicks being allowed to be taken quickly before a card is distributed will allow for a quicker game and allow for counter attacking football to flourish.
Keepers will have to be more wary though as a striker will be able to nick in ahead of a defender when the ball isn't leaving the area and be through on goal.
Will officials be able to get a grip of the new laws and what laws would you like to see come in?