The Premier League and VAR rule changes that will affect Leeds United this season


The way in which VAR is used is set to change for the new Premier League campaign.

Last season gave Leeds United their first taste of VAR after they sealed promotion to the top flight but tweaks to the way in which it is implemented are set to be made.

The amendments are being made in an effort to move away from ‘forensic scrutiny’ and could spell the end of players being penalised for drifting offside with their toenails and noses.

The lines used to judge offside calls have been anything but popular amongst supporters but are set to be thickened in order to provide forwards with the advantage in close calls.


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As quoted by Sky Sports, PGMOL’s general manager and former Premier League referee Mike Riley said: “Fundamentally, we want the approach to be one that allows players to go out and express themselves and let the game flow.

“It means the VAR teams will not intervene for trivial offences and the threshold for referee and VAR intervention will be slightly higher than it was last season.

“We’ve introduced the benefit of the doubt for the attacking player so where we have a really close offside situation, we will follow the same process as last year but now apply thicker broadcast lines.

“Effectively what we have done is given back 20 goals to the game that were deemed offside last season by using quite forensic scrutiny.

“So it’s the toenails, the noses of players that were offside – they won’t be offside now.”

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) are also set to adopt a new approach to awarding penalties as they look to crack down on players winning spot-kicks for receiving the slightest bit of contact.

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“It’s not sufficient to just say there was contact. Contact on its own is only one element the referee should look for.

“If you have clear contact, that has a consequence, it’s a foul but if you have any doubts, in these elements they are unlikely to be penalised.

“You also want it to be a proper foul and not the slightest contact that someone has used to go over to get a penalty.”

The rules regarding handballs also came under fire last season and are set to be changed, meaning goals will not be chalked off if there is an accidental handball from a teammate in the build-up.

Decisions will also be made off-screen in an attempt to prevent the decision-making process being shared on social media and intensifying the backlash.

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