The Premier League season is now well underway. The favourites, Manchester City, dropped a point with a 0-0 draw to the Wolves while Liverpool and Chelsea both had a solid start, each picking up the full nine points in their first three games.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Arsenal are failing to find form, each winning one of their season openers. So, overall, it’s shaping up to be an excellent year for English football!
Every year, the rules of the Premier League change, and this year is no different. Sometimes, these changes are ground-breaking or disruptive, but this year, there are a few rule changes that will affect players on the pitch.
The rule changes also don’t affect the culture off the pitch too much. For fans, the beautiful game will play out very similar. Football betting will still work the same as well.
You don’t even have to know the rules of football to play the Football Rules slot game. This year, it’s the managers who will have to be most aware of the changes.
The Premier League transfer deadline was moved back to August 19th this year. As such, all the Premier League signings took place before this date.
A total of 92 clubs from the top-four English divisions voted for the change, allowing the players and managers to settle in and focus on the opening games of the season rather than expecting a transfer disruption after the league began.
However, the European transfer markets were still open, and so players could potentially be sold to other teams after the buying deadline.
Discussions will take place in September and October so that clubs will have the opportunity to put forward their opinion about how successful the switch was. It will not be a formal review, and the change to the transfer window is likely to be here to stay.
Bad behaviour from the players now results in immediate consequence. But that’s how it should be. The referee gives them a yellow or red card, either to calm them down or to shun them from the pitch.
And though the system for controlling manager behaviour has not been so straightforward, this year, the Premier League introduced new rules to give the referee more authority to dish out punishment for dugout misdemeanours.
In the EFL, the managers can get red or yellow cards. In the Premier League, however, as of this year, managers who are given repeated warnings from the referee will be punished. Here’s the breakdown:
- Four warnings equal one-match ban
- Eight warnings equal a two-match ban
- 12 warnings for a three-match ban
- 16 warnings result in an FA misconduct
Technology in the technical area
Technology will now be allowed in the technical area during gameplay. This rule change directly affects players and managers, opening room for strategic improvements and communication between team staff.
Coaches and managers will also be allowed to use devices such as tablets. However, they cannot be used to look at the game footage and argue with the referee.
Mainly, the technology will be used to relay messages between the coaches and staff, but managers can also show tactical videos and information to subs and analyse real-time game data to inform their decisions.
It’s not a big game-changer, but this is something that could give managers and coaches an edge.
The fourth place team qualifies for Champions League
Though technically a Champions League rule change, this affects Premier League teams and managers. Starting this season, whoever finishes in fourth place in the league will gain qualification for the group stages of Europe’s most prestigious competition, without having to go to the playoffs.
Last year’s fourth place side, Liverpool, will be the first to benefit from the change.
VAR or no VAR?
Indeed, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is a disruptive technology. Some argue that it ruins the flow of the game while others say that it brings improvements to the fairness of major decisions, making it well worth it.
Regardless of the opinion, VAR is bound to come into play sooner or later, as it did in the World Cup 2018.
This year, VAR will not feature in all Premier League games, though it will be used in many Premier League stadiums for the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.
Meanwhile, the Premier League will continue testing VAR this season and likely implement the technology fully in coming years. For now, the referee will need to rely on his officials to make the call.