6 ‘Unusual’ New Premier League Rules You Should Know Ahead of the New Season

6 ‘Unusual’ New Premier League Rules You Should Know Ahead of the New Season

Fred Kennedy
updated at August 7, 2023 at 7:25 PM
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  • The Premier League will be guided by a new set of rules which will take effect from next season
  • The guidelines include changes to the famous offside rule and a clamp down on time-wasting
  • The 2023/24 campaign is set to kick off officially on August 11

Premier League fans are bracing themselves for new changes ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The new campaign is set to kick off officially on Friday, August 11, with reigning champions Manchester City curtain-raising the season against Vincent Kompany's Burnley.

City will be heading into the season as the firm favourites to retain the title despite their Community Shield heartbreak against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

Match Referee David Coote checks the VAR monitor before awarding a penalty to West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium. Photo by Julian Finney.
Match Referee David Coote checks the VAR monitor before awarding a penalty to West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium. Photo by Julian Finney.
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Be that as it may, EPL fans will have to brace themselves for a string of new rules that will take effect once the season starts.

According to Sportbible, the new guidelines have been set by the International Football Association Board, the body mandated to make rules.

Prominent among the new rules is a change to the offside guidelines, a move that seeks to make offside-based decisions easier for referees and VAR.

Sports Brief brings you a rundown of six 'usual' new EPL rules that will take effect next season:

1. Time-wasting

We are used to goalkeepers often attempting to waste time with the ball, especially when the clock is ticking, and their teams have the advantage.

This will not be the case next season, with referees now able to book a goalkeeper for wasting time.

2. Offside guideline

The new offside rule is not entirely new, having been introduced last season.

However, it has now been officially documented and put on paper.

The new law states that "a player who is clearly offside should not become onside on every occasion when an opponent moves and touches the ball."

3. Leniency on tackles

Starting next season, referees are expected to apply some leniency when players commit a foul, especially if the referee believes the challenge was not intentional.

In the past, incidents involving the last man fouling an opponent to prevent a goal-scoring opportunity would potentially result in a red card.

However, this may not apply going forward if the referee determines that defenders made an honest attempt to win the ball.

4. Penalty antics

It seems goalkeepers are the worst hit with the new guidelines.

One of the other aspects affecting goalkeepers from next season is punishment for 'unsportsmanlike' behaviour during penalties.

Going forward, shotstoppers will be punished if they attempt to distract an opposition player during a penalty shootout.

5. More added time

Sky Sports reports that Premier League is taking a cue from the 2022 World Cup with more added time.

From next season, time will be added to the end of a game for any time wasted in other activities like prolonged goal celebrations, substitutions, or injury delays.

The clock will be paused from when play stops until it resumes.

6. Punishment for managers

In the past, managers got away with almost anything.

From confronting match officials to throwing tantrums when decisions do not go their way, managers enjoyed some level of freedom.

However, that will not be the case next season, with referees free to punish bosses.

The punishment includes yellow and red cards and getting sent them to the stands.

Arteta victim of new rule

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Mikel Arteta has become the first manager to be stung with a new rule introduced ahead of the 203/24 season.

Arteta fell victim to these new changes as he was punished during Arsenal's clash against Manchester City during the Community Shield on Sunday, August 6.

The Spaniard landed himself in trouble after he confronted the fourth official to express his displeasure after the referee failed to book Rodri for a foul on Kai Havertz.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.