September 20, 2021

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Expresso platform: big games | Ball in hand? on the arm? Goal? New rules for 2021/22 (and new offside under consideration)

I have already told you here about some changes to the approved rules for the upcoming season (from July 1st).

Since knowledge does not take up space, mention the most relevant here:

I – goal scored after touching the attacker’s hand/arm

From the following season onwards, a goal will only be allowed if:

1 – marked directly with the hand / arm of the attacker (albeit unintentionally);

2 – If it is scored after the ball has accidentally touched the attacker’s hand/arm and the attacker immediately scores a goal (with the foot or head, for example).

This means that, unlike what has happened so far, a goal scored by another player will be legal, even if the ball rebounds in the hand/arm of a team member immediately before that.

Additionally, it is equally legal for a random/unexpected ball to touch the attacker’s hand/arm before he or she fouls a free kick or penalty kick.

Just so there is no doubt:

From 2021/20 onwards, involuntary hands and arms of attackers will only be penalized if the player himself scores points or immediately thereafter.

II – the ball is in the players’ hands/arms (in all other cases)

In order to try to give more justice and consistency to decisions (punish or not punish certain moves), referees should begin to evaluate:

1 – Whether there is a deliberate gesture by the player to bring the hands/arms towards the ball.

If there is, in principle, it is punishment. If the ball hits the athlete’s hand / arm, then in principle it is not;

2 – If a certain touch on the ball is caused by the fact that the player makes his body grow in an “unnatural” way, that is, without apparent justification. If that happens, he is punished.

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If the abnormal position of the player’s hands/arms is interpreted as normal/expected for his action, for his movements in this context, there should be no penalty.

The analysis will continue to be very subjective (it may not be justified movement for some for others), but it sets a fairer standard, which will certainly result in fewer irregularities.

III – Arsene Wenger’s suggestion to outside players

The former French coach’s proposal to assess offsides was launched too well for future approval (based on the field tests to be conducted).

FIFA’s director of global football development now argues that a player should not be penalized for offside if any part of his body (with which a goal can be scored) is in line with the penultimate defender.

In other words, if only the attacker’s front toe coincides with any part of the defender’s body, then there should be no penalty.

In practice, the attacker is punished only if his entire body is in front of the body of the penultimate opponent at the moment of the pass.

The change will have a strong tactical impact on teams and will result in a significant reduction in penalties. Attacking football will benefit, which is fully consistent with what has always been enshrined in the spirit of Law 11.

Let’s wait to see.