Handball rule changed as football's law makers Ifab confirms new accidental ruling. 5 March 2021. From the section. Accidental handball that leads to a goal-scoring chance or a goal for a team ...
So that means a player will be penalised for handball if: The hand/arm is clearly away from the body and outside the "body line". The player clearly leans into the path of the ball. The ball ...
The handball rule has been a bone of contention throughout the season and will be changed ahead of 2021-22
Finally, it was agreed that, to give players, coaches and match officials more time to become familiar with the changes to the Laws of the Game, the date on which they become effective will move from 1 June to 1 July, although competitions will retain the flexibility to introduce changes prior to that date.
From the 2020/21 season in the Premier League, there will be a new interpretation of the law on handball made by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) . The boundary between the shoulder and the arm is now defined by "the bottom of the armpit". To penalise a player for handball the match officials must have clear evidence that the ball has struck the player's arm below the bottom of the armpit and in the red zone indicated below.
It was an interesting move because it wasn’t a change to the laws of the game, which can only be decided by the International Football Association Board, but rather just a change to the way that referees viewed handball offences. The change in approach asked referees to take into account how close the player alleged to have handled the ball was to the kicker, how quickly the ball was travelling and the position of the offender’s arm - was it in a natural position when the ball struck it?
The international Football Association Board - the authority in charge of determining the laws of the game - have voted to update the handball rule. IFAB confirmed that the rule now dictates that an accidental handball that leads to a team-mate scoring a goal or having a goal-scoring opportunity will no longer be considered an offence after their annual general meeting on Friday afternoon.
The rule, allowing clubs to make five changes per game as opposed to the usual three, was brought in upon football's restart in June 2020 following the Covid-enforced break.