Offside decisions are set to be overhauled when VAR changes come into effect ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
Decisions that are considered ‘marginal’ will NOT be overturned unlike previous campaigns, a move that follows how other leagues in Europe operate and will prove popular with supporters.
The “drawing the lines” feature – which saw goals get disallowed for the most ridiculous of margins – caused disruption and chaos last season, even causing high profile players to speak out against the technology.
Another change will see players no longer be awarded a decision based purely on contact alone – meaning players will no longer be rewarded for ‘streetwise’ fouls:
Critics have slammed the ruling in recent years, stating that the laws of the game actually encourages diving and foul play inside the area.
Refereeing at Euro 2020 was considered a success and paved the way for the Premier League to reflect on how it uses technology; contact for fouls was one area they identified for improvement, and we can expect to see less “soft” penalties this season.
Everyone knew VAR was going to be a learning curve yet we are set to enter our THIRD season with the new technology.
If we can finally get it right like our friends on the continent, I still believe it should be here to stay and will benefit the game that we love.