The Premier League has confirmed that there would be new laws governing penalty taking in the 2022/2023 football season.
As football fans and lovers prepare for a new football season set to kick off on the 5th of August 2022, the Premier League has announced new regulations that would govern penalty taking in the league.
This new law would only affect the positioning of goalkeepers when penalties are being taken.
The official announcement was made in an official update that stated:
The IFAB Laws of the Game now states the following:”Law 14: The Penalty Kick”When the ball is kicked, the defending goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot touching, or in line with, or behind, the goalline.
Previously the goalkeeper was required to have part of at least one foot on/above the goalline at the moment when a penalty, or kick from the penalty mark, was taken.
Consequently, if the goalkeeper had one foot in front of the goalline and one behind it, this was technically an offence even though no unfair advantage was gained.
The wording of Law 14 has been amended to avoid such a position being penalised. Despite this small change to the wording, the Law still requires a goalkeeper to have at least part of one foot on/above the line until the moment when the kick is taken i.e. the goalkeeper may not stand behind, or in front of, the goal line.