A set of new rules and guidelines is set to be introduced in the Premier League next season.
The Premier League fixture schedule has already been published, with a number of mouthwatering matches set to headline the opening weekend.
According to Sky Sports, reigning champions Man City face a reunion with Vincent Kompany as they will kick off the 2023/24 Premier League season away at Burnley on Friday, August 11.
However, all of these will happen under a new set of rules which will be implemented at the start of the season.
New rules for next season
next season will look a little different for fans and players, with four new rules taking effect from August onwards.
The new guidelines have been set by the International Football Association Board, the body mandated to make rules.
Key among the new rules is that there will be a ‘greater allowance’ for time lost due to goal celebrations.
As such, there is a possibility that more time could be added on at the end of each half if teams take longer to celebrate after scoring.
Secondly, as is now the case, goalkeeperswill no longer be able to cause any form of distraction to penalty takers when spot kicks are awarded.
Goalkeepers have been directed “not to behave in a way that unfairly distracts the kicker.”
The next new guideline is that players can now avoid being yellow-carded for ‘unsporting behaviour’ if they are making a deliberate attempt to play the ball.
Lastly, there is the change to the controversial offside law.
Under the new guidelines, “a player who is clearly offside should not become onside on every occasion when an opponent moves and touches the ball.”