Clarification of the handball Law and confirmation concerning the launch of concussion substitute trials were the main outcomes of the 135th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The International Football Association Board (The IFAB), which was held today by videoconference. Various changes and clarifications to the Laws of the Game were agreed at ...
12. 4 Restart of play after fouls and misconduct. If the ball is out of play, play is restarted according to the previous decision. If the ball is in play and a player commits a physical offence inside the field of play against: an opponent – an indirect or direct free kick or penalty kick.
a handball offence (except for the goalkeeper within their penalty area) holds an opponent; impedes an opponent with contact; bites or spits at someone on the team lists or a match official; throws an object at the ball, opponent or match official, or makes contact with the ball with a held object; See also offences in Law 3 HANDLING THE BALL
Handball laws. 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.
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.
In its essence, it removes intent from the handball law. Therefore, if a defending player handles the ball in the penalty box with his arm away from his body, then a penalty will be given no matter if it’s accidental or deliberate. In the first 28 matches of the 20/21 season, 6 penalties were given for handball.
While that is still the case, there are now more exact examples of what should and should not be penalised for handball. The IFAB now states that a handball is awarded if a player makes his body ...
The Premier League will lobby the rule-making body Ifab to change the handball laws following the controversial penalty awarded against Tottenham’s Eric Dier on Sunday