Ahead of the 2022/2023 season, there have been some changes approved by the Premier League
The Premier League kick off on Friday as Arsenal visit Selhurst Park Stadium to take on Crystal Palace by 8pm.
With many faces switching sides, including Gabriel Jesus who joined Arsenal this summer, many changes will be seen aside players changing sides. What are these?
The Premier League has approved and announced 9 things to expect this 2022/2023 season.
1. Five Substitutes
Although some may have learnt of this, but it’s still something new to be expected this 2022/2023 season as the body has now approved up to 5 substitute for each side during match days.
This was raised from 3 after a summer meeting between clubs and agreements were reached.
The changes will be done between three slots during the match and also an additional slot during half time break.
In addition to that, a total of 9 substitutes can now be named on the bench (was seven during the 2021/2022) season.
2. Return of Multi-Ball System
In quest of cutting down time-wasting during matches, the Premier League has approved the resumption of Multi-Ball System.
Premier League aims to keep the games flowing and drastically cut down game time delays.
This system was used during the closed door matches period of the Coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 10 balls will be used on each match; 1 on the pitch, 8 positioned in strategic locations around the perimeter and another 1 with the fourth official.
3. Four New Match Officials
New match officials have been promoted to the slots by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.
This was necessitated by the new roles taken on by Mike Dean, Kevin Friend, Jon Moss and Martin Atkinson who will not be refereeing Premier League fixtures anymore.
Below are the four names promoted to the Premier League Refereeing team;
- Tom Bramall (male)
- Natalie Aspinall (female)
- Nick Greenhalgh (male)
- Steve Meredith (male)
4. Penalty Rule Amendment
The penalty rule has been amended in the IFAB Law of the Game. This amendment comes specifically in the Goalkeeper positioning.
The Goalkeeper must now have one of his foot touching the goal-line when the ball is kicked. The Keeper must never be behind or in front of the goal-line when the ball is kicked.
5. Match Postponement
In this aspect, the instruction has been amended if a team has inadequate number of players.
The Board will continue to assess requests on facts and cases by case basis. Approval of this request will now be granted if only the result of a players absence is “truly exceptional and where the club concerned have taken all reasonable steps to avoid the necessity to make the application”.
6. Changes To Offside
The IFAB has now shed light on what constitutes defending players “deliberately playing” the ball.
“Deliberate play is when a player has control of the ball with the possibility of passing the ball to a team-mate, gaining possession of the ball, or clearing the ball. If the pass, attempt to gain possession or clearance by the player in control of the ball is inaccurate or unsuccessful, this does not negate the fact that the player deliberately played the ball.”
7. ‘Take The Knee’ Ammended
In fight against Racism, the club captains has decided on specific moments to ‘take the knee’ during the 2022/2023 season campaign.
“It will also occur during the ‘No Room for Racism’ match rounds in October and March, Boxing Day fixtures and the final day of the campaign.”
8. New Teams
Nottingham Forests make an epic come-back to the Premier League for the first time this century and have already recruited some familiar names including former Manchester United attacker, Jesse Lingard and United Goalie, Dean Henderson.
Fulham and Bournemouth are also back in the Premier League.
9. World Cup
The World Cup will come as a the biggest change to the Premier League this season as the league will pause for the World Cup which is set to take place this winter.
The Premier League season will pause on 12th November 2022 and resume on 26th December 2022 (Boxing Day).