Seven new rules you need to know as Premier League season begins

By Brian Murumba: Saturday, August 10th 2019 at 15:34 GMT +3 | Football
Fans now need to be aware of the changes that have been made and will most likely affect the teams they support [Courtesy]

The 2019-20 Premier League season is underway and fans around the globe are now watering their mouths for another party after three months of boredom.

Last season’s runners up Liverpool on Friday, August 9 opened the season with a 4-1 thrashing of the newly promoted Norwich, a display which left fans begging for more action.

Divock Origi delivered a fine low cross from the left-wing, which was turned in by Norwich’s Grant Hanley for an own goal.

Mohamed Salah opened his account for the season with a fine close-range effort before Virgil Van Dijk headed home on the 28th minute.

Origi then capped the day for the Reds with a fine header late in the first half to give the home side a 4-0 lead at half time.

Norwich came back stronger in the second half and managed to pull one back.

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But with the action now underway, fans now need to be aware of the changes that have been made and will most likely affect the teams they support.

Here are the new rules as the season kicks off in style:

Goal kicks

Defenders will now be allowed to enter the 18-yard box and collect the ball after the goal kick has been taken.


This season will see all goalkeepers forbidden from standing behind the goal line, touching the frame of goal or net and moving from side to side to put off the penalty taker.


Over the years, substitutions have been a time-wasting tool for many managers in the league. This season, players who have been hooked will exit the field of play at any point to avoid time wasting especially in the dying minutes of a game.


 In this case, if a player unintentionally scores a goal with their hand, the goal doesn’t count as intent is now not being considered in handballs.


When fouls are being taken, attacking players will be forbidden from joining the opponent’s wall. They will have to stay a metre away or be penalised for that.


The technology will not be used in all match situations. It will only be used in game-changing and unclear situations such as goals, mistaken identity and missed offences.

Drop balls

Here, drop balls have been scrapped and teams last in possession before play was stopped will retake possession and decide for themselves whether to give it back of not.


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