Premier League 2018: 5 rule changes
The Premier League season begins on Friday evening and there have been some new rule changes you should be aware of. It’s pretty standard for the rules to change or be refined as it has happened plenty of times in the past.
1. Bad behaviour won’t be tolerated, even from managers
There won’t be any red or yellow cards issued to the coaching staff of course, but anyone who must be consistently warned by referees will be penalised. If a person receives four warnings, the manager will be banned for the match. If the manager goes on to pick up eight warnings through the season he’ll be handed a two-match ban. Twelve warnings lead to three and 16 is an FA misconduct ban.
2. Tech in the technical area
A new rule was passed to use technology such as iPads in the technical areas. The change relates to Law 4 which incorporates kit and equipment. The IFAB decided to implement the change as it was “impossible to prevent communication to and from the technical area and reasonable to have an exchange of information relating to coaching, tactics or player welfare”.
While the tablets can’t be used to argue about decisions with officials, it does allow coaches the chance to show tactical videos to substitutes or analyse live clips and data during the game.
The Football Association, Premier League, Scottish Football Association and the English Football League have all changed their rules to keep in-line with the IFAB, although they have added that any official who uses unauthorised equipment or misuses authorised equipment will be dismissed from the touchline.
Any managers who attempt to show match officials and replays of any poor decisions will be given zero tolerance.
While VAR will not be used in the Premier League this season, it will be applied in FA Cup and Carabao Cup games played in Premier League stadiums. That will increase its usage to 60 games in 2018/19. There were just 19 games which used VAR in 2017/18. VAR can only be used at Premier League stadiums.
This season, any cautions players receive will be specific to the competition they were playing in at the time. So, a yellow card in an FA Cup game, for instance, wouldn’t count towards a suspension in the Premier League.
However, red cards will apply across all competitions – although standard bans can now be decreased or increased in exceptional cases.
Players will be banned after picking up five yellow cards (with a cut off after the first 19 games), 10 yellow cards (cut off 32 games) and 15 yellow cards by the end of the season.
5. Penalties and extra-time
There will no longer be extra-time in the Carabao Cup this season. The matches will level at 90 minutes, and then go straight into penalties if the teams draw. The EFL, who organise the League Cup, have also announced the penalty shoot-out format would revert to the traditional alternating kicks, rather than the ABBA format which was trialled in 2017/18.