This season, Premier League referees plan to strictly enforce one particular rule, which might result in more goals being scored.
A new campaign is typically accompanied by a fresh set of rules, and this year is no exception. To discuss the plans, Prem officials held a group meeting on Wednesday, August 3, at St. George’s Park.
In his column, former referee and current VAR official Mike Dean stated that they would like to extend the amount of time the ball is in play. Only 55 minutes and 7 seconds per game were played the previous season.
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Because that number was the lowest in a decade, paying fans received less value for their money. “We might be more proactive in trying to let the games flow when it’s possible,” Dean said.
Teams will have more chances to score goals because the ball will be in play more frequently. It will also be a welcome change from the recent rise in stop-start behavior.
Fans should be aware of additional rule modifications for 2022–2023, such as the addition of five substitutions. However, they must be created within three time frames.
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