New free-kick and handball laws set to revolutionise Premier League

Football’s lawmakers are set to agree new rules on Saturday which could drastically alter the game.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) is planning to give referees more power to prevent attacking players from muscling in on opposition walls during free kicks.

There’s also set to be further discussion on altering the handball rule in time for the 2019/20 campaign by establishing new working to end confusion over the term “deliberate” in the current ruling.

They are also expected to force substituted players to leave the field at the nearest touchline as they bid to tackle all forms of time-wasting in the game.

The Ifab meeting got underway in Aberdeen for the first time on Friday, with Fifa president Gianni Infantino, general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura and chair of Fifa’s Referees’ Committee Pierluigi Collina all amongst those in attendance for talks.

The rules regarding free-kicks would give refs extra ability to stop the common physical battle seen as attacking players look to disrupt walls.

Changes to handball decisions could also have a major impact on the game, with the potential for harsher punishments.

Just last month, English teams were warned by UEFA to expect stricter enforcement of handball decisions from VAR in the Champions League.

Manchester City experienced it the hard way when Nicolas Otamendi was penalised by VAR in their last-gasp Champions League win over Schalke last month.