The roar of the celebrating fans. The agony and fear of waiting for a VAR call. The painful realization that a goal your team scored was rejected for a minor offside.

The ups and downs of being a supporter of a Premier League team will return in less than three weeks when the 2021/22 season kicks off on August 13 and Arsenal head to Brentford for the season opener.

After ongoing reigning controversy over the past season, the FA has listened to fan concerns and sought to resolve some issues related to the VAR and handball rules.

Here football.london describes the main rule changes that will affect the Premier League clubs before the new season.

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Handball rule change

One of the first rules to change is the random handball rule.

The change means that any accidental handball in the run-up to a goal will no longer be counted as an offense.

Premier League club fans had criticized the decision not to allow Fulham’s goal against Spurs last season, with Mario Lemina’s perceived handball in preparation for the Cottagers equalizer being excluded from the VAR.

The new rule states: “A player has unnaturally enlarged his body if the position of his hand / arm is not a consequence of or is justified by the movement of the player’s body for that particular situation. his arm is hit by the ball and punished. “

Referee Stuart Attwell looks at a VAR screen at the Emirates Stadium during Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leeds

WAS offside lines

The Premier League will use thicker lines when determining offside calls for the next season.

Fans became increasingly frustrated that goals were offside when the players appeared level with the defensive line and the Premier League has decided to address those complaints by introducing thicker lines.

The aim is to avoid situations where a goal is excluded due to an offside toe from a player, which Arsenal fans experienced when Bukayo Saka was classified as a minor offside against Fulham last season.

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have agreed to introduce thicker lines, but it is still unclear how thick the lines will be.

FIFA has also decided that from now on only the lower part of the player’s armpit should be considered offside after there was confusion about which part of the player’s body was offside and not

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Substitute rules

The Premier League has not yet confirmed whether teams will receive 18- or 20-person squads on match days after the rule change mid-last season due to the pandemic.

However, it is likely that the three-sub rule will be maintained, with EFL clubs reverting to three substitutions per game after five substitutions last season.