Football's law-makers have made three big changes to the rules for next season's Premier League, including the use of VAR pitchside monitors.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB)
regularly convene to discuss controversial rulings in the game and to decide whether they need to be changed.
With the majority of the first season of VAR complete in the Premier League, it has been
decided that a number of rule changes will be made ahead of next season.
The first involves VAR pitchside monitors, and the change is likely to see referees spending far more time looking at their screens by the side of the
In explanation, IFAB said in a statement: 'Where a reviewable incident is subjective, the expectation is that the referee will undertake an 'on-field review.
'It was furthermore agreed that more insight into the decision-making process, for example access to the conversation between match officials during a review, would not be appropriate at this point, but
that more effort should be made to enhance existing communication approaches to improve understanding of the review process and the
referee's final decision.'
The second of the three rule changes regards handballs inside the penalty area, and IFAB have issued a clarification on controversial 'accidental'
It has been decided that penalties should only be given if the accidental handball 'immediately' results in a goal, i.e. 'following the handball, the ballt ravels only a short distance and/or there are very few passes.
IFAB add: 'For the purposes of determining handball offences, the "arm" stops at the bottom of the armpit.'
The third and final change is with regards to goalkeepers coming off their line when a penalty kick is taken.
From next season, a keeper encroaching will result in
the retaking of a penalty only if the initial kick is saved.
Therefore, penalties which miss the target completely will not be retaken, even if the keeper comes off his line.
Encroachment into the box from players, meanwhile, will result in the penalty being retaken, regardless of the outcome of the spot-kick.