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Old 12-11-19, 02:24 PM   #427
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Originally Posted by topscorer View Post
So it's only handball if the defenders hand moves towards the ball?

I thought the rule was changed this season so it was pretty much always handball unless your hands are by your body?
There is also a consideration if the ball ricochets onto a players arm from his own kick, but nothing is as black and white as its written given the frantic pace of the game and how quickly the ball is bouncing around...

Any goal scored or created with the use of the hand or arm will be disallowed this season even if it is accidental.
The handball rule now has extra clarity because it does not consider intent by a player.
Another big change is to do with the position of a player's hand/arm.
If the ball hits a player who has made their body "unnaturally bigger" then a foul will be awarded.

IFAB says that having the hand/arm above shoulder height is rarely a "natural" position and a player is "taking a risk" by having the hand/arm in that position, including when sliding.
It is, however, considered natural for a player to put their arm between their body and the ground for support when falling, so long as the arm is not extended to make the body bigger.

Premier League players will be allowed extra leeway when it comes to ricocheted handballs.
It is often impossible to avoid contact with the ball if it has deflected off the body of an opponent, team-mate, or even another part of the own player.
So a handball will not be awarded if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from their own head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/nearby.
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