UEFA handball guidelines vs. Premier League handball guidelines, how is it different?

 UEFA handball guidelines vs. Premier League handball guidelines, how is it different?

Lets look at what handball law is?
IFAB’s laws state…

The top border of the arm is in line with the bottom of the armpit for judging handball infractions. Not every contact between a player’s hand/arm and the ball constitutes an offence.

It is an offence if a player:

  • Deliberately touches the ball with their hand/arm, for example moving the hand/arm towards the ball.
  • Touches the ball with their hand/arm when it has made their body unnaturally bigger. A player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation. By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised.
  • Scores in the opponents’ goal: Directly from their hand/arm, even if accidental, including by the goalkeeper or immediately after the ball has touched their hand/arm, even if accidental.

 UEFA handball guidelines vs. Premier League handball guidelines, how is it different?

 UEFA handball guidelines vs. Premier League handball guidelines

Every league, competition, and governing body has its own standards for interpreting the regulations of the game, and UEFA moved ahead of the 2023/24 season to attempt and restrict the giving of handball infractions in respect to deflections, as well as the punishment for yellow and red cards displayed for handball.

According to UEFA’s rules, “no handball offence should be called on a player if the ball is previously deflected from his own body, and, in particular, when the ball does not go towards the goal.” This, however, was merely a proposal from the UEFA Football Board, which comprises coaches and former players like as England manager Gareth Southgate, former England defender Rio Ferdinand, and ex-Wales star Gareth Bale, and it was never legally adopted.

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 UEFA handball guidelines vs. Premier League handball guidelines, how is it different?

The guidelines also say “not every handball should automatically lead to a caution after every shot at goal, as anticipated by the current guidelines.”

Finally, UEFA has said that they would seek IFAB to alter the rule of an automatic red card for limiting a goal scoring opportunity by handling the ball, especially to consider purpose in this judgement. As a result, according to UEFA, the statutes would be altered to display a red card only in cases of purposeful handball to prevent a goal, and a yellow card in cases where intent was unclear.

Meanwhile, the Premier League guidelines state a player will be penalised for handball if:

  • The hand/arm is clearly away from the body and outside the “body line”.
  • The player clearly leans into the path of the ball.
  • The ball travels some distance.
  • The ball touches a hand/arm that is clearly raised above the shoulder.
  • The player falls and the hand/arm is extended laterally or vertically away from the body.
  • A deflection clearly makes no difference to the ball touching a hand/arm that is clearly extended away from the body and/or above the shoulder.
  • Immediately after touching the ball with the arm, even accidentally, the player scores a goal or creates a goal-scoring opportunity.


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