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Thursday, November 26, 2020
IFAB Wants More Clarification on Handball Law

The Football and Technical Advisory Panels requested more clarification on the handball law.

They claimed the interpretation of handball incidents have not always been consistent, despite the revised wording to the law for 2019-2020.

It was re-emphasized that the final judgment remains with the referee and not every touch of a player's hand or arm with the ball is an offense.

In terms of the definition of the term "unnaturally bigger", referees should judge the position of the hand or arm in relation to the player's movement in that phase of play, it was ruled.

The Football and Technical Advisory Panels also discussed potential options to be explored around the offside law and making football more dynamic.

It was agreed that any proposal would need to be applicable at all levels of the game and easy to apply for the match officials, and mindful of the dynamic nature of players' movement.

It was also agreed that extensive trials would be necessary before a law change could be proposed.

The Panels were then updated on the latest developments with Video Assistant Referees (VAR).

This discussion focused on future innovations that could include more affordable VAR systems, to allow competition organizers with limited budgets to be able to access and use VAR technology.

IFAB acts as a guardian of the Laws of the Game - football's rules.
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