What is new in the 2022/23 Premier League?


The IFAB has clarified the offside rule and explained what constitutes defensive players “deliberately playing” the ball.

Now an offside player will not automatically become onside when a defender touches the ball. The guideline states: “Deliberate play is when a player has control of the ball with the option of passing the ball to a team mate, gaining possession of the ball or clearing the ball. If the pass, attempting to gain possession or clearing by the player in control of the ball is incorrect or unsuccessful, it does not negate the fact that the player deliberately played the ball.”


The club captains decided to use specific moments in the campaign to take the knee, rather than before each game. This will include during the season opener this weekend.

This will also happen in the ‘No Room for Racism’ match rounds in October and March, Boxing Day fixtures and the final day of the campaign.


There are also, of course, more obvious things to know about this term.

Nottingham Forest are back in the top flight for the first time this century and should have United Dean Henderson in goal. Bournemouth and Fulham are the other two newly promoted teams.


Obviously, the biggest change is the break in the Premier League schedule due to the World Cup taking place this winter in Qatar. The national top-flight season ends on November 12/13 and resumes on Boxing Day (December 26).


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