On Thursday, it's the IFAB's ABM.

Why does it matter? It's the key meeting which essentially decides which Laws should be modified for the 2022-23 season.

This is the key part of the agenda. But what does this mean, and what is likely to change?
There are a series of proposals which will be discussed which aren't covered here.

For instance, sources have told me that the IFAB will definitely discuss the offside law - in particular the deliberate play of the ball that can make a player in an offside position onside.
The IFAB will discuss this aspect of offside, and possible options.

If deemed appropriate or indeed needed, the IFAB will consider changes to the wording of the offside law.

However, it may yet be deemed that further consultation is needed before any change is made.
The IFAB will discuss the changes to the Laws for this season, such as handball, to review their effectiveness and discuss is any modification is needed. Nothing is expected here.

The items under "Laws of the Game 2022/23" aren't very exciting.
Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play

This will add clarification that the referee tosses the coin to determine ‘ends’ and kick-off.

Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match

Adds that a team official may be cautioned or sent off during a penalty shootout.
Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

Will add wording about ‘illegal’ handball by the goalkeeper in their own penalty area.


Clarifies of the position of a free kick for a player who leaves the pitch to commit an offence against an outside agent.
Law 14 – The Penalty Kick

Will clarify in the wording of the Law that a goalkeeper can have one line behind the line on a penalty kick (refining from saying on or above).

So, as you can see, nothing hugely game-changing in that.
The final section is discussion topics.

It is expected that the IFAB will approve a proposal to make the option for make 5 subs (at 3 points) in a competition a permanent law change.

Note: Comps don't need to have 5. They can have as many as they want up to 5.
The IFAB is also expected to approve an extension of the trial of concussion substitutes beyond the initial end date (August 2022) to be able to gather more relevant data.

VAR "light" will discuss the development of low-cost VAR for smaller leagues and competitions.
Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS), and FIFA trials, will be discussed.

And the latest results of trials of semi-automated VAR offside will be presented. Will it be on course for the 2022 World Cup finals?

More info on that here: espn.co.uk/football/blog-…
And a reminder that while CONMEBOL's proposal for a 25-minute half-time break will be discussed, this is only a procedural matter and has already been rebuffed by the Advisory Panels.

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24 Nov
To be clear, half-time isn't going to be extended to 25 minutes (per a report today).

There won't be Superbowl-style half-time breaks.

It has to be discussed at The IFAB's ABM tomorrow, as it was proposed to the Football and Technical Advisory Panels last month by CONMEBOL.
Several members of the Football and Technical Advisory Panels raised concerns over the idea, particularly regarding the potential negative impact on player welfare and safety resulting from a longer period of inactivity.

The Panels will not be backing this resolution.
All matters raised at last month's meeting - the first step in Law changes for 2022-23 - must be discussed by the ABM.

The ABM then decides which Law changes go through to the AGM in March, which finalises any modifications to the Laws.
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22 Nov
A pretty quiet weekend on the VAR front, but here's your Monday thread.

Looking at:
- Overturned Man City penalty + possible Silva pen
- Watford's penalty + retake scenario
- Joachim Andersen possible red card
- Harry Kane handball?
There's no doubt it was the correct decision to overturn Man City's first-half penalty against Everton.

From the replay first angles, it looks like there was knee-on-knee contact between Michael Keane and Raheem Sterling. But there was none.

This incident shows perfectly why a time limit on VAR reviews is NOT a good thing.

Finding the crucial camera angle isn't always a instant thing.

First replays suggested it wasn't a clear and obvious error - until the VAR, Chris Kavanagh, checked the camera behind the goal. ImageImage
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25 Oct
Here's your Monday VAR thread, this week it includes:

- Arsenal's penalty against Villa, and VAR protocol
- Reds cards for Pogba / Saiss
- Christian Benteke disallowed goal
- Why Mathias Normann was only booked
- Brighton v Man City incidents
Starting with the Arsenal penalty itself.

Referee Craig Pawson thought Matt Targett won the ball first, before contact with Alexandre Lacazette.

But replays show it was the other way around - contact through the man to win the ball - and that's grounds for a penalty review.
So onto the VAR protocol.

I said on Friday that play should continue while a review is completed, but that's not quite right.

VAR protocol says that the referee should try to "avoid having a review after the whistle for the end of the half has been blown."
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22 Oct
Unlike Brighton vs. Man Utd, Arsenal penalty wasn't awarded after whistle for half had gone.

Referee Craig Pawson stopped play in a neutral area before HT whistle to review, per protocol.

That's why Aubameyang could score rebound. If HT blown, play stops at save. #ARSAVL
Craig Pawson blows once to stop play in a neutral area. He does not "blow for half-time" as we all know referees do with a series of whistles.

He then whistles a couple of times for attention and beckons them to stay on the field, indicating there is a review.
VAR protocol says it's better play carries on during review at the end of the half.

Foul by Targett happened on 46.56, and play continued for 45 seconds until stopped in a neutral area when monitor advised.

Play restarts at 46.56 with the pen, so rebound could be scored.
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10 Oct
Interesting application of offside in the #UEFANationsFinal for Kylian Mbappe's winner.

It's a decision which is correct in law to allow the goal, but one which many will feel should be disallowed in the spirit of the game.

Mbappe is clearly offside when the pass is played.
Remember that being in an offside position is not an offside offence.

The point when the ball is touched by the passer purely sets each player's position relative to each other for offside.

It's what happens after this which decides if there is any offence.
This is the clause which is key to the onside decision in the Kylian Mbappe goal.

"A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball, including by deliberate handball, is not considered to have gained an advantage."
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10 Oct
Wondering when the next edition of the UEFA Nations League is?

- Draw is on December 16
- England in pot 3 and face a very strong group
- Games played in June 2022 (x4), September 2022 (x2)
- UNL takes up the six international dates prior to the World Cup
- Finals in June 2023
England will be drawn against one team from each of these three pots to form their group.



Czech Republic
Format for Euro 2024 qualifying is not yet confirmed, including any details of how teams might earn playoff spots via the Nations League.

It's likely UEFA will want playoff paths via this route, though the same method as 2020 cannot be used as Germany take an auto slot as hosts.
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