The "T-shirt line" or armpit - essentially where the sleeve on a T-shirt ends - will become a key marker on the player's body for match officials, with anything below that being handball.
From the start of the 2020/21 season, the point at which the arm stops and the shoulder begins will now be written into the laws of the game as the "T-shirt line". The new ruling aims to allow ...
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Any part of the arm below this boundary is considered handball. The rest of this article looks at the offical rule, a change to the handball rule, the so-called “t-shirt sleeve” definition and implications of the arm with the offside rule. What does the official rule state? A new handball rule was introduced in 2020 and it states:
The handball rule was changed ahead of this season to adopt the t-shirt rule, which allowed the ball to touch the top of the arm, but the change was particularly harsh on accidental handballs. Under the change, the ball could not touch a hand at all in the lead up to a goal, even if accidental, and that saw a number of goals ruled out with the help of VAR.
That has otherwise been dubbed as the ‘T-shirt rule’ and seeks to draw a firm line between the shoulder and arm.
The new handball rule will use the ‘T-shirt line’ which will differentiate between the arm and shoulder, was due to be ready to go at the beginning of next season, but when this current season starts up again the International Football Association have given competitions the choice to use this rule.
Even if accidental, no goals can be scored with the use of the arm or hand. Therefore the handball rules in football are more strict in attacking scenarios. It is usually a handball if: - a goal is scored by the arm/hand of an attacking player; or if the ball touches an attacking player’s hand/arm in the immediate goal-scoring build-up play. If the arm/hand gives the player an unfair advantage a handball can be called.
This section explains the complexities of FIFA LAW 12 HANDBALL FOOTBALL. In fact, handball rules in football are some of the most disputed decisions in the game. HANDBALL IN FOOTBALL: FIFA handball rule governs the intentional or the deliberate ball handling and accidental ball touching offences. Handball rules and regulations in football are the most controversial laws for English Premier League referees and linesmen to handle.