UEFA unveils new rules that will affect Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal in Europe next season

Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and others will be affected by the new UEFA rules that will be used for next season in both the Champions League and the EUROPA League.

Chelsea having fallen behind to an early goal from Christian Pulisic, Arsenal faced an uphill battle to secure themselves a place in next season’s Europa League, after they failed to secure a top-six finish in the Premier League this season.

But two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the job done for Mikel Arteta’s side, meaning they will compete in the Europa League next season alongside North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who must battle their way through the early qualifying rounds to secure a place in the competition.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will compete in the Champions League once again after they secured a top-four finish this season.

And ahead of this season’s Champions League campaign resuming this weekend, which will see Frank Lampard’s Blues look to try and overturn a 3-0 deficit against Bayern Munich, Uefa have announced new law changes to their competitions, which will come into effect from this weekend.

The changes, which have been sanctioned by football’s lawmakers – the International Football Association Board (IFAB) – became official on 1 June 2020, the official start date of the international 2020/21 football season, even though the coronavirus pandemic, of course, has seen the dates changed.

They will be adopted by UEFA for the remaining matches of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women’s Champions League and UEFA Youth League, as well as for 2020/21 club competition qualifying games, which get underway later this month.

Amongst the new rules is a change to penalty kicks.

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The new penalty law states that a goalkeeper will not be punished if a penalty kick is missed or rebounds off the woodwork, unless the offence clearly affected the penalty taker.

For a first offence, the goalkeeper will be warned, but any further disruptions will see him brandished with a yellow card. On the other hand, the taker of the penalty will be penalised if the goalkeeper and the taker is offended at exactly the same time.

Roberto Rosetti, Uefa’s chief refereeing officer, said: “In general, with the Laws of the Game, there are just a few minor changes.

“when the goalkeeper saves the kick [by encroaching], it’s not a caution for the first offence, but [the keeper] must be cautioned for any further offence.

“Most goalkeeper encroachment results from a mis-anticipation from the goalkeeper and small offences are now detected more with the technology, with the video assistant referee.”

As well as changes to penalty scenarios being brought in, alterations are also being made about how the outcome of an encounter is determined.

For games that require a penalty shoot-out to reach a conclusion, yellow cards that have been handed out in the 120 minutes that build up to the shoot-out will no longer be carried over.

This rule may not affect outfield players too much but it could be a huge benefit to goalkeepers, as they, of course, can come under far more scrutiny during a shoot-out.

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