The ball touches a hand/arm that is clearly raised above the shoulder. The player falls and the hand/arm is extended laterally or vertically away from the body.
From the 2020/21 season in the Premier League, there will be a new interpretation of the law on handball made by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) . The boundary between the shoulder and the arm is now defined by "the bottom of the armpit". To penalise a player for handball the match officials must have clear evidence that the ball has struck the player's arm below the bottom of the armpit and in the red zone indicated below.
Handball is a foul by which a player’s hand or arm touches the ball. This area of the hand/arm is from under the shoulder to the tip of the finger. It’s legal to use the upper part of the shoulder to touch the ball. However, as with many things in soccer, there is a lot more to the handball rule.
As far as I can tell, before this new rule, there wasn’t a clear boundary. It simply stated that the shoulder didn’t count as handball but below the shoulder did. Before VAR, the referees were left to use their best judgement to determine whether or not the ball hits the arm or shoulder.
A ball off the shoulder is not handball. The following must be considered: 1. The MOVEMENT of the hand towards the ball 2. The distance or PROXIMITY between the opponent and the ball 3. The INITIAL POSITION of the arm. Excellent video explaining what a handball is by a former English Premier League referee.
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It is also automatically an offence if the arm is above shoulder height. There is now no handball if the ball is deflected onto the arm, or if the ball hits a player using his arm for support.
What is the Handball Rule in Football? FIFA Laws cover football fouls and misconduct. The rules state that a free-kick or penalty will be awarded against the offending player if he or she handles the ball deliberately .
Fifa Soccer Rules for Handball Definition. A handball occurs if any player, other than the team’s goalkeeper within his own penalty area, deliberately... Cautionable Offense. A handball should result in a yellow card caution if a player handles the ball for the purpose of... Sending Off Offense. A ...