Premier League new rule will make life harder for Nicolas Jackson

Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson is likely to suffer from a new Premier League rule change which is to be brought in next season.

The Senegalese striker ended the Premier League campaign with four goals in five matches which took his tally to 17 across all competitions. His goal tally has earned scrutiny from supporters and critics with his ability to avoid the offside trap under the microscope.

Only Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez (33) was caught offside more often than Jackson (28) this season. However, new technology could see him penalised even more next season.

This is because the Premier League are set to introduce Semi-Automated Offside Technology (SAOT) to the division in 2024/25. SAOT will use ten bespoke cameras under the roofs of the 20 Premier League stadiums which will provide optimal tracking for every player on the pitch.

This shall allow 29 data points to be mapped on the player’s body to make offside calls more accurate. Currently, VAR officials review tight offside calls at Stockley Park on matchday with the attacker often given the benefit of the doubt for tight calls.

However because this technology is so accurate, it is anticipated more goals will be ruled out for offside in 2024/25 than 2023/24. Defending the decision to install SAOT from next season, the Premier League responded: “The new system will be used for the first time in the Premier League next season, and it is anticipated the technology will be ready to be introduced after one of the Autumn international breaks.

“The technology will provide quicker and consistent placement of the virtual offside line, based on optical player tracking, and will produce high-quality broadcast graphics to ensure an enhanced in-stadium and broadcast experience for supporters.”

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