As The EPL 2016/17 Season Comes Upon Us, Here Are Changes To Look Out For

Every EPL Club fan is approaching the big kick-off with real relish so we decided to compile a list of some of the changes you may notice in 2016/17…

* First and foremost, the name of the division has changed. No longer do Clubs play in the Barclays Premier League but rather just the Premier League. The logo has changed too – it is now a close-up of a crowned lion – and this is reflected in the patches on the sleeves of the players.

* A number of Premier League fixtures will take place on Friday nights.

* West Ham United have a new home ground – the London (formerly Olympic) Stadium – while Liverpool are completing a new Main Stand, causing the Merseysiders’ first three matches to be played away from Anfield. This will be Tottenham’s final campaign at White Hart Lane with United currently scheduled to be the North Londoners’ final opponents at the famous venue. Stoke City’s home is no longer the Britannia Stadium but rather the Bet365 Stadium.

* Several rule changes have taken place – including kick-offs no longer need to be passed forward. Players committing accidental fouls that deny a goalscoring opportunity will now be cautioned rather than sent off, those injured by a challenge punishable by a yellow or red card no longer need to leave the field for treatment and referees can issue red cards from the pre-match pitch inspection onwards.

* Referees have the power to send off players who confront or swear at them. Yellow cards can be issued for physical contact of any kind with the official and crowding him following a decision.

* In the FA Cup, from the sixth round onwards, clubs will be permitted to make a fourth substitution during extra time.

* The League Cup is now known as the English Football League Cup – the semi-finals remain over two legs and United will enter the competition in the third round.

* New season, new ball. It’s an Ordem 4 and pretty colourful – a mix of green, purple, blue and black.

* Look out for new faces in the dugouts. Mourinho (Man United) is making His 3rd coming as a premier league manager,  Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Antonio Conte (Chelsea) are two high-profile arrivals into English football for the first time while former United boss David Moyes has replaced Sam Allardyce at Sunderland. Ronald Koeman switched from Southampton to Everton with Claude Puel taking over at the St Mary’s helm. Mike Phelan is in caretaker charge at Hull City after fellow ex-Red Steve Bruce left the club.

* Emergency loans have been scrapped so such moves can only take place during transfer windows. Parent clubs are also no longer able to recall loanees at short notice.

* The Under-21 Premier League has been replaced with Premier League 2 – an Under-23 competition.

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