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The Premier League is set to use thicker lines while judging narrow VAR offside calls next season.

Top-flight chiefs have made the change after a campaign littered with marginal decisions which proved deeply unpopular with fans.

The use of thicker lines by the video assistant referee will hand attackers a bigger margin for error, putting an end to so-called armpit offsides.

Premier League clubs and referees anticipate the change having a drastic impact on matches after many this season were marred by attackers being ruled offside due to their heels, toes or armpits.

Under new protocols, those body parts being narrowly beyond the defender are no longer likely to result in penalisation.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was one of many penalised for an 'armpit' offside
(Image: BBC)

As reported by The Times , the system using thicker lines is already in operation in other UEFA competitions and the Dutch Eredivisie.

Its introduction in the Premier League means television viewers and broadcasters will no longer see the process of the offside lines being drawn, just the final result.

The 20 top-flight clubs agreed to the VAR change during their annual general meeting near Harrogate on Thursday.

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Referee chiefs were involved in the process, while they are also investigating ways of increasing the threshold for what warrants a penalty.

The report adds they will draw up criteria in a bid to provide clarity on what is deemed a foul in the box.

Meanwhile, Premier League clubs have answered a survey in which they were prompted to give their opinions on VAR and raise the changes they would like to see made.

Do you think the introduction of thicker lines will improve VAR next season? Have your say in the comments.

In the midweek AGM, the 20 sides were informed of plans to introduce automated offside technology, although this is believed to be at least two years away from being ready for use. As such, clubs decided to use thicker lines in the meantime.

Managers, captains and sporting directors were involved in the survey process, while fans' views on VAR will also play a part in future changes.

A Premier League presentation to clubs in March said: "The purpose is to identify improvements to the VAR system and form a common understanding of where a VAR interpretation is expected and how changes can be made to increase consistency in interpretation and decision-making.

"The results will inform the coaching and training of match officials during the close season and changes will take effect in season 2021-2022."

VAR has been in force in the Premier League for two seasons and has faced sustained criticism despite a change made last August allowing referees to consult pitchside monitors for subjective decisions.