Ever since the emergence of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Assistant, there has been more confusion about the law than ever before and now former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to change the rule entirely.
The most recent incidents happened at Sheffield United and in the big clash between Chelsea and Manchester United where Olivier Giroud’s foot was said to be offside.
When the decision was made, one could be left wondering how this law works seeing as not all players have the same height or shoe size for that matter.
Arsene Wenger not particularly happy with current offside rule
According to Daily Mail Sports, Such incidences have led former Arsenal Manager and now FIFA’s Head of Global development to push through a proposal to amend the current rules.
If successful, the new rules could be used during this year’s UEFA European Champions in June in Europe’s biggest footballing showpiece which could set the precedent of whether it can be adopted in the leagues.
Wenger wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of the body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender — even if other parts of their body are between the last defender and the goal.
The current rule states a player is in an offside position if: Any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.
‘You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front.
‘That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimeters and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.’
Wenger has drafted his proposals to be adopted at the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Northern Ireland on February 29.
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