The revolution of the new offside


ANDArbitration evolves, changes and tries to adapt to what football demands. At least that’s what it does IFAB, a body dependent on FIFA and responsible for everything related to arbitration. Gianni Infantino has given a lot of prominence to the IFAB and its sometimes risky decisions.

As each season begins, changes appear and are drawn, with different tests that with the passage of time end up becoming a reality. The next revolution comes, as anticipated by MARCA, from the hand of arsene wenger and refers to offside. The Frenchman, after listening to the parties involved, pitched the idea to the IFAB to be tested in the coming weeks in competitions to take place in Italy and Swedenamong other passes

Infantino proposed to the FIFA development director to find an improvement that would benefit offensive football. And Wenger thinks he’s found it. The Frenchman thinks that the show will grow and proposes that the offside change. His idea is based on allowing the The striker will be ahead of the defender, as long as he keeps a part of his body in contact with which he can score a goal in line with the last defender.

Wenger has based himself on a study carried out in the Premier and that says that Offsides will be cut in half. “At some point measures will be taken and it may even be determined that with five or six centimeters it is not offside. Everything is under study,” authorized IFAB sources told MARCA. Of the four offsides on average in each game, only two would be offside with the change in the rule, something that may make it possible for the game to be more offensive.

The initiative started in 2021 and now it is becoming a reality with the different tests that FIFA is carrying out. The first steps are very similar to those that were taken in his day first with the implementation of the VAR, the semi-automatic offside and other novelties implemented in recent years.

Infantino has never hidden his desire to change. “It is in the study phase because we want football to be more offensive every day. In 135 years of history it has only been modified twice. Arsene Wenger has presented us with a possibility and that is that there is no offside if the striker is ahead, but a part of the body with which a goal can be scored is in line with the defense. In this way we would have a much more offensive football, “he declared when the initiative began to take shape.

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