Great explanation of the ‘new’ offside rule

The rule itself is not new but the interpretation of ‘second phase’ offside is and as Zonal Marking point out, it’s hard to understand why far more teams are not taking advantage of it. Read it here, complete with photo diagrams and video examples.

If this does indeed catch on, leaving a striker way up field in an ‘offside’ position to benefit from a cross from a teammate in the second phase, it’s going to force a radical overhaul of defensive tactics. The game could very easily end up looking much different in the next few years if teams exploit this relatively easy path to goals.

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5 Responses to Great explanation of the ‘new’ offside rule

  1. Fred Cutler says:

    FIFA know how to take a great game and F*&(* it up in so many ways. Either you have offside or you don’t. (I’d prefer the latter, and so would most fans if they got to see it both ways and decide.) This is absurd.

    • Gregor says:

      And they should get rid of that pesky hand ball rule too!

      While I’d be interested to see what high level games would look like without offside I think it would change the game so much that, as coaches, we’d totally change what we develop and look for in players.

  2. Larry says:

    For those observant tactical genuises out there, it will catch on with how they deploy their penetrating players. The challenge will be that the referees (especially the youth level) will be eons behind in the understanding of the second phase, and thus effectively they will still whistle down the play calling players offside.

    • Gregor says:

      Very true and then once the youth level refs get it we’d need to move on to educating the loud-but-generally-wrong group of parents who already shout offside when it’s not.

  3. Bruce says:

    I’d be interested to hear how someone could argue that the striker in the examples provided was not “gaining an advantage by being in that position”. Personally I consider camping out at the top of the box while waiting for someone to put them onside, is gaining an advantage by being in that position.

    Taken from FIFA law 11:

    A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball
    touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee,
    involved in active play by:
    • interfering with play or
    • interfering with an opponent or
    • gaining an advantage by being in that position

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