The offside law is one of many rules in football that has become a joke.
The introduction of VAR has led to officials spending minutes deciding whether an incident was offside or not.
But fortunately, critics of the offside rule may be in luck.
That’s because Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, wants to see it change.
The former Arsenal manager want to see players given onside if a single body part is in line with a defender. This would benefit the attacker and mean more goals would be scored.
WENGER’S IDEA TO CHANGE THE OFFSIDE RULE
“For the moment, you are offside if a part of your body that you can score with sits ahead of the body of a defender,” he told L’Equipe, per GetFrenchFootballNews.
“I would like it to be that there is no offside so long as a (single) body part which a player can score with is in line with the defender.
“This could be too much of an advantage for an attacker, because that obliges the defenders to play higher up.”
I’ve got to say, that would be a good idea from Wenger. That would mean more goals, and who wouldn’t want that?
Wenger also wants to make a number of other law changes in football…
WENGER’S IDEA TO CHANGE CORNERS
“An in-swinging corner that goes out of play and comes back in could be made valid, this would create new goal-scoring opportunities,” he added.
I don’t think is necessarily needed, but it would create the odd goal here or there.
WENGER’S IDEA TO CHANGE FREE-KICKS
“There is also the option of quickly playing a free-kick to yourself,” he continued.
Again, not really needed, but it’s not something that fan are going to be angry about whether it changes or not.
WENGER’S IDEA TO CHANGE THROW-INS
He added: “I would also like to change the throw-in rule: five minutes before the end, a throw-in for you should be an advantage, but in these situations you are facing 10 outfield players in play, whilst you only have 9.
“Stats show that in 8 out of 10 of those throw-in situations, you lose the ball. In your half of the pitch, you should have the possibility to take a kick instead.”
Imagine Trent Alexander-Arnold putting the ball down on the touchline and spraying a 60-yard ball from his own half straight to Sadio Mane’s toe? I’m for it.
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