Thursday, June 09, 2005

FIFA Youth World Cup to introduce new offside rules

Well, they are calling it a clarification.

This new interpretation says that if an attacker is offside but not interfering with the play, the referee will now wait until the attacker who was offside touches the ball (or interferes with the play).

What this does to the linesman’s role is interesting. He can’t lift the flag anymore because it would distract other players, but other players also don’t know if he saw the offside or not. He also must make a further judgment as to the flow of play. His workload has gone up.

I don’t understand how this can work.

I like the clarification because it means fewer offside calls but does this open up confusion or is it just me who’s confused?
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