Offside rule is being discussed in the Premier League

Offside rule is being discussed in the Premier League

It seems that they decided to abuse offside, the fundamental football rule, amid recent statements by the UEFA president.

A few months ago, Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA president, made a stunning statement that the offside rule could be changed soon. In his speech, the functionary exaggerated, saying that the player’s nose may be in an offside position, and therefore it is necessary to make a reserve in favor of the attacking football player.

Then specifics about the value of the reserve was not given. The football community laughed and tensed, and the president’s thoughts began to sprout in the minds of other functionaries. Why is it so important now? Because with the advent of the VAR, the entertainment of football has somewhat decreased. Marketing suffers the risk of stagnation and stop making money if there is no heated discussion of each episode. VAR is drowned by judges when they issue a dubious decision. And also about it in a negative way, coaches say, complaining about the killing of entertainment and game dynamics.

Therefore, the extremity of VAR at the present time is the proposal to increase the offside line, so to speak. The Premier League clubs are planning to introduce a change in the principle of determining offside with the help of VAR. The backlog should be 10 centimeters.

So far, no changes have been implemented. The rules of the game remain the same, but you can only imagine how much the entertainment of football and the number of goals will increase on average in one Premier League season. This will immediately upset the balance of the importance of defense and attack, since high-quality defenders will not be needed and all the emphasis will be placed on the fact that one team will need to score more goals than another.

In recent years, the trend of attack domination over defense has exceeded all conceivable and unimaginable boundaries. Good defenders became the price gold, since a generation that grew up in the middle of 2000’s only noticed the game of Beckham, Zidane, Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka and others. But not Cech, Casillas, Cannavaro, Nesta, Ferdinand, Puyol and other defense players.

The definition of a defender can disappear in long-term perspective, as previously libero definition. Or the whole team will play total football according to the precepts of Johan Cruyff. There is only one conclusion in any of these outcomes - the era of attacking football, hockey scores and a lot of comebacks in the style of Liverpool is coming.