The offside rule is set to undergo dramatic changes which could revolutionise the game ahead of next season, reports claim.
Following months of VAR disallowing goals for an offside toe or armpit, a new rule will reportedly see players ruled onside if ANY part of their body is in line with the last defender.
VAR was the main talking point during Man United’s victory over Chelsea on Monday
This would result in far fewer goals being chalked off for microscopic infringements.
According to The Sun, the game-changing adjustments to the laws will be presided over by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, and put in place for next season.
Under the current rule, players are deemed offside if any part of their body they can score with is beyond the line of the last defender when the ball is played.
The change proposes to flip that rule on its head, with FIFA keen to get rid of the farce surrounding offside under its current description.
One outrageous offside call came when Roberto Firmino was flagged offside by a linesman after scoring in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in November.
The decision went to the video assistant referee, who did not overturn the official’s decision due to Firmino’s ARMPIT being marginally offside.
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was flagged offside before putting the ball in the net against Aston Villa and the decision was confirmed by VAR
The red line signifies Firmino and was aligned to his armpit, which was marginally ahead of the last Villa
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 2, 2019
Wenger will lead the changes as part of his new role at FIFA
The move would shift the benefit of the doubt back in favour of the attacker, who could be onside by virtue of a finger under the proposed law, even if the rest of their body is ahead of the last defender.
Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Monday night was overshadowed by several contentious VAR decisions, one of which saw an Olivier Giroud goal disallowed because his toe was offside.
However, there are fears that the new law could result in the same lengthy checks, just for the opposite reasons, for checking to see if a player’s toe or armpit is onside.