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Why is the German league messing around with the offside rule? October 20, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in German soccer, International soccer.
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ESPN’s Uli Hesse wrote Tuesday about recent problems interpreting the offside rule in the Bundesliga.

“The German FA’s referees had visited the clubs before the season to inform players and coaches that passive offside would be penalised much more often in the future,” Hesse wrote. “This new directive was the result of a seminar held in May, known as the FIFA Referee Assistance Program, meant to make this particular refereeing decision less of a judgment call.”

Why?

The modern offside rule, Jonathan Wilson has written, is a “work of genius.” All of a sudden, passing, possession, technique and, in short, all the things considered beautiful in the sport, have replaced physicality as the dominant mode of modern soccer. Soccer is better now because of the liberalization of the offside law. That is to say, this has pretty much been the only thing FIFA has gotten right this century. And now FIFA is trying to undermine it. Insane.

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