ArsΓ¨ne Wenger is pushing forward with a significant alteration to the offside rule in football, known as the “daylight” rule. [The Times]

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group E – Celtic v Lazio – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – October 4, 2023
The big screen displays a VAR review message after Celtic’s Luis Palma scored a goal that was disallowed REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

As FIFA’s chief of global football development, Wenger has been a staunch supporter of this proposal, which aims to modify how offsides are determined during a match.

Under the proposed “daylight” rule, an attacking player would only be considered offside if there is clear daylight between any part of their body that can legally score and the last defender. This means that as long as any part of the scorer’s body that can play the ball is in line with the last defender, they would not be deemed offside.

This proposed change has undergone trials in Sweden, Italy, and the Netherlands, with Wenger finding the results encouraging enough to bring it forward to the International FA Board for potential implementation.

However, this rule could tilt the balance too much in favour of attackers, potentially leading to an increase in the number of goals scored and fundamentally changing the game as we now know it.

The current offside rule is adequate as it stands, maintaining a fair contest between attack and defence.

At Celtic, Maeda and Kyogo would have a field day with the new rule, yet, it’s just not something that’s needed. Attackers already have an advantage, why give them much, much more of one?

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