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Often in football matches, you'll see a forward coming back from an offside position to win or compete for the ball, only for the game to be stopped for a free kick. i.e. when the ball is played forwards, we have this:
But the play then develops to this:
Why is this offside? If anything, the offside player has a disadvantage by having to run further. Note, I keep the yellow offside line the same (when the ball is played forward) so that the defence aren't penalised for running back to defend. To clarify, the player who was offside has run back onside to compete for/collect the ball.
And taking things a step further, what about this?
Now the forward has to run and change direction, and the defence again still have the advantage because the yellow line stays where it was when the ball was played forwards.
It happens too often, I think, and needlessly interrupts the flow of the game.
Edit: to summarise, I don't think the attacker should be penalised provided he returns to an onside position (the line taken when the ball is played forward) at some point between the ball being played forward and him touching or competing for the ball.
Last edited by Hopple; 26-06-2012 at 14:34.
If I've understood you right, this is the problem with what you're suggesting. If you decided the offside rule to be implemented from the position when the attacker picks the balls up as opposed to when the ball is released, you would have defenders running in the opposite direction to that which the ball is being played in, meaning long through balls and dinks over the tops would be ruled offside (e.g. imagine Everton's defenders running away from their goal the moment Song dinks the ball over to RVP to catch him in an offside position when he takes the ball down or shoots). Pretty sure it would suck this way, for attackers at least. At its worst, you would get situations where both offenders and attackers are sprinting away from the same goal to try and either reach the ball first if it were the attacker, or try to catch the opposition offside if it were the defenders.
Edit: In fact, all through balls would be ruled offside surely? Imagine Henry's goal vs Leeds. He'd be offside by the time he picks up Song's through-ball.
Last edited by nosaer; 25-06-2012 at 23:43.