Defenders will try to push out the moment a corner is cleared for example. If a subsequent header puts the ball back into the box as the defenders are running out, and the attacker is 'onside' compared to the defenders last position when the ball was played back in, he would be goal side and thus at an advantage (you said your suggestions offer the attacker no advantage).
(Original post by Hopple)
As long as the attacker is onside (not goal-side of the yellow line when the ball is played forwards) at some point between the ball being played forwards and him competing for the ball, that would be fine.
It shouldn't be too difficult, since they'd be standing in line with the last defender as they do currently.
I'm not sure I follow you. If the defenders push out leaving the attacker behind them, then the ball is kicked in and the attacker stays behind where the defenders where when the ball is kicked in, then he'd be penalised.
E.g. defenders and the attackers are in the box, corner taken and cleared, defenders push up to the 12 yrd spot, ball played back in as they are still running out - the attacker can be at the 12 yrd spot while the defenders are still turning around to chase him back before he scores. Thus, striker has the advantage by playing from an (what is currently considered) offside position, but would be onside according to your theory.
Last edited by nosaer; 27-06-2012 at 00:19.