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The 'Offside Rule'

The 'Offside Rule'
This was of course in the George Graham days when he welded his defence into a tightly knit unit.

These days I need to ask if you understand the offside law then raise your hand. As most of you will read this I do not want to fuddle those brains but does anyone understand the law as it is supposed to be interpreted by the officials.

Let's look back at last weekend's games and some of the decisions to see whether the law is being applied consistently. First let's go to Fratton Park (of course) and a look at the Chelsea goal. When the ball was played long by Claude Makelele to Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka was clearly offside and active as he ran on and scored in the same phase of play and therefore the goal should have been disallowed. Chelsea fans would rightly say that Jermain Defoe was marginally offside when he scored the equaliser but I am afraid two wrongs do not make a right.

Now to Ewood Park where Andy Johnson had a goal disallowed that would have won an important game for Everton. Johnson had returned from an offside position before he scored from James Vaughan's pass but no one including referee Alan Wiley could answer the question - when did Johnson became active? Both managers here had, understandably, different opinions of the incident. David Moyes felt the linesman got it wrong - saying 'there was no confusion it was just the wrong decision'; his opposite number Mark Hughes felt Wiley had had a bad game and 'the offside was the only decision he got right'.

Finally at St James Park in my opinion the Middlesbrough goal should have been chalked off. Julio Arca crossed from the right and Robert Huth rose above Stephen Carr to head the equaliser. Fine, no problem, there then but on the replay you spot that as Arca crossed Lee Dong Gook was in an offside position and rather than retreat and let the game carry on he remained active and made every attempt to get his head on the cross. Result goal should have been disallowed. There were a lot of bad decisions in that game to be honest - Owen did not foul the keeper and Wheater was not offside when scoring on the rebound of the bar.

Note to the FA - Please sort it out before this subsides into a farce. We must have consistency!!

Written by eastneydave.

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this was meant as part of dave's sunday toast coming up this sunday, however it was agreed that it might be better to do this seperately - and tbh i am glad that we have as it is a crackin' read and i feel it might have either detracted from the rest of that article, or not been appreciated enough... either way as said a crackin' read, and well worth a look.
pompeyrug
08/02/2008 12:59:00
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Quite happy to do that. Don't forget your Toast on Sundays though folks - I am away so say whet you like!!
eastneydave
08/02/2008 13:31:00
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this whole phase thing causes so many arguments. cant it just be when the ball is played, is he offside, and does he interfer with play. surely this is the most sensible resolution?
jbaker
08/02/2008 13:42:00
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i just used to like it when it was nice and simple you were either offside or not... granted 'some' of the changes have been a good thing, but as these 'new rules' are not carried out all the time then they are not really working are they...
pompeyrug
08/02/2008 13:47:00
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as well as this the subs rule has changed as of next season. we are just moving towards a european super league. you can't have different amount of subs in different leagues in the same constitution. what happens with fa cup? lower leagues will want 5 subs, premier league teams 7 subs. anyway the simpler the offside rule is the better it is for fans and refs alike. we might not get so angry at them if everyone was clear on one simple rule.
jbaker
08/02/2008 14:08:00
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I dont like this interfering with the play business. If a striker is attacking he is always interfering with the play because the defense cant just forget about him, he can always be a decoy and he affects the play. The rule should be simplified, and if the person who was offside but not involved in the play comes into to play, the offside should then be called and play stopped.
whitestones
08/02/2008 14:21:00
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I'm quite proud of being a girl who understands the offside rule - well sort of - they have really overcomplicated it, and this being 'active' business is a nonsense. I quote that famous old sc*mmer Lawrie McMenemy 'if he's not interfering with play, what's he doing on the pitch'. OK if he's laying injured, maybe, but then players in that position have been known to get up and score. By the way, anybody notice how well we started to play the offside trap after Tony Adams joined the coaching staff?
tracyc
08/02/2008 14:23:00
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tony adams was a really good defender, and coach, and i think it was rug who said if harry were to leave for barcodes, adams would be his man. and yes, players lying injured on the edge of their area, i was the only one in my u16 team who consistently profited from this. other managers got soo *****ed off. which is why it needs to be simplified.
jbaker
08/02/2008 14:57:00
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The quote you use Tracy well predates Lawrie McScum I think it was Bill Nicholson the old Spurs manager who used it first but ised since by Clough, Shankly and many others. And yes you are spot on that Adams has rubbed off on the back four over offside - pity it did not on Benji and Lua over the years who both appeared to be born offside.
eastneydave
08/02/2008 16:15:00
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ok, seeing as this isnt relevant to pompey fc, i feel no qualms in breaking silence, and explaining and enlitening everyone. i (think) i can safely put my hand up and say that, yes, i fully understand the offside rule, or at least, i understand how i personally adapt the law when refereeing games, however the law is open to the individual opinion of the referr, and his word is final.
pompeycarpet
08/02/2008 17:42:00
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