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  • Updated: February 19, 2020

Wenger Proposes New Offside Law Change

FIFA's Head of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger, has proposed some changes which he believes will aid football's offside law with hopes the law could be implemented in time for this summer’s European Championships.

His proposals would mean a player will be deemed onside if any part of their body is level or behind the last defender.

Wenger said: “You will not be offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front.

“That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimeters and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.”

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“The existing ruling states that a “player is in an offside position if: any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.”

The proposed offside law is set to be discussed by the football’s lawmakers IFAB at their annual general meeting in Belfast on February 29.

Each of the four Home Nations has one of the eight votes, with FIFA holding the other four. Any law change needs six votes in favor to go through.

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