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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:18 pm
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Not sure that this is going to simplify things as the author claims, and having read it twice I'm still not sure what it means.

FIFA are planning a major change to the offside law this summer, according to German football magazine kicker.

The law change would benefit defenders
GettyImagesThe law change would benefit defenders

The current interpretation of the Law 11, as noted on the official FIFA website, states that a player is offside when the ball "rebounds off an opponent to [the] attacker" if the attacker has previously been in an offside position.

It is currently not seen as an offence if an opponent interferes with a planned and intentional action by the defender - such as the ball being cleared - as the attacking player had previously been in a passive position.

According to the report, the law will no longer differentiate between an intentional nor non-intentional "defending action" which should make life easier for referees, coaches and spectators. Only if the defending player is clearly continuing with play and makes an error can the attacking player play the ball. So a defender would have to have control of the ball and essentially enter a new phase of play for the attacker to become active.

German referees' chief Herbert Fandel is expecting to receive a letter from FIFA over the next couple of days in time to brief officials during a pre-season camp in Bavaria next week.

The German season starts on the weekend of August 10, with the fixture list revealed at 11am BST this Friday.

http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/148...fside-law?cc=5739
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:37 pm
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In regards to gaining an advantage all they've done is added the word deflected in addition to rebound.

In some other countries if a player made any effort to play the ball - rather than just hitting him - they were saying it was enough to put the attacker onside even if the ball only skimmed off the top of his head.
The interpretation in England won't change.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:56 pm
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From the FA's refereeing magazine

"In the current text the word 'rebound' appears, FIFA have had numerous questions from around the world whether a 'deflection' is a rebound

In some countries if the referee determines that it was a rebound the attacker was offside, but if it was deflection he wasn't and this had caused considerable confusion. So part of this amendment just adds the word 'deflection' after rebounds to make that interpretation simpler"
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