‘You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender’: Arsene Wenger leads FIFA move to change offside law and end VAR chaos… and new rule could be used at Euro 2020
- Arsene Wenger will seek to change offside law and end current VAR chaos
- His major overhaul of the law will re-balance the game in favour of the attacker
- He plans to push it through in his role as FIFA’s head of global development
Arsene Wenger plans to change the offside law in a bid to end the VAR controversy.
Wenger wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of the body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender — even if other parts of their body are between the last defender and the goal.
The current rule states 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.
Chelsea had a goal ruled out as Olivier Giroud was the length of a toe in front of Harry Maguire
Giroud’s disallowed goal against United would have stood as his left leg is behind Maguire
The former Arsenal boss plans to push through the change this month in his role as FIFA’s head of global development.
He told The Sun: ‘You will be not 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 millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.’
Wenger has drafted his proposals to be adopted at the annual general meeting of International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Northern Ireland on February 29.
Arsene Wenger wants to change the offside law for next season and end the VAR farce
Each of the four Home Nations have one vote, with FIFA holding the other four.
Six votes are required for a law change to be enacted and the FA, SFA, FA of Wales and Irish FA are expected to back the proposal.
If the vote passes the new law will come into effect on June 1 and be put into use at this summer’s European Championship finals.