Arsene Wenger proposes 'game-changing' alteration to offsides

The former Arsenal boss is now Chief Head of Global Football Development at football's governing body

2:00pm on Sunday 11th October 2020
Martin Macdonald

Arsene Wenger has outlined proposals for radical new changes in the rules of football, including what could be a game-changing alteration to the offside rule.

The former Arsenal manager, who has been credited with helping to change the style of play in the Premier League since his arrival in London in 1996, was appointed FIFA's Chief Head of Global Football Development following a sabbatical from management after leaving the Gunners in 2018.


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In an interview with L'Equipe, he explained a few proposed changes to the game which could be implemented in the next few years:

The offside rule:

“For the moment, you are offside if a part of your body that you can score with sits ahead of the body of a defender.

“I would like it to be that there is no offside so long as a [single] body part which a player can score with is in line with the defender.

"This could be too much of an advantage for an attacker, because that obliges the defenders to play higher up.”

Kick-ins, not throw-ins

“I would also like to change the throw-in rule. Five minutes before the end, a throw-in for you should be an advantage, but in these situations you are facing 10 outfield players in play, whilst you only have nine.

“Stats show that in eight out of ten of those throw-in situations, you lose the ball. In your half of the pitch, you should have the possibility to take a kick instead.”

Corners, free-kicks

“We are also considering other things: an in-swinging corner that goes out of play and comes back in could be made valid, this would create new goalscoring opportunities.

“There is also the option of quickly playing a free-kick to yourself.”

Wenger's proposals are aimed at making the game flow better, as well as creating more chances for goals.

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