As furore with VAR grows, Marco van Basten calls for offside rule to be scrapped


Former Netherlands ahead Marco van Basten has referred to as on soccer’s lawmakers to take into account scrapping the offside rule, saying the game would be higher off with out it.

The recreation has seen plenty of contentious offside calls because the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), with rising concern in regards to the time to take choices and the precision with which offsides are judged.

Football’s rulemaker IFAB this month stated it was persevering with to evaluation the offside legislation, taking a look at options, resembling one from FIFA head of soccer growth Arsene Wenger, for a swap that may give extra profit to the attacking participant than the present legislation.

“I am still very curious about the offside rule because I am convinced that it is not a good rule,” Van Basten, who was FIFA’s technical director from 2016-2018, advised Sky Sports.

“I would really like to trial it to present that soccer is feasible with out the offside rule. I’m satisfied that soccer would be higher with out it.

“Football is a fantastic game but I still think that we have to do much more to make it better, more spectacular, more interesting, more exciting. We have to work on that.”

Van Basten stated controversial offside choices had taken a number of the consideration away from the motion on the pitch.

“The problem now is that we do have offside and how often are we talking about the decisions? A lot,” he added.

“If you do not have offside you have a lot less problems and the teams will find other solutions to have a good game that will be just as spectacular as it is now but without this bad rule.”




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