The Importance of the Offside Rule
The offside rule first came into play during the English Premier League when the Reebok Cup was introduced. The purpose of the rule was to prevent souls from going to the opponents by either team. The first official occasion where the offside rule was implemented was in the Australian international soccer team when they were banned from participating in the tournaments. The offside rule has now been reintroduced to the Laws of the Game in International Football and is enforced in the same way as it was during the original tournament.
The offside rule basically states that a team is in an offside position when any of its body parts other than its feet, legs and head are in direct contact with the ball. The main issue that people have with the offside rule is that it makes it difficult for defenders to defend a goal. Many opponents of the offside rule feel that this creates an unfair advantage for teams and a team may be tempted to go forward into their own half of the field in order to try and hit the opposing player and receive a free kick.
The referee is the only person who can enforce the offside rule. If any part of your body or limbs are interfering with the referee’s view of the ball or the play then you will be cautioned. You will also be asked to leave the pitch and return to the locker room. It is not a major offence, however it is usually a sending off offence which can lead to the player being sent off for the rest of the game. If a team continues to play with ten men after the offside warning, the ten men will have to play without a bodyguard until the next match.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the offside rule. Many people believe that it is extremely harsh and would like to see it scrapped completely. Other people are of the opinion that the only way to make football more fair is for the officials to stop the play if the offside situation has arisen. This could be a solution to the ongoing problem of offside.
The referee is expected to take action even when it does not seem obvious to do so. The onside specialist will look into the situation and decide whether there is a genuine case to warrant a yellow card or red card. If he or she feels that the action was wrong, they will make a point of reprimanding the player or team-mate. The majority of matches will continue with no restrictions on either team playing against each other, but some games do require a player or team to leave the field while the result is determined. In these situations the referee will decide whether to send the players off or not.
The offside rule is a great addition to football rules and is part of the game that most fans appreciate. It is fair for all concerned to play by the rules, which means that the game can continue in the style that it was intended. It also stops one team from having an advantage when it comes to scoring goals because of an offside situation. It also allows the game to continue for another two or three days until the season starts next.