As FIFA’s new Chief Head Of Global Football Development, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has listed four changes he wants to make to the game of football – including to corners, throw-ins and offsides.
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Speaking to L’Equipe via Get French Football News, 70-year-old Wenger outlined his ideas to introduce the following four changes into the game:
– Kicks-ins instead of throw-ins.
– No offside if any part of a player’s body that can score is in line with the last defender.
– Out-swinging corners OK.
– Players can play free kicks to themselves.
Explaining his vision, Wenger told L’Equipe:
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.
We are also considering other things: a 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.
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 ten 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.
That all seems pretty reasonable to me. Especially his proposal for the new offside rule, which means goals like this wouldn’t be ruled out due to the attacker’s toenails being ahead of the last defender:
Like Wenger says, his ideas would result in more goalscoring opportunities, which is something people always want to see. As he says a throw-in in your own half should be an advantage to you but most often it is a disadvantage because the opponent closes you down and you’re most likely lose the ball. A free kick instead is a smart idea.
As for outswinging corners, I never understood why they weren’t permitted so that would be another welcome change. There are a load of people online complaining about Wenger’s proposals and asking whether we really need more tampering with the rules of football, but after reading Wenger’s thoughts behind the ideas I think they make plenty of sense.
Could we see them implemented before the start of next season?
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