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FIFA set to introduce new offside rules after Arsene Wenger’s proposals

FIFA are reportedly close to introducing a huge new change to the offside rule.

Wenger has called for an adjustment to the offside rule, and FIFA, the world governing body for football, is set to test the change.

Wenger has been vocal in his calls for the offside rules to be changed. The former Arsenal manager has served as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development since he left the Gunners in 2018.

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Under current rules, a player is often deemed offside if any part of his body capable of playing the ball is ahead of the last defender.

This has frequently resulted in lengthy Video Assistant Referee (VAR) checks, with goals ruled out due to the smallest of margins.

What is Wenger proposing?

The former Arsenal manager believes that for a player to be deemed offside, all of their body must be ahead of the last defender.

FIFA is now set to heed to Wenger’s proposals, with Sweden becoming the first league to put the proposed changes to use.


As Sports Joe reports, the country’s men’s U-21 and women’s U-19 leagues will use the new rules before it moves to other leagues in the Netherlands and in Italy.

After the trial, FIFA will sit down to discuss its impact and possible adoption before it is forwarded to the International Football Association Board(IFAB) which approves any permanent rules of the game.

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