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Arsene Wenger Wants To Introduce Some Interesting New Rules To Football

Ryan Sidle

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Arsene Wenger Wants To Introduce Some Interesting New Rules To Football

Arsene Wenger has revealed four drastic changes to football's laws that he'd like to see, with the offside rule one of those changed.


The Frenchman was in charge of Arsenal for 22 years until 2018, ending 34 years in management, and though he's not officially retired as a manager he now works forFIFA.

As part of his job as chief of global football development, the 70-year-old sits on the International FA Board, which decides on changes to the games laws.

Wenger has come up with some interesting ideas for changes as well, as he revealed in an interview with L'Equipe, via Get French Football News.

"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.

Wenger has some big changes in mind. Image: PA Images
Wenger has some big changes in mind. Image: PA Images

"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 goal scoring 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 10 outfield players in play, whilst you only have 9. Stats show that in 8 out of 10 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."

So for offsides it would mean if any part of the attackers body that he can touch the ball with was onside then he would be considered fine, whereas it's currently the opposite.

It's not the first time the former Monaco manager has proposed this change and last year it was reportedly being considered for Euro 2020, however it was in answer to problems with VAR and fans quickly explained why it wouldn't work.

At least this would have been onside. Image: NBC
At least this would have been onside. Image: NBC

Taking a free kick directly to yourself and being able to dribble with the ball certainly worked in field hockey and could make things interesting too.

Talking about recent changes to the game, Wenger also explained why defenders being able to be passed to in the box from a goal kick had changed the game so much, adding, "I think that the new rule that allows you to play in the box from the start of play within 5.5m has profoundly changed play. I have to admit that I did not see it coming. This has consequences.

"The real playmaker now is the goalkeeper. And instead of looking to play as quickly as possible in the opposition half, you are looking to create space in your own box. This has created dangerous situations because teams press very hard, so well that they leave a lot of space.

"And this rule, which was innocent at the start, has profoundly turned the game upside down."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Arsene Wenger

Ryan Sidle
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