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Put an end to the offside rule ... The wish of the legendary Marco van Basten


The ex-Dutch striker has said he is in favor of dropping the offside rule. According to him, its removal could make the matches more spectacular.

How to make football more interesting?

Ideas are not lacking.

Last October, Arsène Wenger, director of world football development, proposed several changes to the rules relating to touches, free kicks or offside.

This Wednesday, Marco van Basten, eager to make his sport more spectacular, gave his position on law 11 of football.

Unlike the ex-Arsenal manager, the Dutch legend does not only want to change it but to remove it completely.

“I am convinced this is not a good rule.

I would at least like to try it out to show that football is also possible without the offside rule.

I am convinced that football would be better without it, ”he said in an interview with

Sky Sports


A deletion that would improve the show?

For the former Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan striker, developing football is essential to continue to interest football fans.

He believes that dropping the offside rule outright would make the matches more exciting.

He says: “If you remove the offside line, the defense will sink further.

But if you go back too far, the 18-meter zone will become a scrum and the keeper won't be able to see anything.

So the teams will know that is not the solution [...] Therefore, the goalkeeper will want everyone to come out and that is exactly when it will get interesting. ” 


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The triple Ballon d'Or argues that this change would lead to tactical evolutions favoring more attacking football, or in any case, with more possibilities to score: "If the attackers can move behind the defenders, there are many more possibilities of goals.

This will make the defense more difficult [...] On the other hand, when you are defending if there is no offside, you can still have one or two players far away so that when you receive the ball , you can pass it on to your attackers in the other half of the pitch.

The attacking team will have to be much more aware than today, because the pitch is getting bigger, ”he explained.

To see if it will be listened to!

The saving head of Marco van Basten in the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup

Read also

  • Marco Van Basten: "I went from the highest level of football to the lowest level of personal misfortune"

  • Football: Arsène Wenger wants to change the offside rule

Source: lefigaro

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