Drogba's consolation goal just now being a case in point - a yard behind the back line when the ball was played... three yards in front when received. Perfect through ball.
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In my experience, other than the timing issue, the two things people find most confusing about the offside rule are that it's the second-last defender, not the last, and that you also can't be offside if you're behind the ball. Essentially meaning that if the goalkeeper moves out, one defender being ahead of the offending player doesn't prevent it being offside, and that any pass going backwards won't lead to an offside call.
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Law 11.3: No offence
There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:
• a goal kick
• a throw-in
• a corner kick
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What's the downside in having a rule that says:
It's offsides if an opposition player crosses the penalty box unless:
A) The ball is already inside the box (either held by your team or the opposition)
B) You are crossing it while in possession of the ball
That way it's up to the defense to stay in possesion, you can't just hang out right at the goal line. If the penalty box is too close, maybe draw another line 2/3 of the way between the midfield and the penalty box. Would be massively easier to enforce.
Last edited by silentstriker; 21-06-2010 at 01:14 PM.
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