Originally Posted by Top_Cat
Field hockey abolished its very similar offside rule years ago and after a short period of some gimme goals with guy camped in the D, teams adjusted and a new era of tactics to combat it came about. Hasn't resulted in a huge jump in scoring rates to my knowledge and the game does flow very nicely these days. Albeit, a soccer pitch is a bit bigger than a hockey pitch I think so the 'extra space' created in hockey might be a massive problem if it was the case in soccer.
Just one of those things, really. No specific problem with the offside rule and certainly soccer has no problems with broadening its appeal but a lot of the arguments against it are a bit Henny Penny tbh.
Should be able to do self-pass free-kicks as well in football, has worked really well in field hockey.