Marco van Basten claims that the offside rule should be DELETED, as the Dutch legend insists that teams would adapt without the current rule and that football would be ‘more spectacular’ as a result.
- Marco van Basten insists that football should scrap the current offside rule
- The Dutch legend first came up with the idea in 2017, when the technical director of FIFA
- But Van Basten, 56, has now doubled down on his stance in a recent interview
- He says football would be ‘more spectacular’ without the offside rule
Marco van Basten has argued that the offside law should be scrapped completely, as Dutch legend insists that football would be more ‘spectacular’ without the current rule.
Former AC Milan star Van Basten made headlines in 2017 when, during his tenure as FIFA’s technical director, he first made plans to rid football of the offside rule in an effort to keep the sport as the world’s most popular game. .
The 56-year-old reasoned that scrapping the rule would provide more scoring opportunities, making the game a more fun spectacle.
Marco van Basten has insisted that football would be more ‘spectacular’ without the offside rule
And in an interview with Sky Sportsthe former striker has doubled down on his stance, reiterating his belief that the offside rule is ‘not a good rule’.
“I am still very curious about the offside rule because I am convinced that it is not a good rule,” said Van Basten.
‘In any case, I want to try it out to show that football can also be done without an offside rule. I am convinced that football would be better without it.
“Football is a great game, but I still think we need to do a lot more to make it better, more spectacular, more interesting and more exciting. We have to work on that. ‘
The Dutch legend says that getting rid of offside would make a more exciting game possible
Van Basten said attackers would be free to occupy spaces behind defenders
Getting rid of football would radically change the way the game is played, allowing attackers to occupy fields behind the defense. Van Basten is confident that teams would adapt to the rule change.
“Teams would find a way to play without it,” he insisted.
‘If you remove the offside line, the defense drops deeper. They will say that you cannot get behind us because they will fear the opponents will find out.
But if you go back too far, the 18-yard box becomes a melee and the goalkeeper can’t see anything, so teams will know it’s not the solution.
A defending team would be able to put two attackers in the other half to counter quickly
Van Basten would like to see the idea tested and says that teams will look for other solutions
On the other hand, if you’re defending and there’s no offside, you can always have one or two players far away so if you get the ball, you can put it in the other half to your attacker.
‘The problem now is that we are offside and how often do we talk about offside decisions? A lot of.
“ If you’re not offside, you’ll have a lot less problems and the teams will still find other solutions to have a good game that will be just as spectacular as it is now, but without this bad rule. I am still very interested in it. It would just be fun to test it.
“I’m sure football would find a way to get even more interesting.”