Rewriting the rulebook: Fixing offside, handball rules in a post-VAR football world

Rewriting the rulebook: Fixing offside, handball rules in a post-VAR football world

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #4

Now we are several weeks into the season, supporters of almost every Premier League side have now experienced the almighty power of the video assistant referee (VAR) system and it’s penchant for disallowing marginal goals.

Offsides are quickly becoming the bane of forwards up and down the country, while the backwards handball rules involved with VAR continue to lurk in the shadows, rearing their head to snap away lastsecond winners and supporters’ euphoria with callous indifference.

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With the increased introduction of VAR, is it time that the offside rule got an overhaul?

With the increased introduction of VAR, is it time that the offside rule got an overhaul?

Football’s Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system allows for crucial decisions within the live game of football to be made by reviewing replays and seeing incidents from angles not able to seen in the moment by the referee.

Naturally, this can put an end to clear and obvious errors – the reason the system was introduced in the first place – and in a game as financially lucrative as football, eradicating these errors has always been high on the agenda.

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