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Kick Off - - INSIDE - Adel Is­mail Mekki, Cairo, Egypt

Can­cel the off­side law

Since the in­cep­tion of the off­side law, very few have dis­cussed whether it helps the beau­ti­ful game or not.

The off­side law has the fol­low­ing dis­ad­van­tages:

• Ei­ther no goals or less goals in matches.

• The fail­ure of many at­tacks due to the re­stric­tion of the strik­ers’ move­ment.

• Makes the matches bor­ing and frus­trat­ing to watch due to the break­down of the at­tack­ing plays.

Can­cel­la­tion of the off­side law has the fol­low­ing ad­van­tages:

• More goals in matches.

• Foot­ballers can play with more speed and free­dom when at­tack­ing - strik­ers will not have to wait and mod­ify their po­si­tion in re­la­tion to op­pos­ing de­fend­ers.

• A more ex­cit­ing game for sup­port­ers and play­ers

• End the ar­gu­ing about de­ci­sions by lines­men when call­ing off­side. I urge FIFA to test out the can­cel­la­tion of the off­side law in friendly matches be­fore per­ma­nently do­ing so in of­fi­cial fix­tures. Any ar­gu­ment around the can­cel­la­tion of the off­side law will be un­re­al­is­tic un­til a method of as­sess­ment (like my pre­vi­ously men­tioned method) is done and the sit­u­a­tion will be fully clear. But this could be the start.

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