What would happen if you got rid of offsides?

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  1. daver Registered User

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    Trying to envision how different the game would look if there was no offside rule.
     
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    I'd imagine it'd be likelier to create a more defensive game than we have now, with increased emphasis on deeper defence, physical speed, stamina, and unsubtle counter attacks, and a resultant reduction in skill levels.
     
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    Higuain would just park his ass in the 6 yard box and not move from there.
     
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    Every player alive has developed their skills for a game with offsides. It wouldn't be good I'll tell you that.
     
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    The sweeper position would make a helluva comeback.
     
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    Ultra deep defenses and probably more long balls
     
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    Per Mertesacker would have lasted longer in the prem!
     
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    It would suck really bad
     
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    Forwards would be like basically the designated hitters in soccer.
     
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    Maybe England could finally win something
     
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    Really not that different from how the game is played today then.
     
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    lmao Higuain would never see the half line...nor would:
    Neymar
    Benzema
    any Defender
    Aguero
    Vardy
    Salah
    and all of those pure finisher type strikers

    Midfielders would die of heart attacks every game having to make up for the non existent pressure from strikers that used to track back
    Defenders would move about...7km a game

    thats just off the top of my head lol
     
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    I'd like to see the rule changed to mirror throw-ins:
    -no offsides on dead balls/restarts, only through open play
     
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    Burnley win the league
     
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    The only way Higuain would move from the 6 yard box is if the team would place a trail of big macs leading to the half line.
     
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    Canada would have ended up getting the equalizer against Haiti....
     
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    naw we would have found a way to miss the net lol
     
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    Sounds like Sam Allardyce's wet dream to me.
     
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    I mean Atiba literally scored but was called offside.
     
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    I didn't see the game to be honest
     
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    I was actually thinking the other day that an interesting rule change would be that you could “tag up” at any point before receiving the ball.

    So basically you’re only offside if you remain ahead of the last defender for the entire time from when the ball is initially played until you touch it.

    Something like a set piece where you stand 5 yards offside and then let people run past you would suddenly be legal.
     
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    I think the game would change less than we think.
     
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    Difficult to predict, but my guess is that anyone that can kick it long would be valuable as defenders. Leave two large player up front.

    It would completely ruin the current game. Difficult to say if the new game would be more or less entertaining than the one we got today. Probably less as football is probably the most successful sport humans have ever created.
     
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    It shouldn't change the game, except there is a game very similar to football that has done this. Have you watched futsal? One forward would be parked somewhat close to the goalkeeper at all times. That one thing, as unimportant as it may seem, would change the entire game. A defender would be tasked with marking that forward and it would completely change how these formations work.

    Futsal is fun, but I don't like what changing this rule would do to goalscoring.
     
  25. Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    Every game would be the 2012 UCL final, a game in which there was only one offside in 90 minutes because Chelsea sat so deep

    In a world without offsides, Vardy would never score again. Pace-driven forwards whose games are based on getting in behind would struggle because of the incredibly deep defensive lines.
     

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