I know the offside rule in football, but how did the current ruling come about? Along history, there have been numerous modifications to this particular rule.
What were the reason behind the current offsides rules in football (soccer)?
The change states that an attacker should be considered offside when "gaining an advantage by being in that position'' in situations that will now include receiving the ball from a rebound or deflection from the goal frame or a player in the defending team attempting a tackle, block or save.
Also why have they been changed throughout its history?
Several reasons include:
- Freeing up game flow
- Reducing confusion
Reducing uncertainty of calls
If an assistant referee is not totally sure about an offside offence the flag should not be raised (i.e. in case of doubt benefit must be given to the attacking team).
Ensuring correct judgment
an assistant referee should not raise the flag before considering the following criteria, so called "wait and see" technique:
Movement of the ball (direction, speed, distance, any deflection, etc.)
Involvement of the player in active play by interfering with play...an opponent or gaining an advantage.