The Off-Side rule

I’ve been watching the soccer match between Australia and Greece. Does someone want to take up the challenge of explaining the offside rule to me? I like to know how good the eye sight of that referee is to be able to see the ball being kicked from the other end of the field. I mean I was barely able to do it on tele from the high angle shot.

All those fouls and tee-shirts pulling … wouldn’t it be nice if someone design tee-shirts which are pressure sensitive such that it will record hand prints, or a shoe print for up to a minute. Just so to prove or to disprove whether fouls had been committed. Or a cheaper idea, make all players wear mittens, non of the players will be able to grab anything!

3 Comments so far

  1. Alex (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    The pressure-sensitive shirt idea is great.

    The short answer to how the referee can judge it is that he doesn’t really, the main responsibility for that belongs to the linesman.

    Alright, the offside rule. Basically you’re not allowed to pass to any of your players if they are closer to the opposing goal than the opposing defenders are (at the time you kick it). It only applies within the opposing half.

  2. Khalil A. (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

    I’ll be supporting Australia in the World Cup mind you. Anyway, I nearly fell over when you talked about players wearing mittens.

    I mean, COME ON, that’s a men game! If you really want to disuade players from doing all this pulling, there’s one solution. The referee has to blow the whistle and start handing the culprits yellow cards.

    Assuming you know what a yellow card is, lol.

  3. Muyeed (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    watch this presentaion by REUTERS. Click on the rule menu.

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