POLL: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Offside?
FIFA has a serious problem.
There have been four goals wrongly disallowed for poor offside calls in the World Cup so far, and we’re not even out of the group stages.
- Two against Mexico (v. Cameroon)
- One against Switzerland (v. Ecuador)
- One against Bosnia and Herzegovina (v. Nigeria)
The first three goal decisions did not change the outcome of the game, though they did impact goal differential. Both Mexico and Switzerland would be better off in their groups with the extra goals counted, even though they took all three points from each match.
The Bosnian one (above) – disallowing what might be one of the most beautiful goals of the tournament, from Edin Dzeko – arguably changed the outcome of the game, since BIH would at least have earned a point had the goal stood.
FIFA clearly has to make changes to how the ARs are making these calls, from a credibility standpoint.
But there is no easy answer.
So, let’s play a game! Let’s wave our referee freak flags in the air like we don’t care!
This is all academic, yes, and not at all scientific, no, but which of the myriad solutions for offside would you choose if you were the only person who could save football?
Vote, and then tell us what you think in the comments!
(And thanks to reader Skwigs for the great post idea! Most of these answers are his…)
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