A new off-side rule has been introduced ahead of the beginning of a new football season. Premier League kick-off at England from 8th of August 2015.
The new rule which has been added suggests: A player in an offside position shall be penalised if he: ‘Makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball.
It means players who stand in an offside position and move towards a shot or pass and make a move as though they intend to touch the ball will be penalised.
One such incident happened last season. In a high-profile match in February between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford, United midfielder Juan Mata’s free-kick curled straight into goal.
Argentine defender Marcos Rojo was standing in an offside position inside the box. Rojo attempted to head the cross but missed it as Mata’s ball went straight in, the goal standing. Under the new rule change, the goal would not be allowed.
Several officials believe that the new rule will simplify the situation and will not allow players to move around in an offside position knowing they would not be considered to be actively involved in play.
Also many people believe that the newly introduced rule will further slash down on average goals scored in a match.