XIX Century Football Game Analysis

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The rule that changed football

By the second half of the XIX century, there were several dozen of informal teams, except for "Sheffield", "Wanderers" and other official clubs in England. Usually, there were groups representing the two villages or two blocks. They were going near the cricket field (or even a parking lot), agreed on the rules of the upcoming match and played while the spectators were placing bets. This usually happened on weekends. Sometimes they played cricket.

Earlier the teams did not have goalkeepers, as such (the closest football player to the gate became one), and the height of the gate was unlimited. Offside determined simply: the player who found himself in front of the ball automatically considered "out of play" and
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Many probably still remember the match between Belgium and USSR in the 1/8 finals of the World Cup in 1986. The Belgians won in overtime with a score of 4:3, but two goals were scored from an offside position.

The referee's error can ruin the quarter-final of the Champions League 2013-14. Klopp’s "Borussia" snatched the victory in the stoppage time and went into the semi-finals, but on the replay, we can see that 4 Dortmund players were offside.

A year later "Napoli" played with "Dnipro” in the semi-finals of the Europa League. The hosts led 1:0, but in the end, Seleznev came with the equalizer from an offside position. In the second leg of the match, "Dnepr" won and advanced to the final of the Europa League.

Alternative future

More recently, the future of offside was bleak: the ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter was considering the possibility of canceling the offside rule. He held consultations with the officials and even met with the President of the International Hockey Federation, where the reform has been carried out before.

It is unlikely that this led Blatter to the wrath of the football world, but at least, his departure does not threaten anything related to

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