The rule states that an attacking player is in an offside position if any part of their body, with the exception of their hands and arms, is in the half of the opposing team and there isn’t another player from the opposing team between them and the goalkeeper before the ball is played forward. This rule does not apply if the hands and arms of the attacking player are in the half of the opposing team.
For many decades, the offside rule’s interpretation has shifted to benefit the offensive team, yet, the core of the offside rule’s application has remained the same.
So what is it to be on an offside?
Being in an offside position is not in and of itself a violation of the rules; nevertheless, the instant a player in an offside position plays the ball or tries to play the ball, they are considered to be “actively participating in play,” and this is when the violation of the rules takes place.
When the ball was kicked forward, the former regulation specified that attacking players were not allowed to stand in front of the ball.
However, throughout its history, the law has undergone several modifications and adjustments that have made the game more enjoyable and accessible to spectators while also expanding the number of scoring possibilities available to offensive players.
The rule that states a player is considered to be offside when they make a clear attempt to play the ball, be close to the ball and have an impact on the opponent, or create an obvious action to have an impact on the opponent, according to the last change by IFAB (International Football Association Board), which is the body that is responsible for making the rules of the game.
To put it another way, if you are offside, you must remain still and let the game continue while you move into a position where you are onside.
What exactly is the new semi-automatic offsides technology?
On Tuesday, November 16, 2022, the first demonstration of a novel technology known as Semi-Automatic Offside Technology (SOAT) took place in the Champions League for the first time.
Roberto Rosetti, the chief officiating officer for UEFA, said that it would “improve the flow of the game and the consistency of the decisions,” and that it will continue as you go back into an onside position.
Offside calls may now be made in a more timely and precise manner thanks to the use of this new technology.
Multiple cameras are used to monitor not just the movement of the ball but also that of the players. The offside technology will be used at the next World Cup in Qatar.