The offside rule is one of the cornerstones of the modern game. Yet, most often, it seems merely an intrusion of an assistant referee’s judgment into the run of play. The offside rule has a purpose, but is it fulfilling that any longer?
This week, the footballing world’s collective eyebrows stood firmly raised as Liverpool announced their capture of Southampton’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk for a world record-breaking £75million.
In a sport headed by a self-evidently, almost comically corrupt officiating body, it is surprisingly the referees who encounter the most blame.
Nowadays, it would seem that no record is safe. You’re only as good as your last job. Football has begun to suffer from a chronic lack of patience.
The Bundesliga breaks new ground this Friday as the first woman referee will take the field during Match Day 1. But has Bibiana Steinhaus arrived too late?