The FA and FIFA have moved to ensure Arsene Wenger’s proposed changes to the offside law do not come into force until 2021 at the earliest.
Wenger, former Arsenal boss and global football development chief at FIFA, recently came up with a plan to remove some of the farce surrounding VAR and offside in the game.
He wants players to be ruled onside if any part of their body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts are in front.
The proposal would rebalance the game in favour of the attacker and has so far received widespread support from those within the game.
With the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Belfast next week, Wenger had hoped to push his plans through in time for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.
However, according to The Sun, the FA will not commit to a law change until full discussions and tests have taken place.
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Wenger has also reportedly been met with opposition from his new colleagues at FIFA, despite having the backing of president Gianni Infantino and referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina.
Under the current rule, players are deemed offside if any part of their body they can score with is beyond the line of the last defender when the ball is played.
The change proposes to flip that rule on its head, with FIFA keen to get rid of the farce surrounding offside under its current description.
Wenger recently said: “That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.”
The Premier League has seen various goals ruled out for the most marginal offsides this season.
Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Monday night was overshadowed by several contentious VAR decisions, one of which saw an Olivier Giroud goal disallowed because his toe was offside.
However, there are fears that the new law could result in the same lengthy checks, just for the opposite reasons, for example – checking to see if a player’s toe or armpit is onside.