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New offside rule for 2015/16 explained after Christian Benteke's controversial goal for Liverpool

Published 18/08/2015

Liverpool's Christian Benteke (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA
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Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (2nd R) challenges Bournemouth's Norwegian striker Joshua King (L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
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Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (Front 2nd L) in action against Bournemouth's Norwegian striker Joshua King during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Adam Smith of Bournemouth and Alberto Moreno of Liverpool chase the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool shakes hands with team mate Emre Can as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool shakes hands with Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Joshua King (R) and Max Gradel of Bournemouth (L) battle with Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool (C) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Joshua King (R) and Max Gradel of Bournemouth (L) battle with Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool (C) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Joshua King and Max Gradel of Bournemouth take on Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville is among those to have criticised the latest offside rule adaptation.

"They c**k about with the offside rule every year and they don't make it any better," Neville said on Sky Sports after Christian Benteke's controversial goal for Liverpool in Monday's 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

What is offside?

The official laws of the game, published by FIFA, state "a player is in an offside position if: he is nearer to his opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent".

How has offside rule evolved down the years?

The offside rule formed part of the original rules in 1863, FIFA says. Then any attacking player ahead of the ball was deemed to be offside. The law has been tinkered with since to its present form.

What's the latest problem?

Benteke's goal, during which Philippe Coutinho played for the ball and missed, despite being in an offside position, would have been permitted last season, but under this term's amended application of the laws it should have been ruled out.

What's changed?

Players have previously been allowed to be in offside positions if they were not an "active" part of play; to be offside a player had to touch the ball. Referees' chief Mike Riley says the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport's law making body, introduced a change meaning anybody in an offside position making a play for the ball, being close to the ball or having an impact on an opponent would be deemed offside - even if they did not make contact.

Will it be fairer?

In theory, yes. It should be clearer when a player is offside or not, even if they do not touch the ball.

How long will it take officials to grasp the amendment?

Well, two rounds of fixtures into the Premier League season and we have had our first major controversy over offside. It may take a little while longer.

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