FIFA’s Van Basten proposes end to offside rule

FIFA technical director Marco van Basten has proposed a series of radical proposals to overhaul football, including abolishing the offside rule.

Former Dutch international van Basten was appointed by FIFA last September to oversee potential improvements to the game, including the use of technology.

The ex-World Player of the Year is considering a host of options, such as abolishing the offside rule and introducing a sin-bin system, which he believes would improve football as a spectacle.

"We must keep looking for ways to improve the game," Van Basten told Bild.

"To make it more honest, more dynamic, more interesting, so that what we offer is attractive enough.

"There are lots of variations which need to be tested in the coming years.

“[Abolishing the offside rule would stop games which] resemble handball where nine players, plus the goalkeeper, pack the penalty area and [the defence] is like a wall.

“[A sin bin system] would frighten teams. It is hard to play 10 against 11, let alone with eight or nine."