The offside

The rule of offside is, among all those that govern football, the most important, which imposes its conditions in a rectangle subject to the inflexibility of the geometr


The rule of offside is, among all those that govern football, the most important, which imposes its conditions in a rectangle subject to the inflexibility of geometry. His successive changes have been modifying the tactics and authorizing or refuting the management of the play. No other, in the errors or successes of those called to judge it, has resulted, in its profusion and scope, so decisive. Its transcendence has led innumerable times to violate a regulation that states that, in case of doubt, the possible "illegal position" is not indicated. However, the attendees, fearful that this doubt contains a mistake that leads to goal instead of emptiness, always do the opposite.

The VAR is one of the greatest revolutions in the annals of football. Its merit lies in establishing cartographically, without margin for interpretation, if the offside exists or not. In no other set of the parties is intervening more assiduously and consequences. In the quarterfinals of the Champions League between City and Tottenham he reached the pinnacle of equanimity by canceling in the 93rd minute a goal by Sterling for offside by Ag├╝ero . The decision altered the tie and the competition, but did not pervert it. The encounter, beyond the emotional component, will be remembered as an example of the impartiality of the system. A technology that, in the case of offside, is preparing to implement perfection and, therefore, justice. Machines lack passions. They are neutral and incorruptible. Sentimental asepsis makes the VAR indisputable.

Just as it is possible to review the History and even to disavow it without correcting it, we could revise the football without achieving to purify it with retroactive effects. It is unsettling to think how many triumphs and titles have been achieved or lost undeservedly because the VAR did not exist. Once the human element reigned, whose mistakes can be understandable and forgivable. But not to the point of wanting to prolong them by arguing that "football is like that" and error is part of its nature.

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