Category: FAQ of Football Rules

Football Offside: When was the offside rule introduced?

Football Offside: The featured image shows the development of the wording of the offside rules from the FA Rules 1863 to the Laws of the Game of 2020.

Football offside – the history started in the public schools of England in the 19th century, when football was a mix of rugby and soccer.

The public schools attended by the sons of the gentlemen took advantage of the football game, among other things, to stay fit in the cooler months. But each of them had its own set of rules. Not everyone mentioned an offside and sometimes the rules were the same.

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Football technology – A brief overview

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Football technology has not been used in the game itself for very long.
Football technology is becoming increasingly important.

Football & technology have been together for 100 years. On the one hand, they have stimulated each other, on the other hand, they have led to discussions. For example, radio and television broadcasts contributed to the popularity of football and the enthusiasm for the sport had a positive effect on the media. On the other hand, discussions about slow motion in television broadcasts or the use of these as video evidence have been going on since the 1960s.

Here is a brief overview:

GLT (Goal line technology)

After two years of intensive testing, The IFAB chose Hawkeye technology at a special meeting following the 2012 European Championship.

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In dubio pro reo principle in football?

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In fact, the in dubio pro reo principle that the attacking player is proved right in case of doubt, i.e. the game is not interrupted, has never existed in football. This is not about the principle of presumption of innocence.

Sometimes this principle is confused with the existing advantage rule. However, this rule is used when a team has a disadvantage (for example a foul play), but remains in possession of the ball.

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Cards in football – when were they introduced?


Cards in football were introduced not until the end of the 1960s. Cautions and dismissals were given orally. This was not always easy in international games due to language barriers.

At the 1966 World Cup, German referee Rudolf Kreitlein tried in vain to send Argentine player Antonio Rattín off the field. But he Rattín did not understand or did not want to understand. He was a whole head taller than referee Kreitlein (who measured only 1.60 m / 5’3”) and finally had to be escorted from the field by the police.

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