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Offside New adjustment to rule

There has been a new tweak to the football offside ahead of the new season

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  play Juan Mata's goal last season against Stoke City would have been disallowed with the new rule (EPA)

In the new rule, if a player in an offside position makes a play for the ball from a teammate, the goal will be disallowed even if he does not touch the ball.

The new adjustment states that: "A player in an offside position shall be penalised if he: Makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball."

If a player in an offside position make a move for the ball and intend to go for it, they will be penalised for the act.

Before the adjustment, a player in an offside position would have to have touched the ball before he will be panelised offside.

Daily Mail cited a Manchester United goal by Juan Mata against Stoke in a Premier League game.

Mata curled a free-kick in to the net and the goal was allowed despite Marcos Rojo-who was in an offside position- attempting to head the cross in but missed.

According to the new adjustment,  that goal will be called off for an offside.

Officials believe the new rule will simplify the situation and dissuade players from lingering around in an offside position knowing they would not be considered to be actively involved in play.

If the player in an offside position does not intend to make a move for the ball and consciously stepped out of the way leading to a goal, the goal will be allowed.

Watch the Juan Mata's goal below:

Juan Mata's free-kick against Stoke City

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