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6 rules that changed over the years in the FIFA World Cup

Snehartho Dey
Modified 29 Mar 2014, 23:34 IST

Since its inception in 1930, FIFA World cup has come a long way into the 21st century. As days go by we are heading into another mesmerising event in Brazil come this summer. But all this while the game has undergone and experienced quite a lot of changes over the years. We take a look at perhaps the 6 major alterations that have shaped up and affected the modern game.

#1 Original Offside rule to attacker

The offside rule always has been a controversial matter in the context of the modern game. Until the 1990's, the rule suggested that the forward had to be behind the line of the opponent's defence which gave the back four the upper hand. The likes of Pele, Gerd Muller, Cryuff and Maradona played their game amongst these standards. Defensive tactics worked out effectively and the general concern among fans stated that the game needed some fine tuning to be more attractive.

The new offside rule was established and came as a breather for the team on the offense. The new law suggested that if the attacker is to be in the same line as the last defender he will be onside. This applies only to the target man to whom the pass has been designated to regardless of his teammates being ahead of the opposition back line or not. So the initiative to transform the game and make it attacking oriented was taken through a set of amendments which were deemed as changes for the good of the game.

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