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Bundesliga, offside: rule changes for the 2022/23 season



There will be a change to the offside rule in the Bundesliga for the 2022/23 season.

In the Bundesliga, the ball is rolling for the 2022/23 season. A rule change regarding offside will also come into effect. SPOX explains what it’s all about.

Two and a half months after the end of the 2021/22 season, the Bundesliga continues with the 2022/23 season. This time it starts on August 5th, when Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Bayern Munich face off in Deutsche Bank Park.

The reason for the comparatively early date is the hosting of the World Cup in Qatar, which will take place from November 21st and December 18th and will therefore interrupt club football.

There will certainly be one or the other wrong decision on the part of the referees in the new season, the bottom line is that it can hardly be avoided. With the introduction of the video assistant, attempts have been made for a few years to make the game much fairer.

Bundesliga, offside: rule changes for the 2022/23 season

For the restart after the summer break, the DFB (German Football Association) made another change – to the rules. This affects the determination of what is considered offside and what is not.

To be more precise: it is about when an attacker is in the forbidden zone if the ball bounces to him from an opposing actor. If a player of the opponent has deliberately and deliberately played the round leather to an opponent, then there was an offside position. The regulation was adjusted by adding: “In a controlled manner”. The DFB has decided that the play equipment must change direction due to a clear influence from the defender.

There was a prime example of this in the 2020/21 season in the DFB Cup between Borussia Dortmund and SC Paderborn. Erling Haaland scored in extra time to make it 3-2, but was offside when Thomas Delaney passed from within his own half. The goal still counted, as a Paderborn player in midfield tried to intercept the ball and thus clear it. He didn’t succeed, but in the opinion of the referee he grazed the round leather minimally with his foot.

In such situations, offside will only exist in the future if a player is not involved in a duel and is therefore not under pressure, and no action is taken in dire need. Blocked passes or shots fall out, as does poking at a crowd of players.

Apart from that, there is another rule change, by the way: If a player is fouled, but the advantage can be exploited and a goal is scored, the person who initially fouled will no longer receive a yellow card.

Bundesliga 2022/23: duels at the start of the 1st matchday

meeting home team away team
05.08., 20:30 Eintracht Frankfurt Bayern Munich
06.08., 3:30 p.m Union Berlin Hertha BSC
06.08., 3:30 p.m M’gladbach TSG Hoffenheim
06.08., 3:30 p.m VfL Wolfsburg Werder Bremen
06.08., 3:30 p.m VfL Bochum Mainz 05
06.08., 3:30 p.m FC Augsburg Sc freiburg
06.08., 18:30 Borussia Dortmund Bayer Leverkusen
07.08., 3:30 p.m VfB Stuttgart RB Leipzig
07.08., 17:30 1. FC Cologne Schalke 04