I have to admit that Iím very much a traditionalist when it comes to the offside rule. It used to be oh so simple. Well, as simple as the offside law could ever be; you were either offside or you werenít.
Notwithstanding that, in this article I will look at the new clarifications of the offside rule introduced by the International FA Board (IFAB).
The off-side rule has become over-complicated by the question as to whether a player was "interfering with playí and by the even more complex question of what phase of play was the incident in or was a player active or not?
To my mind if a professional footballer isnít active, they shouldnít be on the field of play in the first place. Over the years, Iíve seen one or two players who it was sometimes
Updated 4th August 2015 at 03:48 PM by Veritas
As the FA Cup final draws near, Arsenal look to defend their title against an Aston Villa side who are much improved under Tim Sherwood. For all that has been said about the FA Cup losing its magic and interest, when your side is in the final itís still considered a big occasion. Regardless of top quality Champions League nights, a FA Cup final at Wembley is still a reason to get excited. Wenger and his Arsenal side are the overwhelming favourites for the second year running, but the statistics below may not paint quite the same picture.
Arsenalís appearance in this yearís final will break the record for the most number of appearances, 19, surpassing Man Utd. If Arsenal manage to make it consecutive FA Cup wins they will hold the record for the most wins, a total of 12 titles,
Updated 27th May 2015 at 07:08 AM by Statisticallyarsenal
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
I was reading about an electrician in his 30s who won £74,844 last Saturday which has inspired me to pick four matches for this weekend in which an away win looks likely.
The Scarborough-based punter (who wishes to remain anonymous) placed a £5 bet on six matches on Coralís Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.
Well, Iím not ambitious enough to predict six games, so wonít be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain Ė but maybe a set of new pans for the kitchen or an interesting water feature for the garden isn't out of the question!
Brentford v AFC Bournemouth
The Bees seem to have been destabilised in recent matches by speculation over the future of
Updated 19th February 2015 at 07:49 PM by Veritas
By Keith Hedden (11v11 guest contributor)
With 13 match weeks now behind us, we're roughly one third of the way through the English Premier League season, and the league has begun to take shape. A lot can happen between now and spring 2015, but we still have some strong indications as to which players and which clubs are performing at a top-caliber level along with those who are in for disappointing campaigns. With that said, here are five of the most interesting and revealing statistics from the first 13 games of Premier League action.
Sergio Aguero Leads Scoring
Diego Costa owns most of the scoring-related headlines this season due to his red hot start (more on that later), but Sergio Aguero currently
Updated 1st December 2014 at 07:36 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
This weekís plan of attack is to try and identify three potential away wins from the weekendís fixture list Ė three games that could make an interesting treble.
As a caveat, itís important you know that Iím not writing from a luxury hotel in the Caribbean! Just before you get too carried away with any investments.
From the Premier League Ė Sunderland v Chelsea
Alright I admit it, my first choice isnít the most ambitious of selections, as the table topping Blues travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland side who seem to be heading for another battle against the drop.
However, Saturdayís late game (5.30 pm kick-off) isnít necessarily a forgone conclusion. You only have to think back
Updated 27th November 2014 at 09:57 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)
Since Russ Wilcox's dismissal at Scunthorpe United on 8th October, somebody has cranked up the speed of the managerial merry-go-round and itís gone into overdrive.
Itís less than twenty days since I wrote about the impatience that is rife within football resulting in the premature sacking of managers. It was written on the back of the axing of Wilcox, only months after he had set a world record for the longest unbeaten run at the beginning of a managerial reign.
The Iron went 24 matches without defeat to best a longstanding record set by William Sudell at Preston North End way back as 1888-89.
Next, Nigel Worthington parted company with York City, leaving a vacancy that Russ Wilcox quickly filled when
Updated 31st October 2014 at 08:25 PM by Veritas
The Euro 2012 squads have all now been announced and we are in a position to calculate some of the stats.
The youngest player at Euro 2012 will be Jetro Willems, currently of PSV, who is still 18. He is followed by two England players: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and young keeper Jack Butland.
However, the Germany squad is youngest on average with the oldest squad being the Russians followed by the Irish.
The oldest player will be Kostas Chalkias who was a member of the famous winning squad of 2004. Amongst the OAPs are also Nikos Liberopoulos and Andriy Shevchenko.
The oldest German is Polish-born Miroslav Klose who will be looking to add to his amazing tally of 63 goals in 115 games for Germany.
Update: In the Netherlands
Updated 11th June 2012 at 05:31 AM by Statisticus
Barclays Premier League
21 -22 January 2012
Saturday 21 January
Bolton Wanderers Liverpool
Liverpool have won all of their last ten meetings with Bolton Wanderers (all Premier League).Bolton Wanderers have lost 15 games in the Premier League this season, one less than the whole of last season.Liverpool have lost only two of their last 21 games in all competitions.
Everton Blackburn Rovers
Everton have won four of the last six Premier League encounters with Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park.Everton have not scored in the first-half of their last ten Premier League games.Blackburn Rovers have failed to go on to win any of the last 17 Premier League games when they have been level at half-time.
Barclays Premier League
30 December 2011 Ė 1 January 2012
Friday 30 December
Liverpool Newcastle United
Newcastle United have lost all of their last three Premier League visits to Anfield by a 3-0 margin.Liverpool have scored more than one goal in only one of their last five Premier League games.In their last six Premier League games, Hatem Ben Arfaís opener at Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day is the only goal scored for Newcastle United other than by Demba Ba.
Saturday 31 December
Arsenal Queens Park Rangers
Arsenal have won only two of their last 11 league and cup meetings against Queens Park Rangers.Arsenal have failed to score
A major Premier League milestone is coming up with the 20,000th goal to be scored in the next two days. Thanks to AFS master statistician John Russell for the below list of previous goal milestones in the Premier league.
It would be fitting for Robin Van Persie to score the 20,000th but whoever scores will be able to donate 20,000 pounds to the charity of their choice, courtesy of Barclays.
Sheffield Utd v Man Utd
Leeds Utd v Tottenham Hotspur