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Arsenal Wenger against Marco van Basten's plan to scrap offside rule

The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on Marco van Basten's idea to have NASL-style penalties at the World Cup.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned proposed changes to the laws of the game, which include scrapping offside, put forward by FIFA technical director Marco van Basten.

The former AC Milan and Netherlands striker has also suggested replacing penalty shootouts with eight-second run-ups and introducing orange cards to send players to sin-bins for 10 minutes.

He has also proposed that players should be involved in fewer matches each season, that games should go straight to penalties without extra-time,...

FIFA mulls NASL-style shootouts for 2026 World Cup group stage

The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on Marco van Basten's idea to have NASL-style penalties at the World Cup.
Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

Marco van Basten has said FIFA is considering using shootouts in group-stage games at the 2026 World Cup and may revive the old NASL-style penalties for the tournament.

Former Netherlands star Van Basten, who became FIFA's chief officer for technical development in September, is responsible for all technical areas from football technology innovation to refereeing.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has already received the green light for his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, with...

2018 World Cup in Russia will be the best ever - Yura Movsisyan

FIFA president Gianni Infantino expects Russia to stage a successful 2018 World Cup.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Real Salt Lake and Armenia international forward Yura Movsisyan insists that the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be "the best World Cup this world has ever seen," and that fans need not worry about their safety.

With the tournament now less than 18 months away, worries over terrorism, the country's infrastructure, hooliganism, and racism from the host country's fans are significant. The fact that the security effort for the 2014 Winter Olympics proved to be successful hasn't...

Loretta Lynch: U.S. investigators continue to pursue football corruption

Loretta Lynch's time as U.S. attorney general is set to end.

BALTIMORE -- American criminal investigators are continuing to pursue corruption in football, according to outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who initiated the prosecution of fraudulent FIFA executives.

Lynch attracted global attention by jolting the world's most popular sport, launching sprawling criminal cases that burst into view with early morning arrests in May 2015 at a luxury hotel in Zurich ahead of the FIFA presidential election.

The FIFA case, which started when Lynch was a U.S....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

AFC president Sheikh Salman urges England to bid for 2030 World Cup

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

The president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has urged England to bid for the 2030 World Cup.

England lost out in the bidding for the 2006 World Cup to Germany and 2018 World Cup to Russia, and the then FA chairman Greg Dyke said in 2014 that the nation would not seek to host the tournament again while Sepp Blatter remained FIFA president amid corruption allegations over the process.

Dyke, who was replaced as FA chairman by Greg Clarke in August, said after Blatter was banned from football...

Asia 'deserves' more spots in expanded World Cup - AFC president Khalifa

Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.

An expanded World Cup will benefit Asian nations, according to Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the president of the Asian Football Confederation.

The FIFA council meeting decided on Tuesday to increase the number of participating teams from 32 to 48 for the 2026 World Cup onwards.

The 2014 edition in Brazil had only four of the 32 nations from the AFC -- Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia.

"We believe that Asia, as the biggest continent, deserves more slots compared with the current quota,...