ok neil skyped me, and now i understand it.....however i dont see the point in it...poor wayne rooney
The point is that it stops the striker from tittylining. This means hanging around the opposition's goalmouth looking for an easy tap-in. It's generally better for the game, cos it means the players generally follow the ball around the pitch and the game doesn't get stretched. Imagine you had 4 strikers all within six yards of the opposition's goal. The other team would have to deploy 4 defenders to watch them. What an ugly game that would be.
Has nobody explained the new offside rule, BTW, under which it's not necessarily an offence to be offside - and depends on whether players are 'active' or not?