50p Coin designed to help explain Offside Rule

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Post by Guest Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:03 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/8992032/London-2012-Olympics-50p-coin-helps-explain-footballs-offside-rule.html

The coin, designed by London journalist Neil Wolfson, clearly explains via the use of a helpful diagram when a player is offside and when they are not.

This may go some way to providing football fans with a succinct way of explaining a rule that often baffles newcomers to the sport.

"I'm a sports journalist by trade and I saw this opportunity as a natural extension of what I do," said Wolfson. "This design itself is just a case of lateral thinking.

"I'm a football fan, I followed the Premier League since its inception and if I had 50p for every time someone had asked me to explain the offside rule I'd be a very rich man.

"When the coin is in circulation I hope people like it and I hope people are able to use it to explain the offside rule."

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Nearly 30,000 designs were submitted to the Royal Mint following the launch of a public competition in January 2009 and the final 29 were selected following months of debate among the chosen panel of experts and officials.

The winning designs include images of all the official Olympic sports such as athletics, gymnastics and swimming as well as Paralympic sports like boccia and goalball.

Designers of the winning coins include a policeman from Manchester, a part-time chef from Cornwall and a radiologist from Stoke, while the collection also makes history for featuring the first designs from a child and a teenager.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "Coins are a part of the fabric of our daily life, so to have a range of coins designed specifically to celebrate London 2012 is a huge honour, made all the more special by the fact that members of the public have designed them.

"The 50ps will be part of a long-lasting, wide-reaching cultural legacy that will benefit the entire nation and I’m looking forward to finding the first one in my change and collecting the entire range.”

The design is great, IMO. But there has to be someone who won't know what's going on...

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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:10 pm

Win, that can be the 50 p for my locker at the gym eco smile
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Post by Guest Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:17 pm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jan/05/50p-coin-offside-law-wrong

LOL. Apparently it gives the idea that simply standing in an offside position is automatically an offence. Perhaps they should place the word "Pass" beside the arrows.

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Post by BarrileteCosmico Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:03 pm

A new football-themed 50p coin designed to ease confusion around the offside law has been written off as "totally out of date" and "confusing" by refereeing experts.

The design, unveiled on Wednesday, is one of 29 coins produced to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, each featuring a different sport.

The football coin – half a million of which are now in circulation – shows a midfielder about to pass to one of two team-mates, with the first player, on the left, marked as offside, and the second, level with the defender, not offside. But the diagram appears to illustrate the offside law as it was until 1995, when it was overhauled by the International FA Board to reduce the number of stoppages in matches.

The revision to the law meant that any player in an offside position when the ball is played is no longer automatically penalised. It states: "It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position."

Instead, for the past 17 years assistant referees have been told to wait and see whether a player in an offside position becomes involved in active play, either by "interfering with play, or interfering with an opponent, or by gaining an advantage by being in that position". That means that if the midfielder on the coin passes to the striker on his left, but the striker chooses not to play the ball or interfere with an opponent, he is not offside and play continues.

The Royal Mint says the coin was designed "to provoke discussion", but the Referees' Association member Mal Davies, who works with the former head of Premier League referees Keith Hackett on the Observer's long-running You are the Ref feature, said using such old information was "embarrassing".

"The public will assume this has been thoroughly checked, but sadly it's totally out of date," Davies said. "And on parks pitches it will just encourage players to keep pressurising officials to blow the whistle immediately any time a player is in an offside position – and to abuse them when they don't. It's always good to see attempts to explain the Law to a wider audience, and the coin looks good – but unfortunately it takes us back to the last century and just confuses the issue even more."

Launching the football 50p, Susannah Lee, a spokeswoman for the Royal Mint, said the reaction to them had been "phenomenal". "It's an unusual and eye-catching design and has generated significant interest from collectors and sports fans as a result," she said. "The coin depicts a clear representation of the offside rule which I think is useful and easily understood for anyone who happens to find it in their purse or pockets. There are currently half a million of the offside rule 50ps in circulation."

The coins are also being sold by the Royal Mint in presentation packs

The designer of the coin, however, disagrees with Davies. "With all due respect, I reject Mal Davies's interpretation of the coin (rather than his interpretation of the offside law)," said Neil Wolfson. "Nowhere on the coin does it say that the 'offside' player is committing an offence – that is a supposition entirely of Mal's creation.

"The coin simply states that the player is 'offside' – which is true, irrespective of whether or not an 'offside offence' results from this scenario. Furthermore, there are clearly space limitations on the coinface so it was obviously impossible to go into the finer details of the offside rule.

"But for those who don't understand offside, it's not a bad starting point (with further explanation) – and the coin seems to amuse those who do appreciate the offside rule.

"So I simply don't agree with Mal's objection – on the basis that he refers to the 'offside offence', despite the coin having no such reference. I just hope Mal doesn't book me for showing dissent."

Edit: damn, maje posted the same thing a day earlier :facepalm:
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