Virgil van Dijk offside by the new point of handball on the arm, rather than the armpit.

Last season, this would have been onside.

Note the red line doesn't go to the elbow. It carries through and that's the calculation point.
Clarification on Pickford/Van Dijk.... we all get one wrong now and then.

Pickford could have been sent off (probably should have been).

Had it confirmed that the VAR, David Coote, did NOT check for a red card. Appears he was too concerned with the offside. #EVELIV
The VAR, David Coote, should have checked there was a genuine attempt to play the ball by Jordan Pickford.

But after the offside was cleared, the check was complete and play restarted. There was no review for a possible red card against the keeper for the challenge. 🙄 #EVELIV
The Sadio Mane offside is the same as Virgil van Dijk. It would not have been offside last season.

As the upper arm is now legal to play the ball, an attacker is calculated slightly further forward (arm not armpit).

Don't shoot the messenger... #EVELIV

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19 Oct
Here it is. The Monday VAR thread, offside special.

- What you're looking at / how it's done
- The true flaws in the system
- Why Mane offside correct (in process)
- Why law change made Van Dijk and Mane offside
- Upcoming automated offside
- PLUS: Pickford

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Many scream about the frame rate without understanding the actual issue.

Frame rate doesn't mean it is not possible to make an accurate decision. However, it is inconsistent.
The correct frame for the first point of contact on the pass will almost always be clear to the VAR.

So when people say "that's not the correct frame, the ball has left the foot" it's not actually a problem of frame choice.

The problem is that the correct frame does not exist.
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Six months ago I started cycling to football grounds close by me.

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Ok, for the VAR thread this week I am going to fully explain the interpretation of defensive handball, as imposed this season.

DISCLAIMER: It doesn't mean I don't think some of these decisions are crackers, but this IS how referees AT ALL LEVELS have been told to apply the law.
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