All defenders take advantage of the offside rule. They intentionally go forward just to get a striker offside. And it works most of the time. Instead of playing defense, they focus on offside position. I think that this really hurts the game. Does this seem like elegant play to all of you? A game where defenders play in a way that appears completely unnatural... it just seems so lame. Watching a line of 5+ players far more upfield than where you think they should be. It almost makes me want to watch hockey or something like that instead. I love this sport... I'm just going over something that consistantly bothers me. For those that will flame me - please at least explain WHY play is better this way with the current offside rule. Does anyone else have a similar problem with this?