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Offsides

LAW 11 Offside

 

 

Offside Position

 

It is not an offense in itself to be in an offside position

 

 

A player is in an offside position if:

 

 

·       He/she is nearer to his/her opponent's goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent.

 

 

A player is not in an offside position if:

 

 

·       He/she is in his/her own half of the field of play

 

Or

 

·       He/she is level with the second last opponent

 

Or

 

·       He/she is level with the last two opponents

 

 

Offense

 

A player in an offside position is only penalized if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his/her team, he/she is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:

 

·       Interfering with active play

 

Or

 

·       Interfering with an opponent

 

Or

 

·       Gaining an advantage by being in that position

 

 

No Offense

 

There is no offside offense if a player receives the ball directly from:

 

·       A goal kick

 

Or

 

·       A throw-in

 

Or

 

·       A corner kick