Advantage played on offside


Published: 11:21 GMT, 1 July 2013 | Updated: 17:55 GMT, 1 July 2013

Premier League football next season could be thrown into chaos as a FIFA amendment to the offside rule has caused concerns among leading officials and could add to further confusion for fans.

The amendment, which has been brought in by the governing body and comes into effect from today sees a considerable change to the wording of Law 11 and alters what assistant referees must take into consideration when deciding whether a forward is ‘interfering with an opponent’ or ‘gaining an advantage’.

On the surface, the alteration to one of football’s most-talked about and controversial laws appears to reduce the uncertainty – but Sportsmail can reveal that English officials, who met for their annual summer conference this weekend, are privately worried the change will only breed further confusion among players and supporters, placing the spotlight once again on to the officials.

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The following video clips provide emphasis to points that can be considered in aiding ARs in making the correct decision on difficult calls during games:

Video Clip: DC United vs Kansas City. One of the most difficult decisions for ARs is the situation in which a defender moves forward, and an attacker simultaneously moves towards goal. Making this decision even more difficult is that the ball is generally played from a distance away from the receiving attacker. Video Clip: Columbus vs. NY (31:12) a close decision is made even more difficult since the movement is directly in front of the AR. AR makes right decision to keep flag down. Note the AR position with body square to the field as the ball is played ensuring a view of the full field of play.

Several factors can contribute to an ARs ability to make a correct, split-second decision under difficult circumstances:

Incorrect Timing – Judgment by the AR was made a split second late likely...
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Strategically and tactically, it’s super important. With offsides in place, a determined striker or two can be a real thorn in the side of a defense. They can hold the ball up comfortably for a while against more than one defender, can receive the ball from deep, and create a nightmare for the defense. Without the offsides rule, you basically change the entire face of the game because the same is true, but now those strikers can hang out behind the defense and still receive the ball without having to do any of the hard work needed to get there.

The wingback concept would disappear instantly because they would be needed 100% of the time in the back. The entire defensive line would have to stay extremely deep creating a massive hole in the middle third of the field. Further, the attacking team would have a completely unfair advantage because of the existence of the corner kick. Long ball would become “the way” that football would be played. Essentially the corner kick rule and...

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It's been the rule for the past years : a free-kick is given to the other team if the player is further than the second last defender (goalkeeper included) when the ball is played by a teammate AND if he TOUCHES the ball or plays the ball/interferes with the ball.

In any other cases, he can stay there in "offside position" but it's allowed as long as he doesn't touch the ball. It's a basic football rule, and it is totally wrong in Fifa.

If you can't fix that, please at least give advantage to the defense when they intercept a pass to an offside attacker. The ref always waits 5 seconds then goes back to the offside (which again is NOT an offside in the official rules), even when you're about to score.

You can do it since you have scripted the advantage rule for all other "fouls", it's exactly the same, give advantage to an "offside...

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Nothing in football is so traduced as the offside law. Most seem to regard it as a piece of killjoy legislation, designed almost to prevent football producing too many goals and being too much fun, while for the punditocracy it has become the universal scapegoat, the thing that "nobody understands". Just because Garth Crooks doesn't get something, though, doesn't make it a bad thing. The modern offside law may be the best thing that's ever happened to football, and it is almost certainly the reason Barcelona have been so successful with a fleet of players whose obvious asset is their technique rather than their physique.

A brief history of offside

The first laws of the game drawn up by the Football Association in 1863 stipulated that a player was offside if he was in front of the ball: "When a player has kicked the ball, anyone of the same side who is nearer to the opponent's goal-line is out of play, and may not touch the ball himself, nor in any way whatever...

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Worst rule in sports. No wonder soccer is so flipping boring. The defender gets beat by the offense so it's a penalty on the offense?

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If a player on the opposite team touches the ball with their hands in effort to block a goal and is not the goalie, then the ball rolls into the goal, is it a goal or not?

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Post 36 hit the nail on the head. If a defender is ruled to have stepped up, the play should be allowed to go through. Also put in lines as in hockey blue lines so there is no offsides unless player is past it.

One more item: there should be penalties for diving and fake injuries, which is an abomination for soccer. Make the offending player sit out for at least 10...

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Only check for offside at the instant a teammate touches the ball.

There is no penalty just for being in an offside position. The referee checks an attacker's position


when one of their teammates touches the ball. As soon as an attacker releases a pass, the offside and onside status of each teammate "freezes." Each player will remain officially offside or onside no matter where they move. This only changes when the ball touches another teammate (causing offside to be "calculated" again), or when an opponent makes a deliberate play with the ball (removing all offside statuses).

This is why you often see attackers sprint past defenders as soon as the ball is played. Even if someone is past the defender when she receives the ball, she is still considered onside if she was behind the defenders when the ball was...
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Law 11 FAQ
© 1998 jointly in the following individuals: Jim Geissman, David Graham, Jim MacQueen, Connie Matthies, Jim Meinhold, Chris Mohr, Gary Rue, Ken Smith, Dave Teetz, Ron Tremper, who are together known pseudonymously as the SOCCER-COACH-L LOTG COLLECTIVE Text | Thumbnail | Commentary | FAQ

The offside rule generally provides that a pass cannot legally be made to an off-ball attacker who is ahead of the ball and in the attacking half unless there are at least two defenders (one of whom may be the goalkeeper) between him and the goal when the ball is passed to him by a teammate.

Specifically, under the offside rule, an off-ball attacker who is in his opponent's half of the field must stay even with or behind the ball or, if he goes ahead of the ball, he must stay even with or behind the second-to-last-defender (2LD) until the ball is played or touched by one of his teammates. Normally, the 2LD is the last field player. However, the 2LD term is used...

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UEFA's summer gathering for Europe's top male and female referees has primed match officials for their assignments in the coming season. This year special attention was also given at the course to the leading assistant referees as they will be ruling on new stipulations on offside which have been introduced to the Laws of the Game.

In the spring football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), approved a clarification of the wording of Law 11 (Offside, Interpretation of the Laws of the Game). The IFAB agreed that the wording in force was not precise enough, regarding "interfering with an opponent/gaining an advantage". Consequently, European assistant referees received intensive training at the UEFA summer course in Nyon to familiarise themselves with the new provisions.

In the 2013/14 Laws of the Game, Law 11 stipulates that, "A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his...

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By the referee team

SWANSEA CITY vs. ARSENAL COMPETITION: English Premier League MATCH NO. 21 DATE: 14th January 2017 VENUE: Liberty Stadium (Swansea, England)


First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties



Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins


First Half Referee Report

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties



Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins


Second Half Referee Report

Full Time (1st Half + 2nd Half) Referee Report





NOTE: The word ‘FOR’ is used to show IN FAVOR OF.

NOTE: All...

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A player is “gaining an advantage by being in that position" means playing a ball
i) that rebounds or is deflected to him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent having been in an offside position
ii) that rebounds, is deflected or is played to him from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside position

A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage.

Reading this wording carefully, some things have to be clarified and will be in the centre of this post:

1. What is a deliberate save in the sense of Law 11?
2. What is a deflection in the sense of Law 11?
3. When is an opposite player deliberately playing the ball in the sense of Law 11?

But before coming to these special cases, the following clip shows a relatively easy cases of a ball rebounding to a player in an offside position off the...

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An assistant referee signals for offside by raising his flag

Offside is one of the laws of association football, codified in Law 11 of the Laws of the Game. The law states that players in an offside position, when the ball is touched or played by a teammate, may not become actively involved in the play. A player is in an offside position if any of their body parts with which they can touch the ball during any other part of the play is in the opponents' half of the pitch and closer to the opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-to-last opponent (usually, but not necessarily always, the last defensive player in front of the goalkeeper).[1] Being in an offside position is not an offence in itself; at the moment the ball touches, or is played by, the player's team, the player must also be "actively involved in the play" in the opinion of the referee, in order for an offence to occur.[1] When the offside offence occurs, the referee stops play and awards a indirect...

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Wax Eagle's answer is correct in the first instance.

In the second instance, "gaining an advantage" isn't really subjective at all. What it means is the following on page 108 of the 2014/15 FIFA Laws of The Game:

“gaining an advantage by being in that position” means playing a ball

i. that rebounds or is deflected to him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent having been in an offside position

ii. that rebounds, is deflected or is played to him from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside position

A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage.

If the defender played the ball deliberately, and it wasn't a save - there is no offence here. If the ball deflected off the defender or the defender was making a save, the offside offence should be called.

In summary (and applicable...

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