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Law 11 - Offside 12/1/2022

RE: Adult

Michalis Manioudis of Bakersfield, CA USA asks...

I have a question about a phase happened in a recent game and I would like to have your explanation. The whole phase has 3 consecutive moments (i separate them for your better understanding). I would like to share with you the video, however the official broadcaster locks the highlights video from playing abroad.

Moment 1: A midfielder from Team A makes a long pass towards the Team B penalty area. At the time of the long pass, the forward player of team A is NOT in offside position.

Moment 2: The defender of Team B tries to save the ball but the ball goes deeper into the penalty area (he wants to make a better save but he does not succeed). At the time when the defender saves the ball, the forward player of Team A is I...

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Law 11 - Offside 11/30/2022

RE: High School High School

Peter of Stockton, CA USA asks...

Could you please explain why Greizmann's goal in the France / Tunisa game was ruled off side? From my perspective:

Greizmann was in an off side position when the ball was initially played in, but he played no part in the play. The ball is then played out by a Tunisian defender, but it goes to Greizmann who is now on side as the latest play resets the off side line.

The only thing I can think of is that the referees decided that Griezmann was involved with play when the ball was played in, but I do not see how they can say that....

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Law 11 - Offside 11/30/2022

RE: Youth to adult, rec and competitive

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

The disallowed tying goal in the France-Tunisia game adds another wrinkle to the offside conversation.

Though VAR isn't concern for most of our reffing, I'd say it got it wrong here. Yes, Griezmann was clearly offside at the time of the kick, but he did not get involved in play until after the defender made a conscious effort to head the ball.

The explanation is that the defender saw Griezmann and this caused him to track back to cover him, even though the French player was clearly offside and would have been caught at it if he got immediately involved in play.

Is it not the case that the defender's header (which was not challenged by a PIOP) moved play into the next phase, removing Griezmann from offside c...

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Law 11 - Offside 11/30/2022

RE: Competitive Adult

Marv of Bowmanville, Ontario Canada asks...

RE: France vs Tunisia World Cup 2022

In the final minute France scored a goal that was ruled offside. IMHO the Tunisian defender played the ball. Does deliberately playing the ball not negate the offside offence? Please give me your thoughts. The current version of the offside law has been baffled. ...

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Law 11 - Offside 11/28/2022

RE: Competitive Adult

Peter Babbage of Hjorring, Denmark asks...

I’m wondering if I got it wrong all along or just not bang up to date.
I had this notion that if a player tries to score from an offside position (eg takes a swing at the ball or attempts to head it in whilst in an offside position that would be deemed an offence . My colleague disagrees saying that he must make contact with the ball or be in the line of sight of the keeper . I’m thinking that by attempting to score he is interfering with play...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/26/2022

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...


one maybe stupid DOGSO question, please.

Situation 1: The player runs towards the goal with the ball at his feet and is fouled from the front by the last defender. (At the moment of the foul, the defender is closer to the goal than the ball.)

Situation 2: The situation is very similar. The difference is that the player moves the ball behind the defender. It is obvious that he will go for the goal alone. (At the moment of the foul, the ball is closer to the goal than the defender.)

Is it possible to whistle the first situation as SPA? Or is it a clear DOGSO just like situation 2? It's not entirely clear to me from the various videos. :-)

Thank you very much!...

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Law 11 - Offside 11/20/2022

RE: Pro Under 19

Abdulazeez of Jacksonville , FL United States asks...

If i was dribbling with the ball and the other team mate trying to take the ball and both team in one side of the field and i took the ball to opposing team by my self and I scored does that count or its a offside....

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Law 11 - Offside 11/20/2022

RE: A league Under 13

Chris of Boston , Lincs Uk asks...

If a striker shoots while a player on his team is off side, the keeper saves but pushes the ball out to the the original off side player who then scores, should the goal stand or is he classed as off side and no goal is allowed?...

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Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 11/19/2022

RE: Other

John J of NY, New York USA asks...

In the recent USA v GER Women's game at the very end, the opposing goal keeper leaves the penalty area to try and block a long ball. The US striker heads the ball, and after heading the ball, the goalkeeper jumps off her feet and crashes into the striker having never played the ball. See:

The referee awarded no foul. Was this the correct decision?

In my opinion it should be at least SPA, if not DOGSO. The only consideration potentially missing was lack of control of the ball, but the striker had space and time to regain possession....

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Law 13 - Free Kicks 11/9/2022

RE: Rec Other

Ron Gibson of Amelia, Ohio USA asks...

Upon taking a indirect free kick the attacking player A intentionally steps on ball as they run over it. Defending players charge towards ball. The Referee did a retake. The coach protested that his defense should be allowed to charge the ball as it is live. The referee said the ball has to be kicked. The rule says kicked, to me a touch is a kick because it is not possible to touch the ball in that manner without it moving. My take is either the ball is live upon the touch or USB for bending the intention of the IFK. Please let me know your thoughts ...

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