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Question Number: 30667

Law 11 - Offside 8/13/2016

RE: Under 19

Thomas Schaller of Chicago, IL USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 30636

With the new offside rule though, does that change when to call it as well?
It seems to me (maybe I'm wrong) that previously offside was called ONLY when the player touched the ball (like on a ball that was played behind the defense and the attacker had to run before touching the ball - linesmen seemed to wait until he actually touched the ball before flagging).
Then later on we flagged AS SOON AS the attacker moved towards the ball (which I like because we avoid injuries/collisions).
So are we going back now to only raise the flag once the attacker touches the ball?
What does the phrase: '...from the point of the infraction' mean exactly? Where the touch is made or where the player became active in play (by running towards the ball).

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Thomas
The only change to Law 11 is that the IDFK is now raking from where the player interfered with play or interfered with an opponent which us a challenge or interfering with line of sight. The change you mention has been with us since 2014.
Previously the IDFK was taken from where the PIOP was located when the ball was played by a team mate not where he interfered . The extreme of this is that the IDFK can now be taken in the players own half where he touched the ball not the offside position.

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Answer provided by Referee James Sowa


At higher levels, AR's have been instructed to wait until their is no question about the involvement of the offside player. This typically results in the offside player touching the ball or interfering with play in some way that prevents the defender from getting to the ball. This instruction filtered down as 'wait for a touch'. That has not changed with the new offside revision.

As to the location, the restart used to be at the spot the offside player was in when the initial pass was made. Under the new LOTG, the restart is at the spot where the offside player is when the offside infraction is whistled. This may be on that players defensive half of the field.

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