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Question Number: 34146

Law 11 - Offside 3/6/2021

RE: REC High School


With VAR measuring in mm. Can a player be off-side from a corner when kick is taken wide on the corner quadrant and a player is stood on the goal line

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Bruce
Thanks for the question
Offside does not apply from a corner kick, throw in or goal kick.
So positioning of the ball in the quadrant makes no difference whatsoever nor does the positioning of attackers.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Bruce,
be it millimeters, centimeters to meters the distance in the restart phase is not a concern. Remember there are 3 restarts where any offside position is IGNORED at the restart of play until a 2nd teammate's touch of the ball occurs.

The throw-in, the goal kick, and the corner kick.

Also, keep in mind that after the restart if an opposition player is the next player to make contact with the ball, there is STILL no offside position to worry about by the team who instigated the restart as nothing has changed for their team.

ONLY when a player actually contacts the ball AFTER the restart does it create a need to reevaluate the positional restrictions for the rest of that players' team.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Bruce,
No matter how you measure it, a player cannot be offside from a corner kick.

This has been enshrined in law since 1883 with the current Law 11 stating as follows:

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

a goal kick

a throw-in

a corner kick"

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