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Question Number: 10588

Law 11 - Offside 12/13/2005

Justin Halkett of Newborough, Victoria Australian asks...

Very basic question. if a player off the pitch, ie. outside its boundries can he be given for offside. An example, Player 1 takes a corner and it is cleared, he then jogs outside the line so that he isnt called offside but is behind the 2nd last defender. Player 2 spots him and thinks he is on the pitch and passes the ball to him. what is the ruling if Player 1 comes back inside the boundaries and takes the ball considering he was in an offside position when the ball was played IF he were on the pitch.

Answer provided by Referee Krijvenaar 12/14/2005

Hi, First of all you can never be in an off-side position on a corner kick...If a player goes of the pitch without telling it to the Referee , it is possible that he will get a yellow card for that, if again he comes on to the pitch not telling the referee he again can get a yellow card (2nd so red = sent off)..In this case he will take advantage of being outside the boundries, so the referee should have called a indirect free kick...kind regards

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 12/14/2005

Justin as you can see by the previous answers the question is not all that basic. The question has come up at the highest levels of The Game and because of that FIFA has addressed something near your question in its Questions & Answers 2005, Law 11 - Offside, number 2: ..Does a referee penalise a player who is in an offside position and moves off the field of play to show the referee that he is not involved in active play ..No. It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position and there is no need for the player to leave the field of play. However, if the referee considers that he has left the field for tactical reasons and has gained an unfair advantage by re-entering the field of play, the player should be cautioned for unsporting behaviour. ..The restart of play is indirect to his opponents at the point the player was when play stopped. The last of the indirect free kick offences of Law 12 demands this. ..Regards,

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