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Question Number: 1555

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Jason of Edmond, OK United States asks...

An offside offense is only called when the three conditions are met: At the TIME (1) a teamate plays the ball, the player is in an offside POSITION (2) and PARTICIPATES (3) in the play by playing the ball, interfering with play, or gaining an advantage from his position...Only when all three are true can the player be penalized. My question regards the correct ball placement for the restart after the offside call has been made. ..Is it at the players location when the ball was last touched by a teamate?..Is it at the players location when he has satisfied all conditions? ..I understand that TLOTG state the restart is at the position of the player penalized, but his position when? I have had situations where an offside call has been delayed due to the participation clause and the restart position is significantly different depending on which placement is correct...I look forward to your answer.

Answer provided by Referee miller

The legally correct position for the restart is the position of the offside atacker at the moment the ball was last touched by their teammate; usually, but not always, level with where the AR with the raised flag is standing. For rapidity of restart, the ball is often positioned near where it was when the whistle was blown.

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Answer provided by Referee stewart

As Mr Miller stated, it is taken at the point the player WAS when the team-mate played the ball. If there is a delay in the call and the player has moved from A to B in that time, then the restart should be at point A. Whether the exact position is stringently applied by the referee is at his discretion, depending on any unfair advantage or penalty.

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