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Question Number: 16629

Law 11 - Offside 9/10/2007

RE: Rec (USA-AYSO) Under 19

Kris Allshouse of Cypress, California USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 16460

If a defender slightly deflects a throw-in intended for an (otherwise offside) attacker, does it change it from a throw-in (no offside) to causing the attacker to be offside?

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

No. Offside is determined when the ball was last touched by a teammate. That was when the throw-in was taken.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

No. Offside is only judged when the ball is touched or played by a teammate

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Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Offside positions become detriments when a team mate touches the ball. Play restarted on this throw-in when the ball entered the field of play and left the thrower's hands so there has been no touch by a team mate. Therefore, there is no restriction placed of any offside player of the attacking side.


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