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Question Number: 21507


RE: Select Under 13

Jorge of Goleta, California U.S.A asks...

Two players from team B have a breakaway.
Player 1 has the ball and player 2 is in front him. The keeper from team A goes after the player with the ball, player 1 kicks the ball the keeper tries to block but only slows down the ball which is rolling slowly towards the goal player 2 runs after the ball and kicks into the goal.
Referee calls offside on player 2. the coach from team B argues that it should be a legit goal because the ball comes from the keeper the referee explains that the player took advantage of an offside position. Is this the rigth call?

Answer provided by Referee Debbie Hoelscher

Most likely -- Yes. The reason why I cannot emphatically say 'yes' is because in your question, you describe that player #2's position is in front of his teammate with the ball, but don't describe whether or not player 2 is actually in front of the ball. In a break away such as you are describing, I am envisioning two players running as fast as they can go. The one with the ball is probably pushing the ball out in front of him as he sprints along. So, there is a likelihood that his teammate, at some point could be ahead of him, but behind (or not nearer to the goal line than) the ball.

However, the AR must have seen that the teammate was indeed in an offside position at the time his teammate last touched/played the ball. The ball deflected off the opponent (the keeper in this case) and the player in the offside position gained an advantage by being in the offside position. Therefore he must be judged to be offside. The AR is the only one in the position to know exactly who was where, when and what they did with their position.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Yes and no. From what you describe, the keeper did not control the ball so assuming player 2 is in offside position when the ball was played by player 1, player 2 may not play the ball. The goal is called off because player 2 interfered with play not for gaining an advantage by being in an offside position

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