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Question Number: 22445

Law 11 - Offside 11/5/2009

RE: Rec Under 13

Sherri Muck of Luther, OK USA asks...

An offensive player is in the offside postion. The ball hits a defender's body and deflects to the offensive player who plays the ball. The defender did not have control. Is the offensive player offsides? Does it make a difference if the defender attempted to play the ball?

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Offside. A defender must possess and control the ball to make the attacker onside. Deflections and 'attempts' to play the ball are insufficent.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

If the ball was touched/played by a teammate, the player in an offside position cannot become involved in play. That restriction does not go away if the ball is merely deflected off an opponent.

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Answer provided by Referee Nathan Lacy

The ball must be clearly 'played' by the defensive team otherwise the player in the offside position should be penalized. Deflections don't count. All the best,

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Sherri
The best way to explain this is the 'control' of the ball. Offside can only be reset by the opponents gaining control of the ball and then that team is subject to offside consideration.
Deflections and attempts to play the ball are not control of the ball and therfore do not reset offside. The referee is sole judge of what constitutes control.
In the scenario you describe the offensive player is offside.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

The interesting aspect of a DEFLECTION of the ball off a player is it will NOT CHANGE the opposition's offside criteria already in place.

Those opposition players who were restricted as OSP remain restricted and those opposition players who were unrestricted (onside) they remain unrestricted.

The player who deflects the ball though, his team is judged for THEIR new offside criteria.

If you can grasp that both teams COULD have restricted OSP at the same time you understand the concept!


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