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Question Number: 30590

Law 11 - Offside 7/11/2016

RE: Any Other

former youth ref of Hordaland, Norway asks...

This question is a follow up to question 30560

Thanks for answering my law 12 questions, as well as all the other questions on this site.
I enjoy reading your take on uncommon situations.
Following up on the question regarding the new details in law 11:
I see an issue in the case of the attacking team retaining possession (after e.g. hitting the post), but having to restart the attack as the defenders are well organised. As the defending team has not cleared the ball an attacking player who re-entered from the goal line cannot play the ball (unless at least two defenders are on the goal line) no matter what she does. This is true even in her own half (or penalty area) as she remains on the goal line for purposes of offside.
Would you call the offside the next time she becomes involved in play anywhere on the field, or would this go against the spirit of the game? If not called, at what point does this change? What are the implications for the case of defenders off the field covered by the same wording?

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

Offside position is considered at each and every touch of the ball by a teammate. So if the player comes back onto the field, she can get into an onside position and would be able to become involved in play once a teammate touches/plays the ball again.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

When an onside player plays the ball another phase of begins so offside is reevaluated at that time. The PIOP has the opportunity to get back into an onside position and get involved in active play on that subsequent play. It is only on the original play that the PIOP can do nothing to put himself back onside. So a rebound off the frame of the goal is still the same play and a PIOP is prevented from playing the rebound. In those situations the PIOP has to wait for the ball to go out of play or for the opponents to gain control of the ball or a new phase of play begins as already mentioned by an onside player.

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