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Question Number: 31539

Law 11 - Offside 5/16/2017

RE: Adult

Frank of Hobart, Tasmania Australia asks...

follow up question to offside.
If a player in an OSP receives the ball from a team mate which is deflected by a mislead interception by an opponent is judged as NO OFFSIDE OFFENCE. Could it be considered that the GK saving a shot that accidentally goes to the person in an OSP not be the same? How does it differ? Thx.

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

HI Frank ,
You use the word DEFLECTION, if the ball is deemed as a deflection it means it CAN NOT be a deliberate play thus the oppositions' offside restriction remains.

If the ball is MISPLAYED in that it is a MISTAKE then the offside restriction is rescinded , however, if that attempt was ALSO connected with preventing goal or clear shot into the goal in the opinion of the referee then the misplay is a deliberate save and once again the oppositions' offside restriction REMAINS!

part of the LOTG stipulate that you CAN make a deliberate save, (this is where you are deliberately playing the ball to prevent a goal from being scored!) Whether the ball is kicked well or poorly or in the keepers case handled well or poorly the DELIBERATE incident is judged the same as a rebound or deflection no PIOP can take advantage of that incident.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Frank
The simple answer is that if differs because the Laws of the Game specify that a save CANNOT reset offside. Yes a save is a deliberate play yet the law makers are of the opinion that a player in an offside position should not gain an advantage by being able to play the ball off a save. Indeed some South American countries were interpreting a save as an offside reset and IFAB had to spell out specifically that it was not.
A save by the way is defined as attempting to stop a shot that is goal ward bound. The actual quote is that a save is * An action by a player to stop the ball when it is going into or very close to the goal using any part of the body except the hands (unless a goalkeeper within their own penalty area)*

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