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Question Number: 33131

Law 11 - Offside 3/11/2019

RE: Under 19

Paris of Chalkis, Eubia Greece asks...

If a player A is nearer to the goal than any defender and passes to a teammate player B who is also nearer to the goal than any defender is it an offside and does the referee has to stop the rhythm of the game or is it his choice and has to make a decision?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

if there are no 2nd last opponents in the equation then the BALL itself becomes the offside line with respect to being closer to the opponents' goal.

If Player A is or was onside and if they choose to pass the ball to another team mate who is also in behind the 2nd last opponent we need to establish where is this other player receiving the ball standing in relationship to the position of the BALL itself when their onside teammate last touches the ball?

NOT when they receive that ball but where they WERE in relationship to that ball at that critical moment it is LAST Touched by their team mate ? That determines IF they are restricted or not?

Remember players can move before and after a ball is on its way over!

If the player receiving the ball is onside by being even or further away then the ball itself from the opposing goal line at that moment their teammate last touches said ball, they are free to pursue or receive that ball no matter which direction they need to run into to get it. The opposition is not part of the offside equation in these cases.

Thus your answer will be, it depends o what the AR or referee is aware if as to ALL the circumstances surrounding the issue as to play continues no offside or stop play for offside infraction INDFK out! .

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Paris
The game has to be stopped if one team has offended the Laws of the Game to its benefit. So if an attacking player commits an offside offence of course play has to be stopped unless of course there is a clear obvious advantage to the fouled against team in which case play can continue through the use of advantage
In the offside scenario you present the only way Player B can be in an onside position is to be behind the ball at the moment it is played by Player A. Once the option of having two opponents between the ball and the goal line is not available then staying behind the ball is the only way that allows a team mate to stay onside and participate in play.
So let is say that Player A is through on goal with only the goalkeeper between him and the goal line and he passes the ball to his team mate Player B who is ahead of the ball then Player B MUST be called offside when he touches the ball or interferes with an opponent.
If on the other hand Player B stays behind the ball until it is played by Player A then there is no possible offside as B is onside at the moment of the play by A and play continues.
Offside applies at all times with the exception of a throw in, goal kick or corner kick. There is no option for the referee to decide that due to no defending players being present with two attackers through on goal that offside consideration should not apply.
Here is an example
The pass by White to his team mate who scores is an example of Player A having only the goalkeeper between himself and the goal line and the ball becomes the offside line with the scorer Player B being onside. Had the scorer been ahead of the ball at the moment it was played by his team mate it would be called offside.

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