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Question Number: 3433

Law 11 - Offside

RE: AASL Under 14

Marty Offineer of Amherst, OH USA asks...

Player A is without the ball but is in an offsides position. Player B, with ball, dribles past 2nd last defender and is approaching goalee. Player A, realizing he is an offsides position, moves himself behind ball and player B as Player B dribbles forward. However, Player A is still in front of the 2nd last defender. Player B passes the ball to player A, who is still behind the ball. Is player A offsides because he is still in front of the 2nd last defender?

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

No. In order to be in offside position, a player has to be nearer the opponent's goal line than BOTH the next to last defender AND the ball. A player can NEVER be offside if he's behind the ball. This,unfortunately,gets called wrong often by inexperienced referees. Hope that didn't happen in your game.

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Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

No this is legal under the Laws of the Game, specifically Law 11 which states that in order to be called for offside, at the moment the ball is played by a team mate, you must be in the attacking half of the field closer to the goal line than both the second to last defender and the ball. In your scenario, the player is behind the ball and therefore cannot be called for offside...Great question, thanks for visiting our site.

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