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Question Number: 3444

Law 11 - Offside

RE: rec

jeff of silver spring, md us asks...

Dear MrRef..I saw this question and answer on another site and it got me thinking about the answer...Direct Question .Can you be offside on a direct kick? I played in a game recently and someone on my team got fouled outside the box for a direct kick. I sent the ball toward goal, where a teammate of mine (who was behind the defense) scored on a header. The ref whistled the play offside but my team and coach disagreed. Can you help here?. .Ali Newman, Via e-mail. .Ali, The only time there is no offside is if the player receives the ball from a goal kick, throw-in or a corner kick. A player can be ruled offside right from an indirect or direct kick provided the player is involved in active play, which your teammate was in this case. .?The Editors ..Is an attacking player allowed in OSP before the ball is kicked - and what exactly does recieve the ball mean in this case - if the player settled the ball and then kicked they would be in a OSP - so, I don't understand how it is possible to be behind the def and not OSP. Didn't the player directly receive the ball by heading it into the goal.

Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

Hi Jeff,..I am not sure about what you are asking, but I can say that when you played the ball from a direct free kick to your teammate, who was closer to the goal than 2 defenders and the ball, and he headed it into the goal, the call should be offside...The player can stand in the offside position all day and not be called for offside, until he becomes actively involved in play which he was when he received and headed the ball...I hope that I was able to clear up any confusion. Please check out Law 11-Offside in the Law Book. ..Thanks for visiting our site.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Yes, you can be offside on a direct kick. What you describe with the player that scored on a header is an example of this. A direct kick has nothing special about it in regards to offside as do goal and corner kicks where there can be no offside by definition. Thanks for question.

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Answer provided by Referee Nagy

Hi Jeff! Offside is judged in IFK or DFK exactly the same way as in active play. If the person in offside positio and he was "Active", then he should be penalized. Simple. A FK is a red herring.

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