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Question Number: 8663

Law 11 - Offside 11/26/2004

RE: Rec Under 18

Scott Medling of , USA asks...

re: Offside - law says no offside offense if player receives ball directly from a throw in. But what if a player in an offside position who does NOT receive the ball directly is nonetheless involved in active play by interfering with an opponent trying to play the ball. Shouldn't he be whistled for offside offense?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 11/27/2004

Scott from a throw-in there may be no offside infraction until an attacking player touches the ball. If the active interference is any of the ten direct free kick offenses or impeding deal with it as such but it, by definition, can not be an offside infraction until the ball is touched by an attacking player and then an offside colleague does something he shouldn't. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Laflin 11/27/2004

Nice idea, but it doesn't really work like that..As Chuck says, you can't be pulled up for offside from a throw-in, until a second touch has been made..Regards,

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