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Red team is pressing, behind a goal, their 2nd last defender is completely inside the Blue teams half of the field. A blue striker aware that they are vulnerable to a counter attack runs parallel along the midline stepping on the line each time hoping to turn the moment a through ball should appear. Low and behold a ball is released and he turns up field in pursuit. He angry when the AR raises the flag indicating offside and yells his frustration claiming it is IMPOSSIBLE for him to be offside as he was inside his own half before he broke cover. What could the AR know that our striker does not? Was this a legitimate offside? Was this a trifling or doubtful offside? Is the AR in error or was this an easy by the book decision?

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