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Offside Rule

U9 & Older Age Groups

Laws of the Game

Educating yourself on the rules and laws of the games can give you a better understanding of how the game is played. One of the most confusing and contraversal laws is the "Offside" rule. To better educate yourself on the laws and all the factors involved we have listed some details below. 

ASA would like to share this information for those coaches and parents who are trying to educate themselves and their players on the laws of the game, not question referee decisions.

Offside Rule

The law states that if a player is in an offside position when the ball is played to him or touched by a teammate, he may not become actively involved in the play.

A player is in an offside position if he is closer to the goal line than both the ball and the second-to-last defender, but only if he is in the opposition half of the field. To be offside, a player must:

  • Be in the opposition half.
  • Be in front of the ball.
  • Have fewer than two opposition players between himself and the goal line when the ball is played to him by a teammate. The goalkeeper can count as an opposing player in this instance.
  • A player cannot be offside when receiving the ball directly from a goal kick, corner kick, or throw-in.

FIFA 2014/2015 Rule Book (Page 35 and 110)



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