Easy ways to understanding Offside

Easy ways to understand offside in football match:

Offside has always been one of the most misunderstood in any football match. Bestofficiating brings to you easy ways to understand this law in football.

It is important to know that it is not an offence to be in an offside position.

A player is in an offside position if the following conditions are met:

any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the

halfway line of the field of play)

  1. Any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent

2. The hands and arms of all players, including the goalkeepers, are not considered.

3. A player in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched by a team-mate is only penalised on becoming involved in active play by:

Interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a team-mate

Interfering with an opponent by: Preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by

clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball or clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts

on an opponent.


Offside trap

Also a player making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball is considered to be in an offside.

A player gaining an advantage by playing the ball or interfering with an opponent

when it has rebounded or been deflected off the goalpost, crossbar, match official or

an opponent.

A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save by any opponent) is not considered to have gained an advantage.

A ‘save’ is when a player stops, or attempts to stop, a ball which is going into or

very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms (unless

the goalkeeper within the penalty area).

In situations where:

  • a player moving from, or standing in, an offside position is in the way of an

opponent and interferes with the movement of the opponent towards the ball

this is an offside offence if it impacts on the ability of the opponent to play or

No Offside:

  • If a player is leveled with the second-last opponent or
  • last two opponents.
  • There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:
    • a goal kick
    • a throw-in
    • a corner kick

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