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  1. Being in an offside position is not against the Law
  2. Offside position depends on where the attacker is at the time a teammate plays the ball
    • Ahead of the ball
    • Ahead of the second to last defender
    • In the other teams half of the field
    • Not when or where the attacker gets the ball !
    • Even if in an offside position, an attacker cannot be called offside if the ball is received directly
      • Goal Kick
      • Corner Kick
      • Throw in
    • Offside is called only if, when in an offside position, an attacker becomes involved in active play:
      • Interfering with play (for example, having the ball passed to you or running to the ball)
      • Interfering with an opponent (for example, blocking a player on the other team)
      • Gaining an advantage (for example, getting a ball that bounces off a crossbar)
    • “Involvement in active play” is based on the opinion of the referee
    • An attacker in an offside position can become “onside” only if:
      • The ball leaves the field,
      • A teammate touches or plays the ball again, or
      • A defender plays (controls) the ball

To read more about  Offside Made Easy

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