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Soccer Played


(e.g., “at the instant the soccer ball is played” or “after the soccer ball has been played”). Refers to a pass or kick & not to dribbling & not to a soccer player without the soccer ball. The term “played” is critical to the definition of “offside”. (See “Late Tackle” & “Offside“).


Soccer Offside Rule (Simplified)


If “offside” is called in your age bracket, you can teach this simple version: You are not offside if you are doing any of the following:

  1. Are in your own half of the soccer field (your half is the half your goalkeeper is on). Or,
  • Are even with or behind the soccer ball. Or,
  • Don’t go past the “Second Last Defender” (The goalkeeper is usually, but not always, the last defender; this might be the case if the goalkeeper is out of goal). Or,
  • Receive the soccer ball direct from a goal kick, corner kick or throw-in. (But you can be offside if you receive it direct on a “free kick”). Or,
  • Are the ballhandler (the ballhandler can be closer to the goal than the soccer ball if he has his back to the goal).
  • The penalty for Offside is that an Indirect Free Kick is awarded to the opposing soccer team to be taken from the place where the offside occurred.

    When my forwards “push up” without the soccer ball, I tell them to stay 2 steps behind the Last Defender (not counting the goalkeeper) so they are less likely to be caught offside or to be accidentally called offside. (See “Played” & “Offside Rule, Detailed“).


    Soccer Offside Rule (Detailed)


    What makes the offside rule especially complicated is that a soccer player can be in an “offside position” without being offside. Two things are necessary to be “offside”:

    1st – The soccer player must be in an “offside position” at the moment the ball is “played” by a soccer teammate. To be in an “offside position”, a soccer player must be on the opponent’s half of the field & closer to the opponent’s goal line than both the soccer ball & the second-last defender. A soccer player is not in an offside position if he is on his own half of the field (i.e. the half his goalkeeper is on), or even with the second-to-last defender or the last 2 defenders. (The goalkeeper is usually the last defender, or one of the last two, but he might not be; the rules just refer to the last 2 defenders & don’t mention the goalkeeper). This is often difficult to call. (For example, if a soccer player is even with the Second Last Defender & thereby in an “onside position” but runs past the Second Last Defender a split second after his teammate makes a through pass. In this example, the soccer player is not offside because he was in an onside position at the moment the soccer ball was played.)

    2nd – The player must be involved in “active play” by either:

    • gaining an advantage by being in an offside position, or
  • interfering with play, or
  • interfering with an opponent
  • For example, if a soccer player is in an “offside position” but not involved in the play, he would not be “offside”. This can be a tough call & can be very judgmental. For example, what if the “onball attacker” is to the right of the goal but a teammate is in an “offside position” to the left of the goal’ You can argue that the teammate wasn’t involved in the play, but you can also argue that he distracted the goalkeeper because the goalkeeper had to worry about the possibility of a crossing pass & therefore the attacking team “gained an advantage by being in an offside position”, in which case the teammate was “offside”. In this case, the Referee’s decision might depend on whether he felt the Goalkeeper was influenced by the player in the offside position. Obviously, it is a very subjective decision.

    The penalty for Offside is that an Indirect Free Kick is awarded to the opposing soccer team to be taken from the place where the offside occurred.

    I suggest this: don’t argue with the referee over these calls. It’s a very tough call and it’s easy to miss these calls. (Even the best Linesmen in the world miss these calls). I suggest teaching your attackers to stay 2 steps behind the “Last Defender” and, if they don’t have the soccer ball but are running with a teammate who has the soccer ball, to stay 3 steps behind the soccer ball so they are less likely to be called offside. (The linesman’s sight angle can sometimes make an attacker look like he’s in an offside position when he’s actually even with the Last Defender or with the soccer ball).

    Special Cases Where Offside Is Not Called: A soccer player is not offside if he receives the soccer ball directly from a goal kick, throw-in or corner kick, even if he is in an offside position; however, once touched, the offside rule starts and if it is then played to a soccer player in an “offside position”, offside may be called. (Note that the offside rule does apply on “free kicks”). A soccer player is also not offside if he passes the soccer ball backward, even if doing so leaves him in an “offside position”. However, if he is in an offside position and the soccer ball is played returned to him by a teammate (e.g., a wall pass), then he can be called offside.


    Soccer Late Tackle


    A tackle (usually a slide tackle) that makes contact with the ballhandler just after he has played the ball. (See “Played“).