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Offside Rule Law 11

The offside rule is one of the most talked about laws in football, so here is what you need to know but if that isn't clear enough then take a look at the video at the bottom of the page.
Firstly, there is no offside offence if a player receives the ball from the following:
  • A goal kick
  • A throw-in
  • A corner kick
  • In the players own half
  • In line with the last deffender
  • If behind the ball when it is played
  • In an offside position but is not actively playing or is not in an active position
Secondly, there is an offside offence if a player receives the ball with the following:
  • Player is nearer to his opponents goal, active & in front of the ball & last deffender
  • The moment the ball is kicked to a player who is offside & not when he touches the ball
  • Considered by the referee as involved with play when in an offside position
  • Intering with play, using movement & being near a player or goal keeper so they are watching you
  • In a position of advantage, if ball rebounds back to an offside player from the goal or goalkeeper
When an offside offence has been given by the referee then the opponents are awarded an indirect free kick. The free kick is taken from where the offence has been commited unless it's in the deffenders own goal area when it can be taken from anywhere within this area.

Law 11: The Offside Rule Explained