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Know Your Soccer Defenders

The other day, as I officiated a soccer match, I heard a parent shout at his son, a forward, to go stand near the opposition’s last defender. I heard it over and over: “The last defender! The last defender, (name of child)!”

I knew the father wanted his son there because the son couldn’t be in an offside position if he stood with that defender.

Only one problem: the last defender is the goalkeeper. Stand there, and you’re in an offside position and will be called offside as soon as you are involved in the play, as soon as you interfere with play, or as soon as a teammate passes you the ball.

What the father meant to say was, “the second-to-last defender,” for Law 11 of the FIFA Laws of the Game (don’t you love how they’re laws and not rules?) specifically states:

“A player is in an offside position if: he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second to last opponent.” 

Furthermore, Law 11 says that a player is not in a offside position if “he is level with the last two opponents.”

The son never was called offside. He also didn’t score.

Until next time! Use the right words!


September 11, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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