FIFA Rule 11 - The Offside Rule

Typically the cause for much angst!

But not anymore ....

Here we explain the rule in easy language so we can all understand it ... 

The following is an extract from the official FIFA Rule 11 - The Offside Rule explanation.

A copy of the FIFA PDF is included below.

3 Elements to the Rule

1. Postion of Player

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

eg.  when the ball is kicked, if the 'receiving' attacking player does not have a defender between himself and the goalie - the receiving player is in an offside position.

Exception to the position rule:

A player is not in an offsider position if:

- the player is in their own half when the ball is kicked towards them;

- the ball has been thrown in;

- the ball has been a goal kick; or

- the ball has been a corner kick

2. Involved in Active Play

Being in an offside position does not mean an offence has occurred.

A player must be involved in active play and be in an offside position for the offence to occur.

Being involved in active play means the player must:

- play or touch the ball passed to them; or

- interfere with an opponent; or

- gain an advantage by being in that position.

Therefore, if a player is in the offside position but does not touch the ball or interfere with an opponent - no offside offence has occurred.

3. Possible 'Offence'


Just being in an offside position does not mean on offence has been commited and a free kick should be awarded.

A player must be:

1. in an offside position; AND

2. be involved in active play (ie. touches the ball or

makes an obvious action that clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball)

If both criteria are not satisfied - there is no offside offence and play continues!


The Official FIFA Guidelines

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Please remember ....

This is not the World Cup and everyone can make mistakes.

Just because you may know the Offside Rule - others may not ...

And even if they do - they can still make mistakes.  

Let's stay calm and set the example for others to follow.​