Our webpage is not up to date (because the Law has changed so many times during the last 3 years) so when reading it also do notice the publishing date. We will update the page during the next months.
The most up to date and recent educational videos can now be found in the
Offside Explained Vimeo page:
- New videos
- Albums by topic
All the latest videos include explanations based on the UEFA & FIFA interpretations.
www.law-11.com will serve mainly as a theory tool from now on.
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The following examples and reasons are based on our understanding of how UEFA/FIFA want the offside situations to be interpreted. This is based on many examples we have seeing directly from UEFA. These are situations where an offside decision in some cases is in alignment with the "The Spirit of the Law". The changes are made due to the feedback from the IFAB advisory boards.
Hopefully these changes will be the last we see for now. It has been a difficult 3 years for the referees, the players and the spectators. It might be good to keep it simple from now on.
FIFA and UEFA have both started to use new guidelines for interpreting Law 11. The word "impeding" is brought in to avoid goals that wouldn't feel fair for the football community. Offside Explained has divided the "impeding" situations into 3 different topics:
Although the Law 11 and its Guidelines & Instructions don't say it explicitly then based on the FIFA current interpretation & UEFA written Guidelines "Interfering with play" does not only mean playing or touching the ball anymore.
Read the theory and watch 19 example videos in - "Attempt to play the ball"
This post explains how you can develop the correct mind-set for making excellent flash-lag decisions. We provide you with 3 video collections and a short video test that proves the logic.
This video with 5 situations shows mistakes that should be avoided and cannot be supported!
Compare them to the video with 4 mistakes of "allowing a goal from offside" and you will understand the difference between these two kinds of mistakes.
This post with 7 videos analyses the angles of the referee and the camera, the importance of positioning and the importance of having the correct mind-set.
Video nr 1
This video is a good example of the meaning of Law 11 being misunderstood. Read more by clicking on the article.
Take the poll, read the considerations and the OE verdict
Video nr 1
The defender tries to clear the ball. He is not aware that the attacker has played the ball and that it is directly in the way as he is retrieving his leg. The defender wants to place his leg on the ground and the ball is played against his leg.
This makes it a deflection. It would have to be considered as a deliberate play if the defender would play the ball directly (without the attacker playing the ball).
The main topic here is also co-operation. The assistant can spot the offside position, but as he is 50m away then it is very difficult for him to tell who plays the ball. He should ask for information, ideally the referee should tell "attacker played" right after the ball is played.
Video nr 2
The 7 clips in this video come with the same explanation - NO OFFSIDE
Read more from the thread "Deliberate play & deflection"