"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes
which can be made, in a narrow field" Niels Bohr
Mr. Bohr was certainly right - the best way to learn is from our own mistakes. But as we cannot, nor would we ever want to, experience all possible scenarios ourselves, suddenly facing a new one in our game could find us in trouble.
So the next best thing is to learn from each other, to learn from the mistakes and to follow the examples of excellent refereeing decisions!
The aim of Offside Explained is to offer a shortcut in becoming an expert in the field of offside.
Offside Explained believes that for the good of the game referees at all levels should share the same understanding of Law 11. There is a gap between the people who write the Laws, FIFA & UEFA interpreting the Law and the referees who have to put the Law into practice at all levels all over the world. We can see that there are a lot of different interpretations of the meaning of Law 11.
Offside Explained gives the best to offer a more direct way in reaching the grassroots level and offering learning points to the more experienced referees. More than 95% of world football is played at the amateur level and the referees at the amateur level need to have access to the information. The players and the spectators are also part of the game and should be allowed to understand the interpretation of the Law as well.
Offside Explained aims to give video examples of all possible scenarios that could happen, explain them regarding the meaning of Law 11 and offer solutions of how the refereeing team should act upon. Anyone can spot a mistake, but a few take the time to analyse why it happened and what could be done differently to avoid it.
Offside Explained is written based on the direct and indirect information from FIFA and UEFA, the written Law, official video examples, official guidelines and official decisions regarding match situations. The explanations are written by FIFA assistant referees.
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