IFAB Law 11 (Offside) Circular 2015

Disclaimer – The information in this post is for educational purposes only.  It is in no way a directive from the OSA/CSA, nor has it been approved by either governing body as of yet.  The purpose for this information being posted is so that our members, and referees in the GTA can start thinking about how to apply Law 11 correctly and in accordance to FIFA/IFAB interpretations.  This is just to get the conversations started, and remind referees that they should wait for official direction from the OSA/CSA.


IFAB Law 11 Circular
(Including The FA/PGMOL Memos)

Recently, IFAB has sent out a new circular heavily pertaining to Law 11 and the interpretation of the offside law.  In particular, it pays close attention to “Interfering with and opponent” and the act of a “”Save”.  Along with the circular, The FA/PGMOL have also distributed a clarification memo, and illustrative examples to help referees at all levels understand what is actually being discussed.

The documents can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking the following links:

IFAB Circular
The FA/PGMOL Clarification
The FA/PGMOL Illustrative Examples

This new directive doesn’t change much of what we are already doing however, there are a couple of instances where this clarification does change the outcome and end result of particular match situations.  For one example of this, please check out the Third Blind Mouse post here.

In addition, please pay particular attention to…

“However, just because a player is an offside position it does not always mean that he
has an impact. For example:
• where a player tries to play the ball as it is going into the goal without affecting an
opponent, or in situations where there is no opposition player near, he should not
be penalised”

What this potentially means is that if there is no one else around, we are to allow the goal only if he does NOT TOUCH the ball at all. We are to wait and see…if he touches it before it enters the goal, THEN the flag is raised for the offside offense – also if there are opponents in close vicinity, especially the goal keeper.

HERE are some more examples and further explanation.

For more clarification, or if you have questions, please email the executive, or leave your comments/questions below.

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