Soccer Referee Resources
Ask a Question
Recent Questions

RSS FEED Subscribe Now!

Q&A Quick Search
The Field
The Ball
Number of Players
Players Equipment
The Referee
Assistant Referee
Duration of Play
Start / Restart
The Ball In/Out of Play
Method of Scoring
Fouls and Misconduct
Free Kicks
Penalty kick
Throw In
Goal Kick
Corner Kick

Common Sense
Kicks - Penalty Mark
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Attitude and Control
League Specific

Common Acronyms
Meet The Ref
Contact AskTheRef
Help Wanted
About AskTheRef
Panel Login
[Previous] [Next]

Law 11 - Offside 8/28/2016

russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

With regard to the offside laws, can the panel please help me to understand why the Real Madrid goal scored by Morata in the recent match against Celta Vigo was not called for offside.

Morata has come from an offside position as the last pla...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/25/2016

aymen soumer of KHOURIBGA, Khouribga Morocco asks...

If a player off the field (blessed/for law 4) entered into the field without the referee's autorisation and committed a foul against the opponent , how shall the referee resume the game , a direct or Indirect free kick

The old law please
Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/25/2016

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

In searching for some history on soccer rules, I came across this site, which offered an interesting paragraph on the hand ball foul:

'Here is a good way to tell whether it was intentional or not: if the play...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/25/2016

Petr of Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic asks...

Hello, describe please exactly what is promising attack and what is not. Thank you!...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/24/2016

John Andrews of Cygnet, Tasmania Australia asks...

Is a player allowed to be outside the field of play when playing the ball on the line or must the player remain in the field of play?...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/22/2016

Jason of Wylie, Texas US asks...

So the OP's question about the ball trapped in the corner and the answer that the opposing player could go around and poke it back to their team mate made me think. I've never given players leaving the field during normal play that much thought as it...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 8/22/2016

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

Re: being offside when coming back to a ball that was passed backward.

I would like to see it clarified in the the Laws, allowing the square or backward pass to be exempt from offside calls.

Rugby and North American (gridiron) footb...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/3/2016

Mike of Lebanon, CT USA asks...

I had a situation of two players jumping up for a ball, only in this case one was the keeper. Ball coming in on a high lob, attacker in PA with back to goal watching ball coming in, keeper comes over attacker's back with one hand on shoulder and whi...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 8/3/2016

russell of Sydney, Australia asks...

Following on from the question from Bob of DC regarding jumping fouls, this is an area that I too can often struggle with, or at least, the players struggle with my call / no call of these situations :)

Like Bob, I need to evaluate if it is ...

Read The Full Q & A

Law 11 - Offside 7/30/2016

Freya of Denver, Colorado USA asks...

My question is about what constitutes a 'rebound' to a player in an offside position.

In the recent (29 July 2016) Spurs v. Athletico game, Godin in an offside position scored a goal after the ball came off a defender's head.


Read The Full Q & A

[Previous] [Next]

Soccer Referee Extras

Did you Ask the Ref? Find your answer here.

Enter Question Number

If you received a response regarding a submitted question enter your question number above to find the answer

Offside Question?

Offside Explained by Chuck Fleischer & Richard Dawson, Former & Current Editor of AskTheRef

This web site and the answers to these questions are not sanctioned by or affiliated with any governing body of soccer. The opinions expressed on this site should not be considered official interpretations of the Laws of the Game and are merely opinions of AskTheRef and our panel members. If you need an official ruling you should contact your state or local representative through your club or league. On AskTheRef your questions are answered by a panel of licensed referees. See Meet The Ref for details about our panel members.