Amendment to offside rule in football

A look at the amendment to the offside rule, decided by the

International Football Association Board on Saturday, which will

take effect from July 1. Additions and deletions marked in

brackets.

Law 11

The following definitions apply regarding ”interfering with an

opponent/gaining an advantage”:

– ”interfering with play” means playing or touching the ball

passed or touched by a teammate

– ”interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent

from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing

the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the

ball (DELETES movements or making a gesture or movement which, in

the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent).

– ”gaining an advantage by being in that position” means

playing a ball

-(ADDS reference to deflected) that rebounds or is deflected to

him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent having been in an

offside position.

-(NEW subsection) that rebounds, deflected or is played to him

from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside

position.

– (NEW section) A player in an offside position receiving the

ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from

a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an

advantage.