Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Offside goal causes Champs League controversy


It's one of the shortest and least complex Fifa Laws of the Game, yet it seems to cause the most controversy.

There have been quite a few in the PSL over these last few weeks and then a major one in the Champions League on Tuesday night in the quarterfinal between Borussia Dortmund and Malaga in Germany.

Malaga complained that the winning goal for the German side was clearly offside, coming as it did in the dying seconds of additional time added on by the referee at the end of the game.

As a result of that alleged offside goal, Borussia Dortmund qualified for the semifinal of Europe's premier competition.

This video is not available in your region

For the sake of clarity let me quote you what the "bible" of soccer says about Law 11 of the Fifa Laws of the Game.

Offside Position

"It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position."

"A player IS in an offside position if:
he is nearer his opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.

"A player IS NOT in an offside position if:
he is in his own half of the field of play or
he is level with the second-last opponent or
he is level with the last two opponents."

Offence

"A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:

Interfering with play or
interfering with an opponent or
gaining an advantage by being in that position

No Offence

"There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:
a goal kick
a throw in
a corner kick

Infringements and Sanctions

"In the event of an offside offence, the referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred."

Now that's it.

So where's the controversy?
Why does it generate so much debate?
What's NOT to understand about it?

To sum up, a player has to be directly and intentionally trying to gain an advantage by being in an offside position.

I await your response and questions.

Happy Whistling
Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup Referee Coach and Mentor
email: thehangingjudge88@gmail.com
twitter: dr_errol


Recent columns


All Columns


Print

Comments

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
The real Afcon fireworks can begin
The boys are now being separated from the men. As a result, I have also lost my bet about who will...

John Dykes
The beginning of the end
Saturday’s Showdown at the Bridge has been described as being either the start of this season’s...

Neil Tovey
Bafana hit speed bump
I kept hearing that Bafana Bafana could win Afcon 2015. From the first whistle, I guarded against...

Emeka Enyadike
Mali, Guinea and the curse of Mongono
“We now need to respect the rules, we don’t have choice. We are going to shake before the draw, as...

Carol Radull
TIAF - This is African Football
I love big competitions because before they start everyone has something to say about how the...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The football hasn't been great thus far
It is easy for some of us who are proudly African and who were brought up on Afcon tournaments down...