Calling Offside

  • May 31, 2015 at 2:31 am #946
    Ian French

    Something I have seen many teams do – including my own – is to have a substitute watch the opposition team from the end they are starting the point at and raising a hand to signal if they were offside or not.

    Is it legitimate though? Surely the players on the pitch calling the offside can only rely on what they see and not what a player off the pitch sees?

    June 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm #947
    Rueben Berg

    If a Player on the field believes that the opposition is offside, they can call offside. If needed, they can use the perspective of those on the sideline to clarify if it was offside or not.

    However players may seek the perspective of non-players to clarify the rules, and to assist players to make the appropriate call for “down” calls and line calls.

    Line calls relate to the following calls: “out-of-bounds”, “goal” and “offside”.

    So the player calling offside should not rely solely on the sideline player in making the call – they should have some idea that they were offside, and can then use the sideline as confirmation.

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