October 26, 2012

Offside "behind goalkeepers"

Yesterday's UEFA Europa League match between NK Maribor of Slovenia and English Tottenham featured quite a paradigmatic situation with regard to a special case of offside infringements, when Tottenham's Sigurdsson scored the equalizing goal in the second half. 

For the concerned assistant referee (Russian Anton Averianov who assisted Sergei Karasev yesterday), it will be probably counted as a crucial mistake, for us, it is a perfect opportunity to outline the event that a goalkeeper has left his goal and there is still only one defender between the foremost striker and the goalline. Always keep in mind that - contrary to many commentators' misbelief that a player has been flagged for offside, since there allegedly was "no other defender closer to the goalline" - the Laws of the Game state that offside generally occurs when there is not more than one defender between the concerned striker, who either receives the ball or significantly influences the opponent's behaviour (distracting the goalkeeper's area of vicinity e.g.), and the goalline. Consequently, the goalkeeper must be considered as a normal defender in terms of offside.
Naturally, one must point out the high difficulty with regards to the circumstances and high pace.

Therefore, the following video will clarify why the goal should have been disallowed.


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A quite similar goal was correctly disallowed in World Cup 2010's opener match between South Africa and Mexico. Rafael Ilyasov's decision is explained by Urs Meier here.


14 Comments:

  1. Anyway, the decision in Maribor - Tottenham was more difficult for the assistant.
    Not only for the fact that the keeper wasn't the last defender but also for the fact that he had to evaluate the position when the teammate tried to shoot on goal, and not on a easy pass to see.
    Probably he was totally confused in this situation.

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  2. Totally right, extremely difficult situation. Ilyasov's decision was of the same type, but of a lower dimension.

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  3. By the way, Djamel Haimoudi and Bouchaib El Ahrach will blow the final whistle(s) in CAF CL. El Ahrach was very good at AFCON 2013, would be glad to repeat our work we have done in January with regard to observing.

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    2. Bakary Papa Gamassa with the final match at AFCON2013.
      It will be an epic win by Niclas E.

      :D

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    3. ;) Opener match ok, but final would be too much I presume.

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  4. 14.11. Turkey-Denmark: Brych/Borsch/Lupp

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    1. That is the 500th match of Turkish national team with 90 years of heritage as Turkish Football Federation. Felix Brych is most probably invited by name from DFB which is great appoitment.

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  5. I watched the match at Maribor but it wasn't clear during the match since there wasn't a replay. I am stunned now of-course. Anyway a crucial mistake but any assistant could have made a mistake here.

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  6. omg, we should get the 3 points :)

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  7. Robert Małek is injured and will not be appointed for next EL matchday. It seems his end of international career.

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  8. 27.10.2012, Qatar Stars League
    Al-Sadd - Al-Jaish
    Craig Alexander Thomson - Graham Chambers, George Drummond (SCO)

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  9. Thanks for this info, also again thanks a lot for the domestic league overview in the other thread!

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  10. About offside.
    I suggest you to watch Catania-Juventus 0-1 highlights, match played today.
    Luca Maggiani (AR1) and Nicola Rizzoli (AAR1) with two crucial mistakes and a terrible match's influence.
    Regular goal disallowed for Catania in first half, offside goal awarded to Juventus in second half.
    The last decision about the disallowed goal in first half was taken by Rizzoli and not Maggiani, it was anyway a offside question.
    You can look for the video on youtube.
    Many Catania fans are angry because they think that this decision amde by Rizzoli was taken just because there were heavy complaints from Juventus bench.

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