U.S. Soccer

Laws of the Game Not Involved in Active Play Law 11

Law 11 states that it is not an offense in itself to be in an offside position. An attacker is penalized only when in an offside position and involved in active play. This means the referee must determine that a player is participating in one of the following: interfering with play, interfering with an opponent or gaining an advantage by being in that position.

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