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Unread postby msilverstein47 » Thu Apr 3, 2014 7:00:58 am

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Unread postby Dannicus » Thu Apr 3, 2014 8:29:33 am

Yep. He was onside. It was razor close, and the AR got it wrong. Good thing it was just a friendly.

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Unread postby afecks » Thu Apr 3, 2014 9:30:48 am

Since the camera angle isn't straight on, it's tough to tell. EJ may have shifted his torso forward, anticipating the run, and if that put his shoulder goal-side of the defender, he's offside. Even if that was the case, it seems close enough to give the attacker the benefit of the doubt.

Maybe the AR got caught ball-watching, and assumed EJ was offside because of how far ahead he got.
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Unread postby Ultra666 » Thu Apr 3, 2014 9:41:37 am

I hate that the upper body can dictate offside.
If the feet are even, it should be onside.

Catching a defender going the "wrong way" should not penalize the offensive team.
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Unread postby Llarian » Thu Apr 3, 2014 9:57:40 am

Ultra666 wrote:I hate that the upper body can dictate offside.
If the feet are even, it should be onside.

Catching a defender going the "wrong way" should not penalize the offensive team.


My recollection is that it's a striking surface, or something like that, which includes head and upper torso. Not sure if that's an interpretation, or a laws of the game thing. (Too lazy to look it up).

Either way, it was ridiculously close and probably should have gone in the attacker's favor.
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Unread postby davidbrandi05 » Thu Apr 3, 2014 10:40:18 am

Basically, any part of the body that can legally play the ball. Chest, head, feet, fat belly would all be offside if they were past the last defender.


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Unread postby msilverstein47 » Thu Apr 3, 2014 12:56:05 pm

And then there is this from Sheffield United vs. Brentford. This referee crew eventually got it right but it sure took a long time in order to get there...lol

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