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Who makes changes to the Laws of the Game
Each year on July 1st, the Laws of the Game within soccer are updated by FIFA. Law 11 is one of the shortest of the 17 laws, but is perceived to be one of the most complicated and controversial. There are many reasons for this.
Players, Spectators, and Coaches:
  1. Do not really know the correct ruling
  2. Do not have the correct angle to view the offside position
  3. Become emotional during the match
  4. Say Offsides are to difficult to understand
In reality; Law 11 is very easy to understand. 
  1. It's as easy as 
  2. 1-2-3.
Although it is NOT an offence in itself to be in an offside position, the referee follows the following guidelines
A player is in an offside position if:
  • The player is closer to their opponents' goal line, than both the ball and the second to last defender.
  • Definition of second to last defender: The Goalkeeper is the last defender and the nearest player to the goalkeeper on the goalkeepers team is the second to last defender
A player is NOT in an offside position if:
  • The player is in their own half of the field of play or
  • The player is level with the second-last opponent or
  • The player is level with the last two opponents
To view and understand Law 11 FIFA Description.
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