If read literally, this seems to indicate that as long asThis is a massive change in how offside position is determined for attackers leaving the ball has gone outfield of play or the defending team has cleared the ball towards halfway, outside of their penalty area,with very little explanation.
If an attacking player whoattacker has stepped offleft the field of play prior todeliberately, this means that even if they re-enter and place themselves in an onside position, may no longerthey will continue to be considered to be in an offside position - i.e. a ball could be played to the goal line for them to step onto the field to collect, and even if(unless the second-last defender is aton the goal line) until the defensive team clears the ball towards halfway, they'd still be able to play itoutside the penalty area.
However, I don't believe this is a sane interpretation. Here is how I, as a referee, and as far as I know, other referees will be applying this LawAlso:
An attackingA player may step or stay offwho deliberately leaves the field of play and re-enters without the referee’s permission and is not topenalised for offside and gains an advantage, must be involved in active playcautioned.
If the player re-enters from the goal line and becomes involved in play before the next stoppage in play, or the defending team has played the ball towards the halfway line and it is outside their penalty area,
and in the Offside FAQ section:
Q6: How can an attacking player gain a non-offside advantage when returning to the field of play?
The player shall be considered to be positioned on the goal line forcould come back onto the purposesfield of offsideplay without the other team being aware and then receive a pass or make a challenge.
It seems to meThis means that this is an editing error,if a player who has left the field deliberately re-enters the field of play and involves themselves in active play before the entire second sentence was copied fromball has been played by the preceding paragraphdefending team towards halfway, out of the penalty area, and they are (about defenders offnot penalised for offside, they must be cautioned for re-entering the field of play), without checking that it made sense for attackerspermission. For defendersIf this occurs, it makes perfect sense; you need to know whenan indirect free kick is awarded to stop counting a defender behind the goal line for the purposes of offsidedefending team.
As always, as the number of defenders between an attacker andwho accidentally finds themselves carried off the goal line defines offside positionfield by a natural playing movement (e. Ifg. a challenge by an injured defender off the backopponent, or their momentum from a run) is not affected by either of these restrictions, provided that they re-enter the field remained counted for offside purposes indefinitely, this would bein a huge disadvantage to the defending teamtimely manner.
The restart location is no longer a problempoint of contention, as this has been simplified in the 2016/17 Laws: