When two defenders (opponents) are playing the ball between each other and it then deflects off one of them to an attacker in an offside position. If the attacker then take possession of the ball, is that an offside offence?


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No - Being passed by an opponent is not an offside offence.

Law 11 Offside.
A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save by any opponent) is not considered to have gained an advantage. (hence not being offside) (Page 100)

IFAB (FIFA) - Laws of the Game 2019/20


No, it won't be offside.
A attacking team can go on if the ball is taking from the defenders even though they are in offside. So the deflected ball by touching the defenders of the opponents can be taken and carry on by the attackers.

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