I got my referee license recently, and am wondering where the restart should be for an offside offense.

One instructor told me the second to last defender, while another told me where the attacker was offside. Where should the restart actually be taken?

  • I took the test, and I play soccer. I know the rule, and was told before that it was where the attacker was. Then an instructor came in and said the play restarted where the 2nd to last defender was. But another instructor came in, and said it was where the attacker was. That confused me. @jumpingcode
    – Jack
    Jul 28 '14 at 13:56

The restart should be from where the offside player is:

The restart for an offside sanction is an indirect free kick for the opponent at the place where the off-sided player was at the time the teammate passed or touched the ball. This is defined as where the infringement took place.

Source: Wikipedia


The answer has now changed with 2016/17 revisions to the Laws of the Game. Law 11.4, Offside - Infringements and Sanctions now states:

If an offside offence occurs, the referee awards an indirect free kick where the offence occurred, including if it is in the player’s own half of the field of play.


The restart of play should be where the attacker was the last time the ball was touched by his teammate. Meaning, where the attacker was when his teammate passed the ball to him. According to Fifa, Laws Of The Game, Law 11.

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