Quick Review of Law 11: Offside for Parents and Volunteer Coaches

Ok, pop quiz for parents and coaches of youth soccer players: For U10 and U9 matches with the new build out line….where can an offside offense occur on the pitch? I’ll have the answer at the end. A lot of parents lose their minds if not familiar with this age group rule!

Here’s a quick link to the FIFA explanation of a Law that parents and coaches think we officials don’t get right a good deal if the time!

I hope that after getting to know what Law 11 – Offside is all about, you’ll go into your next match understanding more than last weekend. 

Law 11 – Offside

Upon further review, don’t you think it’s more difficult than you thought to call offside from 40 yards downfield and on the other side of play?

I make it a pre-game habit to talk to the coaches and players. As referees, we want to create a dialogue with the teams, set expectations for the match and answer any questions you have. 

If you don’t know, ask the official at your next match! The referee is there to enforce the Laws if the Game and make sure your kids stay safe! 

ANSWER – A player can only be in an offside position in U10 and U9 matches (7v7) when PAST the buildout line heading towards the goal. 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. When our kids were little, and played in AYSO games, both Richard and I were terrified when asked to be line judges. Holding that huge orange flag and calling balls “in” or “out” was an overwhelming experience for us. The kids went on to be involved in sports through their schools, where we were happy to sit on the sidelines and cheer them on. I’m so glad I found one of your posts! Nice to see you!

  2. Hi Leslie! Hope you are well 🙂

    I took the ref plunge after coaching, then doing the “parent thing” for a season and volunteering to run lines with the flag. Found I enjoyed it, and it kept me quiet and away from any sideline drama.

    So then I got certified. Why not, right? Good to see you too, appreciate you reading and checking in. Be well!

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