Level 7 Referee
So UEFA and FIFA would say this is offside. Now of course this type of situation opens up the always lovely debate of what a deliberate play of the ball is and does the description above match the text of the LOTG. But since the clip was from a UEFA match then the UEFA interpretations apply and they say there's a difference between a defender controlling the ball and being immediately challenged and the defender deliberately playing the ball which then goes to an attacker.UEFA and FIFA have though stated that situations like this are OFFSIDE OFFENCES as the ball is not played to the attacker, but the attacker comes from an offside position to challenge the defender (very shortly) after the defender has "taken hold of the ball" or "controlled the ball".
So by the meaning of the Law:
- NO OFFSIDE when the defender plays the ball to the attacker (deliberate play)
- OFFSIDE when the defender takes hold of the ball and is then in a very short moment challenged by the attacker (who was already going to challenge him for the ball before he played it).
OFFSIDE is correctly called in this example.
However for me, I'm not sure this is truly applicable - as I see it this player has not received the ball from the opponent, they have gone and taken the ball from the opponent.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.
In such cases I think it's partly a question of timing - how long has the opponent had the ball (and what actions have they undertaken since they received it) before the offside-positioned player challenges them? In this case (in my opinion) the challenge occurs so quickly after the initial touch by the defender that it can be seen as a challenge for the ball.interfering with an opponent by [...] challenging an opponent for the ball
You need to take the whole statement into account:Hmm... does this clip come down to how interpret the first touch?
I think the first touch is clearly control and a deliberate play and the tackle happens after so much time it can’t be offside.
Uefa’s explanation of ”controlled the ball” is unfortunate as it is not detailed and is not the LotG... but I infer they are saying the second touch is the act of control and the tackle then comes so quick it’s offside...?