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Offside on the nearside
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Signal for the nearside offside

There are three different signals that an assistant ref can make for an offside.

But the types of signal are dependent on where the offside offence is committed.

The position where the assistant holds his flag makes it clear to the referee, players and spectators which player is being penalised for offside.

If a player on the side of the pitch nearest to the assistant is deemed to be offside then the flag is pointed down towards the ground in front of the body.

Signal for an offside in the centre
The second offside decision is for those against a player who is in the centre of the pitch.

The assistant referee will hold the flag out with an outstretched arm at shoulder height.

Signal for an offside on the far side of the field

So on to the third and final offside decision.

And it's for the offsides on the far side of the pitch.

The assistant referee will hold the flag out in front of him at above head height.

Simple! And don't go shouting at the assistant next time he holds that flag up to you!






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