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Assistant Referee & Offside

Under 12’s and up play with Offside.  Each team must supply one Assistant Referee (Linesman/Lineswoman) from the Parent group for home and away games.

The number one job of the Assistant Referee is wave your flag when a player is offside to alert the Referee.

Offside?  What is offside?

Glad you asked, have a look at this very basic intro to Offside.

What is the Offside Rule in Soccer What is the Offside Rule in Soccer


Short Videos showing offside to help explain the rule.

Offside in Soccer (Football) in under 2 Minutes Offside in Soccer (Football) in under 2 Minutes

Offside in Soccer (Football) in 3 Minutes Offside in Soccer (Football) in 3 Minutes


Should you really want to get into the nitty gritty there is the FA website on Rule 11


 The FA Law 11: Offside  The FA Law 11: Offside

Where should you stand as and Assistant Referee?

Best practice when new to the role is in line with the last Defender and don't go past the centre line to the other end of the pitch.

This last Video is from US Soccer and it contains advice for those starting including positioning.

We don't expect our parents to run as much as these Assistant Refs do.


Advice for a new Assistant Referee  Advice for a new Assistant Referee 










Gary Talbot Director of Football



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