Goal preceded by opponent’s touch without «deliberate action» becomes offside

Goals preceded by an opponent’s touch without “total control of the body and the ball” are invalidated for offside when the scorer is in an irregular position, according to the latest version of the Laws of the Game, presented today.

In a videoconference session promoted by the academy of the Portuguese Association of Football Referees (APAF), referee Rui Marcelo Rodrigues gave the example of the 2021 Nations League final, between France and Spain, to realize that the goal that earned the 2-1 and the title to the Gauls, appointed by Mbappé in an offside position, after an incomplete cut by Eric Garcia, would be invalidated today, despite having been well validated according to the laws then in force.

“If the player [adversário que toca para o autor do golo] has not had enough time, is off balance or in effort, the ball has grazed the ball or the direction of the ball has not changed. The ball did not change its trajectory. This bid was validated, but now it would be invalidated”, he clarified.

According to the trainer, Eric Garcia’s incomplete cut is part of a case of “touching the ball” to the opponent who scores the goal, something that happens when the athlete “does not have full control of the body”.

Goals that result from opposing assists when the player serving the scorer has “full control of the body and the ball”, performing a “deliberate action”.

In a session that also featured the president of APAF, Luciano Gonçalves, and former first-rate referee Bruno Paixão, Rui Rodrigues also stressed that, throughout the 2022/23 season, the referees will “give special focus to violent play” , punishing offenders with a red card according to “the speed, the intensity, the way the foot is projected” and the area of ​​the body affected.

“When a player steps forward and hits a dangerous zone with the sole of his boot, the referee will have no decision other than [mostrar] the red card. It puts the opponent’s physical integrity at risk”, he said, clarifying that the ankle, Achilles tendon and knee are “dangerous zones”, due to the prolonged stoppage of injuries associated with them.

APAF also stated that it was committed to improving the game’s useful time, which was 52 minutes last season, given the loss of time with the review of bids by the video referee (three minutes, on average), with substitutions (three minutes), with corners ( four minutes), goal kicks (five minutes), throw-ins (nine) and free kicks, responsible for 14 minutes of interruption, on average.

“A study was carried out with five championship games. About 14 minutes were lost in the management of free kicks. We noticed that the referees, after signaling the infractions, lower the levels of concentration and attention. They take a long time to manage free kicks,” he said.

To reduce the pauses, the referees have guidelines to reduce the time in the formation of barriers, to speak with the goalkeepers as soon as they perceive a delay in the goal kicks, acting as a disciplinary measure in the third situation, if they do not respect the two previous warnings, and to add 45 seconds to the compensation time for each substitution made, when it used to be 30 seconds.

As for the cases of simulations and conflicts, Rui Miguel Rodrigues clarified that the piece of land around the technical areas is seen by the referees as a “third penalty area” due to the greater frequency of “situations of aggression” and confusion, which must , at least, always be worth a yellow card.

The fact that players “use their arms a lot” in Portuguese football led the referee to punish this behavior, which, in turn, led certain players to exaggerate in cases of “hands to face” to “get yellow cards from the opponent”, something that will be punished with a yellow card.

The referee also stressed that the Portuguese ‘judges’ have to look at “the importance of relationships”, showing the ability to “convince the players” of their decisions, but also a sense of “leadership and humility”.

“Referees are decision sellers and should bring players to their side. Players don’t say the best referee is the one who hits the most penalties or red cards, but the one who speaks to them,” he pointed out.

Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.

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