Video Instruction – Deliberate or Deflection

NCAA Soccer Rule 11.3.3 states that a player shall not be declared offside if the player receives the ball from a deliberate play from a defender. Rule states that a “deliberate act is one in which a player chooses to act, regardless of the outcome of that action. This deliberate act is neither a reaction nor reflex. A deliberate action may result in the opponent benefiting from the action.”

Judging whether the defender makes a deliberate play on the ball requires both the referee and the assistant referee to pay close attention and be prepared to make the correct decision. Should the attacker who scored the goal be penalized for offside?


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7 Responses to “Video Instruction – Deliberate or Deflection”

  1. The unqualified term “reaction” in the definition of deflection is problematic. Reaction is defined as “an action performed . . . In response to a sitation or event; a persons ability to respond physically or emotionally to external stimuli. It implies deliberation at some level and it contradicts (I believe) the understanding of the term “Deflection”.

    I suggest, ” Ball contacts the player – No player action”

    • The term used to describe deflection is “instinctive reaction” which does meet the criteria of “reaction” as you’ve defined, but goes further to clarify that the player’s reaction did not include deliberation. Such instinctive reactions include protecting the face, dodging out of the way. This is similar to a key question in judging a handball offense, “did the player have time to deliberately play the ball.”

  2. This is a poor example. It does not illustrate anything new as covered in the current interpretations. This is merely an example of a ball last played by the defense to a player in an offside position. Find a more questionable incident for discussion.

    • It may not cover new interpretations, but it is an excellent example of teamwork required to execute the correct decision. Also, newer referees, without your knowledge base, can certainly benefit from the example.

      • Absolutely. This is a great reference for newer referees (and a good refresher for experienced refs).