How to keep an eye on the offside and the ball going out of play

I’m a relatively new assistant referee. How do I keep an eye on both the offside line and whether the ball has gone out of play?

3 Answers

Assistant referees must watch for:

  • offside
  • ball going outside the field of play (including going into a goal)
  • fouls that are near you

Watching if the ball goes out of play is more important. Once every 5 seconds, quickly glance to keep up with the second to last defender and quickly note offside players. Right after the ball is kicked or not near a boundary line, you can look for offside. In most cases, it will be clear who is offside. If you are in doubt, keep your flag down.

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