Week # 2 March 11-13

This week was highlighted by some fantastic decisions where the benefit of the doubt was given to the attack.   At first glance these situations appear to be obvious offside, but video replay prove that the assistant referees where correct to keep the flag down. This takes concentration and courage. 

Mike Rottersman correctly keeps the flag down on this extremely tight offside.

Also, we had another incident of an attacker placing himself in an offside position behind a defensive wall on a free kick.  Again, communication with the referee is crucial to avoid potential controversy.

In this case, on any type of shot on goal, offside would need to be given. Since we have a cross away from the offside attacker his position (action) did not affect an opponent.

The only time an assistant referee ever needs to put up the flag quickly is when there is a potential for a collision with a defender or goalkeeper.   Even though this play happened in Week #1 it is just too good to overlook.  Check out the sublime “wait and see” decision by Peter Manikowski that leads to a goal.   

Peter Manikowski uses the "wait and see" technique to correctly read this offside situation leading to a goal

Finally, you decide, was the referee crew correct in calling offside and taking away an obvious goal scoring opportunity  (OGSO) from the Chicago Fire in additional time.  Was it a deliberate play or a deflection?   Vote for your choice.

Is the NYFC defender's action a deliberate play or a deflection?
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