Canada’s Offside Goal To Win Against France

It was a bad call. The French apparently are simply being good sports.

Congratulations Canada, in spite of the bad call, and my condolences to France, who outplayed Canada, only to lose to a bad call.

When Kyle first ran into the box, she drew a defender back with her, she ran straight toward the goalie who was coming out of the goalie box. (conditions 1 & 2 satisfied). The referee was not looking. She maintained her position in the goalie’s box, even when the goalie and everyone else had moved farther out from the goal line. To say that having a defender standing in the crease is not an advantage, nor interfering, is ridiculous.

Bad calls are part of the game. This was just a particularly unfortunate one, the referee simply was looking the other direction for the four quick seconds when it happened.

From 4 to 6 seconds in the video, the referee can be seen on the left side of the screen, turning and running toward the far corner while Canada’s Kyle runs into the goalie box.

Here is FIFA rule 11 on offsides.

The people who are defending this as a legitimate goal are arguing that a penalty doesn’t apply because of the three criteria whether the player in the offside position affected the active play. We’re not talking about someone who was on the far right wing. we’re talking about someone who was closest to the opponent’s goalie, and opponent’s goal at the time of the score.

A diagram.

“If an attacking player remains stationary between the goalposts and inside the goal net as the ball enters the goal, a goal must be awarded.”


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