Hope these rulings might be of some guidance.
When off side
A player is off side except when he is in his own in-goal if the ball
touches, is touched, held or kicked, by one of his own team behind him.
Out of Play
An off side player shall not take any part in the game or attempt in any way
to influence the course of the game. He shall not encroach within ten metres
of an opponent who is waiting for the ball and shall Retire ten metres
immediately retire ten metres from any opponent who first secures possession
of the ball.
An off side player is placed onside if:
a.. (a) an opponent moves ten metres or more with the ball.
a.. (b) an opponent touches the ball without retaining it.
a.. (c) one of his own team in possession of the ball runs in front of him.
a.. (d) one of his own team kicks or knocks the ball forward and takes up a
position in front of him in the field of play.
a.. (e) he retires behind the point where the ball was last touched by one
of his own team.
Catcher claiming off side
A player who catches the ball near an off side opponent must not go out of
his way to make interference in play by the offside player unavoidable. He
should proceed with normal play and rely on the Referee to penalise the off
side player if the latter interferes with play. If the catcher deliberately
and unnecessarily runs into the off side player then play should proceed.
Accidental off side Interfering with Catcher
Where the Referee is satisfied that interference with play by an off side
player is accidental he should order a scrum Any off side player who remains
within ten metres of an opponent who is set to catch a kick up field by an
opposing player shall be deemed to be interfering with or attempting to
interfere with the catcher and shall be penalised unless the non-offending
team gains an immediate advantage.
"Out of Play" as opposed to "off side"
Players who are out of play at a play-the-ball (Section 11), a scrum
(Section 12), a kick off or drop-out (Section 8) a penalty kick (Section 13)
or a free kick (Section 13) are not put "on side" in the manner described in
para 3 above. (See appropriate Sections).
Any player who is in front of the kicker in general play is not permitted to
advance beyond the point of the previous play the- ball until the ball has
gone past the off side players. This rule delays the movement of the off
side players downfield in an attempt to encircle the ball receiver as he
collects the ball.
Generally penalties for offside at the play the ball are where the player
should have been standing IE back on the ten meter line. Penalties for
interference at the play the ball are at the where the ball is being played.
>> Heya guys,
>> Just seeing Salford game - I enjoy these league 1 clashes, much slower
>> than super league but competitive nontheless! Well done SKY!
>> Onto the rules can someone clarify for me:-
>> When a team is caught offside - in particular for not giving 10 metres,
>> does the ref give a penality from where the tackle is made, where the
>> attacking team played the ball, or from the 10 metres that the defending
>> team should have been? I never am quite sure, as the penalty seems to be
>> taken from anywhere!
>> If you guys could explain I would be grateful!
>>My understanding was that a penalty is usually taken where the offence is
>>committed although if you take the kicker out after the ball has been
>>hoofed downfield it is usually taken from where the ball lands.