In our game yesterday the following occurred:
• In our defending half, the most advanced opposing team’s attacker, A1, received a ball from one of her teammates in an onside position. She turned and started driving at the center fullback D1, who with the keeper behind her, was one of two defenders behind the ball.
• As A1 was preparing to try to beat D1, D1 attempted a tackle. Both players struck the ball at the same time and both ended up on the ground, A1, having tripped over the ball, was now in a more advanced position (closer to our goal) than D1, but D1 had the ball in front of her.
• A1 was a bit quicker to recover, got up, dispossessed D1 of the ball and started to drive toward the goal.
• The whistle was blown and the refs call off-side on the A1.
• I asked the AR, who had risen his flag to explain this and he said the A1 came from an off-side position to take the ball. I replied, yes but the ball was not played to her from a teammate – she was dribbling, lost possession to D1, and then quickly regained it - he said it didn’t matter. I was chatting with him before the game and he seemed pretty knowledgeable. Also opposing coach didn’t object to a call that in my mind took away a really good scoring chance for them.
Is the AR’s interpretation correct?