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I am an umpire as well as a player, and I had a situation a few weeks ago that challenged my knowledge. On a centre pass. Referring to the third lines. Do the third lines form part of the centre court or are they part of the goal third. In other words at what point would GA,GD,WA and WD become off side? If their foot/feet were on the line? Same for the Centre, would she be off side if her foot/feet were on the line?
having looked up the international rules all i can find is that all lines are considered part of the court, and that the lines bounding each area, are considered part of that area, so im guessing that for a center pass that the players may have their foot up to the far edge of the transverse line but not over it.
(after asking one of the senior umpires at the courts yesterday i have found that is in fact the case. both the center player and all the players in the goal area waiting for the center pass to be taken may be standing on, but not over, the transverse line.
but i am no umpire. and at the end of the day the umpires decision is final.
i have noticed however that most umpires do not understand the replay rule, and many players get incorrectly penalised for what is a non replayed ball. very frustrating.
As Leanne has stated the lines are part of the area which they bound (Rule 8.2) and therefore are part of both areas of Centre & Goal Third. To be offside a player has to have entered an area in which they are not allowed (Rule 9.1.1) which means going over the line. If you think an Umpire has clearly got it wrong repeatedly, just query it in a friendly manner at the end of the game and they may recheck the rules for themselves you would hope.
Thank you to everyone that has come back to me with an answer to this question. Really appreciate it. I am now clear about this. It was really bugging me because I simply was not sure. THANKS
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