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Soccer Rules:
Offside

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Offside signal by referee


One of the most complicated rules in soccer is the offside rule.

What does it mean to be offside?

You are offside when you are on the opponent's side of the field and you don't have either the ball or two players from the other team between you and the goal. We'll go through some examples below to help make sense of this.

Other things to know: Offside position versus offside offense

One thing to know is that just because you are offside, it doesn't mean you get a penalty. If you are just standing offside, that is generally okay. If you are standing offside and then get involved in the play, then that is an offside offense.

Other things to know: Offside examples:

Offside example 1

The player is offside because only one player (the goalkeeper) is between the player and the goal when the pass is made.

Soccer offside example 2

Here the player is not offside because two players are between him and the goal.

Soccer offside example 3

In this example the player is not offside because there are two players between him and the goal at the time when the ball is kicked for the pass.

Can you ever be legally offside?

Yes, there are a few exceptions:

Why do they have the offside rule?

The idea behind the offside rule is to keep forwards from hanging out by the goalie all the time. This would make scoring a goal much easier. Without the rule there would be lot more scoring, but the game might not be as interesting or challenging.

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