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Question:the offside rule in football!!
many have tried to explain, and failed.im not thick, but as a footy fan, I could do with someone explaining it in simple terms so that I can understand.go on..give it try!


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You're in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have. The female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire. Both of you have forgotten your purses. It would be rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes. The shop assistant remains at the till waiting.
Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma. She prepares to throw her purse to you. If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper
and buy the shoes! At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and "whilst it is in flight" you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes! BUT, you must always remember that until the purse has "actually been thrown", it would be plain wrong for you to be in front of the other shopper and you would be OFFSIDE!

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its when they cross the scrimmage line b4 the ball is hiked .....i think

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Red player attacking the goal
Blue player defending that goal
Red player must not be closer to the goal than the blue player when ball is played.
Simple terms..red player must be level or behind the blue player when the ball is played for him to attack on goal and not be offside.
Hope it helps
And im a girl so give me your points coz i know you understand it now.

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give him the points, even I understand it now

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ok, imagine a line going across the width of the field that is level with the last defender (not the goalkeeper.) An offensive player cannot be past this line (going toward the goal he is trying to score in) before a ball is passed to him. After a ball is passed to him he is free to go past the last defender.

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Infraction in which an offensive player does not have at least two defensive players between himself and the goal line when the ball is played forward by a member of the attacking team.

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offside is when the ball is kicked by a player, and two opposite team players are behind him while he does so...the player with the ball needs to be in front b4 he hits the ball....

i think!


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If U pass the ball without a defending player being behind the ball it's Off side!
Errrh I think

Apart from the Goalie that is:-)

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Players A and B are on the same team. Player C is on the opposing team. Let's say A has the ball.

B has to be even or behind C if the ball is kicked to him. If B is closer to the goal than C when the ball is played to him, then he is offsides.

Another way to look at it would be to draw a line from sideline to sideline. If B is across the line when the ball is played to him, but C is not across the line, then B is offsides.

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I'm not a sports person but I believe if you are between the goal and the opposition excluding the goal keeper when the ball is kicked forward by your side that is when you are offside. My thoughts about football is 22 silly buggers kicking a bag of wind and someone else trying to stop them fighting.

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if wolves is orange and west brom is blue,and blue player 1 kicks the ball forward towards orange goal area then blue players have to be behind/ level to orange players (in other words orange players have to be closer to orange goalie when ball is kicked) before ball leaves blue players foot. if ball has not left blue player1 foot and another blue player is closer to orange goalie rather then another orange player then this is offside

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wat u wanna no that for-all football players are offside-they all cross the line lol !! xx

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its when a player kicks the ball forward but he as he as got to be behind the other teams last defender. i hope that will help

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Jude is almost right. In his scenario, with red player attacking, there must be 2 blue players between the red player and the blue goal line when the ball is passed. This is very important because a lot of people tend to judge the off side when the player receives the ball instead (which is wrong).

Some key points:
1. The goalkeeper counts as a player, but doesn't need to be 1 of the 2.
2. The offside rule kicks in when a ball is passed from one player to another. If there's no pass (like in a shot to goal), there's no offside.
3. A player may be in an off side position, but not participating in the play (on the floor, moving back to on-side position, etc.). In this case, there's no off side. This depends a lot on the referees interpretation of the player's position.
4. There's no off side directly after a throw in or corner kick.
5. There's no offside if the ball is passed by a defending player and intercepted by an attacking player (like blue defender passing it to the goalkeeper but intercepted by a red player in offside position).

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It used to be that there had to be at least one defender between you and the goal, not including the goal keeper then the ball was played...it now seems that as long as there is one part of your body which can legally score a goal beyond the last defender (presumably anythng but arms) then that is offside.Unless you happen to be offside when the ball is played, but are returning onside from an offside position or are not in a position to influence play or obstruct the goalkeeper or something like that.

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Well offsides can only occur after the ball has crossed midfield so remmeber that.
Well lets say the defence is standing at mid field but there is one defender behind all the rest of the defenders.
(mid field about 50 yards, lets say this guy is 5 yards behind them)
Then the oposing team has the ball and is comeing up field. and one of the other teams players is running for a pass and he gets behind that last defender BEFORE his teamate "passes the ball". since that was the last guy on defence and that guy is behind him and he gets a pass. he is offsides.

If you are behind the last person on that team past midfield (excludeing the goalie) you are offsides and you cannot recieve the ball and must either get in sync with them or stay infront of them.

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First, I'm assuming you're talking American football, not what we folks call Soccer. The other explanations are for European football, or soccer, (in which case, Enrique B's answer seems best to me so far.) so here goes just in case this got listed in the wrong category. If not, move along, nothing to see here. :)

The rule is slightly different at the high school, college, and pro levels, but as a general rule:

There is a thin "no-man's zone" between the offense (the guys with the ball) and the defense (the other guys). If a defensive player moves and hits an offensive guy before the ball is snapped by the center to the quarterback (the guy holding the ball that makes the minimum salary gives the ball to the guy making as much as the rest of the team combined) it's "off-sides" and a 5 yard penalty (the referee - you know, the guy wearing stripes picks up the ball and moves it 5 yards forward).

Also, if a defensive guy jumps a little early but doesn't hit anybody, it's still off-sides if the center snaps the ball while the defensive guy is in the "no-man's zone"

In a way, the offensive guy can be off-sides too. If he lines up past where the ball is sitting, that's off-sides. Also, if an offensive guy moves - with a few exceptions for backs (the ball carriers) or receivers (the ball catchers) - before the ball is snapped. In this case, it's called "false start".

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it's simple like that any player stand alone in the oppsition area consdire offside..

or we had senn a match end 100/86 because all attacking players will going to stand beside the oppsite goal whit for the long ball and shooooooooooooot

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From a girl to a girl.

If an opposing team player is goal side of the last defender when the ball is played.

Important rules to remember:-
It doesn't count if you're not involved in play
You can not be offside in your own half
It is okay to make a run and obtain the ball in an 'offside position' as long as when the pass was made you were on-side
You can not be offside from a throw in
You are offside if any part of you body with which you are allowed to play the ball is past the last defender when the ball is played.

Hope this makes sense x

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when playing ball forward (attacking), last man should be level with or behind last defender (not goal keeper) when ball is played

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There always has to be a defender closer to the goal than the player receiveing a pass.


Defenders form a defensive line,
If the attacker is beyond this line when the ball is kicked to him he is offside.

Whats important is when the ball is kicked and not when the ball is recieved,so the forward can be onside when the ball is kicked but he can recieve the ball beyond the defensive line and still be ok.

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DWM j2b anwser is the best anwser its makes the most sense without useing to many examples. And he clearly stated that there must be one person on the other team closer to their goal. If a ball is played and the oposing team is closer to the oponents without any oposition. There offside. simple as it is.

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Always used the last defender as the guide. If the opponent striker past the last defender when the ball is passed to him, this is offside.

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