off·​side | \ ˈȯf-ˈsīd How to pronounce offside (audio) \

Definition of offside

: illegally in advance of the ball or puck

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Calling offside, where the movement of an advancing player is governed by a series of complicated rules, requires eyes to see in two directions at once. Laurent Dubois, WSJ, "Soccer Without the Melodrama? No Thank You," 16 Mar. 2018 Seminole had a goal overturned midway through the opening half when Alce was called offside after crashing the goal box. J.c. Carnahan,, "Seminole topples Spruce Creek in battle of boys soccer unbeatens," 9 Jan. 2018 Georginio Wijnaldum hit the side netting from distance, Salah curled a free-kick just wide, while Danny Ings volleyed in from a tight angle only for the assistant referee to flag him offside. Timothy Abraham,, "Stoke hold Liverpool to scoreless draw at Anfield," 28 Apr. 2018 But replays showed Martínez wasn’t offside, having been kept onside by Haris Medunjanin far from the play. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Union's 3-1 loss at Atlanta United marred by red cards to Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin," 2 June 2018 Instead, the Galaxy scored late in the first half to go up by two after several Sounders slowed down – wrongly thinking the play would be whistled offside. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders alone will define what their post-record winning streak legacy will be," 25 Sep. 2018 The goal was initially ruled offside, but a VAR check had the decision reversed, with replays showing that the striker was indeed onside., "Spain 2-2 Morocco: Late Drama Sees La Roja Top Group B After Falling Behind Twice," 25 June 2018 Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic's bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside. Anne M. Peterson,, "Serbia defeat Costa Rica on Kolarov free kick goal," 17 June 2018 The Iranian side had an equaliser ruled out by VAR, as the goalscorer was deemed to be offside after the players had already celebrated the goal., "Spain Striker Diego Costa Angry at Criticisms Over His Physical Style of Play Against Iran," 21 June 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of offside

sports : in a position in a game (such as football or hockey) on the opponent's part of the field where you are not allowed to be : not onside
British : on the right side

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