off·side | \ˈȯf-ˈsīd \

Definition of offside 

: illegally in advance of the ball or puck

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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 Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic’s bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside., "Aleksandar Kolarov scores from free kick as Serbia tops Costa Rica," 17 June 2018 Cunha disallowed a goal by Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi after an assistant referee and the video assistant signaled the player was offside. Jerome Pugmire,, "France vs. Belgium: What you need to know for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal," 9 July 2018 Aspas' clever flick from a corner was initially adjudged by the assistant referee to have been offside. Patrick Galey,, "Last-gasp Aspas sees Spain draw 2-2 with Morocco," 25 June 2018 The assistant referee put his flag up, signaling Zadorksy was offside. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 2-1 to Houston Dash despite strong performance," 27 June 2018 When an official calls a team for being offside, the other team gets possession of the ball for an indirect free kick, taken from the spot where the offense occurred., "A Guide to the World Cup When You Know Nothing About Soccer," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of offside

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

: on the right side

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