on·​side | \ˈȯn-ˈsīd, ˈän-\

Definition of onside 

: not offside : in a position legally to play or receive the ball or puck

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Although the German winger was beyond goalkeeper Loris Karius as the ball bounced back into the goal area and would normally have been in an offside position, the ball had ricocheted to him off James Milner, therefore putting him onside. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Roma, Not Man City, Completes Stunning UCL Comeback, Sends Barcelona Reeling," 10 Apr. 2018 But replays showed Martínez wasn’t offside, having been kept onside by Haris Medunjanin far from the play. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union's 3-1 loss at Atlanta United marred by red cards to Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin," 2 June 2018 Just Short Falcao broke for goal onside and between two defenders, then leapt athletically to get a toe on a pass. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Japan’s World Cup Starts With a Wild Win Over Colombia," 20 June 2018 The move creates a pocket of space between Vela and his two defenders, who have retreated at speed on the right—conveniently rendering Chicharito onside on the left 20 yards away. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Masters of Modern Soccer: Chicharito and the Art of Mexico's Synchronization," 3 May 2018 Footage showed that Matt Calvert’s skate had dragged across the blue line entering the offensive zone, onside and legal, moments before the Columbus winger punched a rebound past goalie Braden Holtby for a 5-4 win and a 2-0 series lead. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Capitals Suffer Another Overtime Loss, This Time a Slow Bleed," 16 Apr. 2018 As per the Sun, in an effort to get the fans back onside, Donald wants to appoint club legend Phillips as the new boss. SI.com, "Club Legend Named as New Owner's First Choice to Replace Chris Coleman at Sunderland," 1 May 2018 Everton have performed at their best with the fans onside, on and off the pitch. SI.com, "FanView: Everton Fan Survey Threatens to Widen the Gap Between Club & Its Home Faithful," 18 Apr. 2018 On Colorado’s second goal, Real kept eventual scorer Dominique Badji onside while watching the action from the flank — and kept watching as Badji scored right in front of him. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union's loss at Rapids set record for youngest defense in MLS history, for better and worse," 2 Apr. 2018

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of onside

sports : in a position in which you are allowed to play or receive the ball or puck : not offside

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