#18 – The Offside Rule Explained

Arguably the most difficult and most argued about call in all of soccer, the offside rule has given plenty of sideline enthusiasts, coaches, players, and referees alike a lot to talk about. In this episode, I will break down the four conditions that must be satisfied to result in an offside foul, give you the one timing component that makes all the difference, and share the difference between being in an offside position and drawing an offside foul.

As much as I'd like to say that after listening to this, you will be an expert at spotting offside fouls, I can't. It will still be confusing and it will still be dependent upon variables - including the referee's perspective and opinion - that will be impossible to get right every time. At least you'll know why this call is so hard, and can explain it to your fellow enthusiasts when it becomes a point of contention.

Quick Reference Links:

[01:26] The most difficult call to make

[02:05] Rule #1 – When the Ball Is Kicked

[03:30] The Last Line of Defense

[04:00] Being in an offsides position without committing a foul

[04:28] Condition #1: The opponent's half of the field

[05:06] Condition #2: Nearer the opponent's goal than the ball

[05:40] Condition #3: Nearer the opponent's goal than the second to last opponent

[06:29] Condition #4: Participating in the Active Area of Play

[07:16] Scenario example 1- simple scenario

[08:42] Scenario example 2 – added complexity

[09:42] How can a player participate in the active area of play?

[10:09] Not even touching the ball and drawing a foul anyway

[11:13] Summarizing

[11:57] Just having some fun with an even more complicated scenario

[13:36] Want to argue with the referee?


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Soccer Dad, Coach, and Club President who is devoted to developing kids and their families. With a diverse background in leadership in other settings, David is focused on empowering parents, players, and coaches to focus on the stuff that really matters in youth sports.