[ UK /ˈɒfsa‍ɪd/ ]
  1. illegally in advance of the ball or puck
  1. illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or ahead of the ball or puck
    the touchdown was nullified because the left tackle was offside
  1. (sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.)
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How To Use offside In A Sentence

  • A cosmetic change to alter the face of the offside rule Talking point.
  • Drogba has a goal - very similar to Terry's, but from a free-kick on the other side - disallowed for offside.
  • His outlook could hardly have been helped by the cancelling of a perfectly good goal just after the quarter-hour, the linesman flagging for offside.
  • Yet another Italian goal was wrongly disallowed for offside. Calcio: A History of Italian Football
  • The first goal came from route one, then there was a dubious penalty and the third one was offside. Times, Sunday Times
  • Had Diego Milito's goal in the first leg been correctly ruled out for being sixty-miles offside, or had Barça's totally valid goal not been shambolically dismissed, then Barcelona would have contested the final in Madrid. How do you like your sour grapes, Señor Xavi Hernández? | Richard Williams
  • They were awarded a penalty for offside 10 yards out and Horne scored his fourth try.
  • Tunisia put the ball in Spain's net, but the whistle had long since gone for offside.
  • It is difficult to lose a game of that stature on two offside goals. Times, Sunday Times
  • Ashton had a try under the posts disallowed for offside after he raced onto an Adam Mitchell kick through.
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