Definition of offside in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (of a player in some sports) occupying a position on the field where playing the ball or puck is not allowed, especially (in soccer) in the attacking half ahead of the ball and having fewer than two defenders nearer the goal line at the moment the ball is played.

    [as adverb] ‘the attacker looked offside by several yards’
    figurative ‘his radicalism caught him offside with the law’
    • ‘As coach, he dragged players who ignored his leads, even if they were kicking goals, and put many players offside.’
    • ‘Manager's and supporter's say nothing when their team score's an offside goal or a dodgy penalty and when one of their player's get away with cheating they never see it.’
    • ‘Robinson added the extra two and a further penalty when the visitors strayed offside.’
    • ‘Canham looked at least a couple of yards offside as he collected the ball on the edge of the Morecambe penalty area.’
    • ‘I thought both times they had players offside and the officials felt the same.’
    • ‘His long-range shot flew in off a post but the linesman saw a player standing in an offside position.’
    • ‘A fraction later the ball is headed down for Owen, but he's flagged offside.’
    • ‘In the opening game, Diouf was a magnificent player who seemed unfortunate to get caught offside a lot.’
    • ‘Great footie players are deft at faking their way offsides without getting caught.’
    • ‘Running on to it with only Carroll to beat, Gimenez is penalised for being offside.’
    • ‘Both teams were guilty of playing the game at least a couple of yards offside and handling the ball on the floor at almost every breakdown.’
    • ‘They managed it by surviving the first scrum and forcing their opponents offside, allowing O'Gara to kick them ahead from short range.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, Drogheda continued in confident mood in the second half, when a well organised defence constantly caught the home players offside.’
    • ‘I could see that Ashley Cole was trying to get back so I knew I wasn't offside and suddenly I had one of those shots where you just get your head down and hit it.’
    • ‘After 34 minutes Selby were caught offside in front of the posts.’
    • ‘Then referee Presley deemed Smith offside a yard from his own corner with the ball heading the other way - a decision which was harsh at best.’
    • ‘Italy get a free-kick wide on the left, from which De Rossi deliberately stands five yards offside.’
    • ‘The visitors clearly felt that the Trojans' player was in an offside position and they continued their protests long after the final whistle.’
    • ‘Coe sneaking back from an offside position was allowed to play the ball and lob it over Bainbridge into the goal.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for the home side both Howey and Dunne, and a least two others, were yards offside.’


  • 1The fact or an instance of being offside in soccer, rugby, etc.

    ‘the goal was disallowed for offside’
    • ‘He often used the players and officials in his hockey game to show how plays are set up, what hand signals are used when describing penalties, or how to tell an offside.’
    • ‘Wimbledon were able to reduce the lead with a second penalty from Wilde after a Gosport offside from their centres.’
    • ‘Drogba has a goal - very similar to Terry's, but from a free-kick on the other side - disallowed for offside.’
    • ‘Hawks seemed to have won the battle of wills when they were awarded the scrum for an accidental offside.’
    • ‘Earlier, Danny Masumba's goal that would have made Celtic take the lead in the first half was disallowed in the 44 minute with the referee signaling it was an offside.’
    • ‘Ashton had a try under the posts disallowed for offside after he raced onto an Adam Mitchell kick through.’
    • ‘Clove Lloyd looked helpless, when despite having 7 fielders on the offside, Vishy was still able to play his royal square-cut.’
    • ‘And Dean Windass, who had a goal scrubbed out by a marginal offside, is also on the banned list after collecting his fifth booking.’
    • ‘It was chalked off for a marginal offside although that didn't stop him playing up to the away fans beside the goal with a celebration dance.’
    • ‘Sutcliffe was desperately unlucky to see a further effort disallowed for offside on the intervention of the touch judge but West's were looking dangerous at only’
    • ‘Cardiff's first points came in the 22nd minute when promising young centre, Lee Thomas, punished a Glasgow offside with a penalty.’
    • ‘This was followed by a stand of 77 between Wayne Phillips and Ritchie before Phillips tried to crash the ball through the offside.’
    • ‘They'd start shouting for offsides or a penalty claim.’
    • ‘In addition to a timeout, they were flagged for offside and somehow appeared surprised when the Colts went to quick snaps or semi-hurry-up calls.’
    • ‘When Halifax were penalised again for offside he didn't let a second attempt through his grasp, kicking the goal with ease.’
    • ‘This sluggish play up front was emphasised by the large number of unnecessary offsides given.’
    • ‘Helder Postiga has a header rightly disallowed for offside, but for a horrible split-second it looked like it was a good goal.’
    • ‘Threats to sue the Football League and create a new competition with no offsides or draws were just farcical.’
    • ‘After 15 minutes the unwieldy but effective Adam Pilling outwitted the Worcester goalkeeper, only to have his effort ruled out for offside.’
    • ‘Nelson, like the rest of his Shakers team-mates, was seething at the decision to chalk off his late header because of a debatable offside.’
  • 2British The side of a vehicle furthest from the kerb (in Britain, the right)

    [as modifier] ‘the rear offside wheel’
    See also omitted unresolving XREF to "off side" at off
    Compare with nearside
    • ‘He had been driving along the A350 towards Melksham when his car collided with the offside of a yellow goods vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘The black paintwork of this car was in very good condition, the only marks being a small scuff on the rear bumper plus a slight dent on the off side rear wheel arch.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Ray and the woman grabbed their bags and raced along the offside of the train towards the right carriage.’
    • ‘The car collided with the front offside of the lorry after crossing the centre of the road, possibly to overtake.’
    • ‘When the vehicle came to a stop they saw the front off side wheel was at ninety degrees to the other.’
    • ‘The two men died instantly as the offside of their car collided with the trailer before finally coming to rest more than 440 yards further down the road.’
    1. 2.1The right side of a horse.
      • ‘He guided the horse around and took a closer look at the off side of his mount.’
      • ‘If the ball is at the middle of the horse, hitting on the off side, your left shoulder needs to be brought toward the ball, allowing your shoulder, elbow or wrist to drop over it.’