Definition of offside in English:

offside

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for the home side both Howey and Dunne, and a least two others, were yards offside.’
    • ‘I thought both times they had players offside and the officials felt the same.’
    • ‘In the opening game, Diouf was a magnificent player who seemed unfortunate to get caught offside a lot.’
    • ‘After 34 minutes Selby were caught offside in front of the posts.’
    • ‘Great footie players are deft at faking their way offsides without getting caught.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A fraction later the ball is headed down for Owen, but he's flagged offside.’
    • ‘Coe sneaking back from an offside position was allowed to play the ball and lob it over Bainbridge into the goal.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, Drogheda continued in confident mood in the second half, when a well organised defence constantly caught the home players offside.’
    • ‘Robinson added the extra two and a further penalty when the visitors strayed offside.’
    • ‘As coach, he dragged players who ignored his leads, even if they were kicking goals, and put many players offside.’
    • ‘Running on to it with only Carroll to beat, Gimenez is penalised for being offside.’
    • ‘Italy get a free-kick wide on the left, from which De Rossi deliberately stands five yards offside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His long-range shot flew in off a post but the linesman saw a player standing in an offside position.’
    • ‘The visitors clearly felt that the Trojans' player was in an offside position and they continued their protests long after the final whistle.’
    • ‘Canham looked at least a couple of yards offside as he collected the ball on the edge of the Morecambe penalty area.’

noun

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

    ‘the goal was disallowed for offside’
    • ‘And Dean Windass, who had a goal scrubbed out by a marginal offside, is also on the banned list after collecting his fifth booking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wimbledon were able to reduce the lead with a second penalty from Wilde after a Gosport offside from their centres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drogba has a goal - very similar to Terry's, but from a free-kick on the other side - disallowed for offside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Helder Postiga has a header rightly disallowed for offside, but for a horrible split-second it looked like it was a good goal.’
    • ‘When Halifax were penalised again for offside he didn't let a second attempt through his grasp, kicking the goal with ease.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘This sluggish play up front was emphasised by the large number of unnecessary offsides given.’
    • ‘They'd start shouting for offsides or a penalty claim.’
    • ‘Cardiff's first points came in the 22nd minute when promising young centre, Lee Thomas, punished a Glasgow offside with a penalty.’
    • ‘Clove Lloyd looked helpless, when despite having 7 fielders on the offside, Vishy was still able to play his royal square-cut.’
    • ‘This was followed by a stand of 77 between Wayne Phillips and Ritchie before Phillips tried to crash the ball through the offside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ashton had a try under the posts disallowed for offside after he raced onto an Adam Mitchell kick through.’
    • ‘Hawks seemed to have won the battle of wills when they were awarded the scrum for an accidental 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.’
    • ‘Threats to sue the Football League and create a new competition with no offsides or draws were just farcical.’
  • 2British The side of a vehicle furthest from the kerb (in Britain, the right)

    as modifier ‘the rear offside wheel’
    Compare with nearside
    See also "off side" at off (sense 1 of the noun)
    • ‘The car collided with the front offside of the lorry after crossing the centre of the road, possibly to overtake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Ray and the woman grabbed their bags and raced along the offside of the train towards the right carriage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the vehicle came to a stop they saw the front off side wheel was at ninety degrees to the other.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 The right side of a horse.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He guided the horse around and took a closer look at the off side of his mount.’

Pronunciation

offside

/ɒfˈsʌɪd/