Legend has it, Higuain is still celebrating
The offside rule is possibly one of the most difficult to understand and controversial rules in football. It has made a lot of footballers look embarrassed following their wild goal celebrations. Gonzalo Higuain was guilty of celebrating in the world cup final 2014. But the offside flag had gone up which ruled out the goal. The trolls are still to this day floating on the internet.
In this article, we explain the offside rule both as per the rule book and with some humour.
Offside: A funny explanation
You’re in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have.
The male shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire. Both of you have forgotten your purses. It would be rude to push in front of the first man if you had no money to pay for the shoes.
The shop assistant remains at the till waiting. Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma.
He prepares to throw her purse to you. If he does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes!
At a pinch he could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and “whilst it is in flight” you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes! But, you must always remember that until the purse has “actually been thrown”, it would be plain wrong for you to be in front of the other shopper and you would be OFFSIDE!
The rulebook explanation
According to the FIFA rulebook, a player is in an offside position if:
– He is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent.
– A violation will occur when he is in an offside position (previous bullet point) at the same time the ball is being passed forward to him.
A player is NOT in an offside position if:
– He is in his own half of the field of play.
– No part of the attacking player (head, body, or feet) is closer to the opponents goal than the final defender (not including the goalkeeper) .
– He is receiving the ball from a throw-in.
VAR controversies galore
After the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR), new controversies have emerged. VAR has disallowed goals as offside by very close margins that it’s baffling.
For example, VAR disallowed Olivier Giroud’s goal against Manchester United and the margin was the top of his toe. So the next time a striker/winger is looking to score a goal, our advice to them is to check their armpits if they are in an on-side position.