rule is one in soccer
that benefits the defender, and is a tool in the soccer defender
. It is usually slanted heavily in the defense's advantage
There are more than one disadvantage
to offsides for the defensemen
, but these make sense:
- There is no offsides on a corner kick. This, of course, makes some sense, since a corner kick is a strange circumstance, where the entire teams squeeze themselves in to a small spot. All bets here are off.
- Offsides is not called if the person gets the ball by starting on one side of a defender, and running past him to get the ball. This is just hard work, and defeating the defender.
The Offsides rule in soccer is meant to keep the final shot to a one on one match-up between the attacker and the defender (usually the goalie). It is very hard to teach this rule to most new soccer players as it involves a good eye on the field, and a good deal of almost trickery to get two people to run past you. My brother, a referee hates this call since it is almost an opinion of the referee as to where is too far, and what constitutes a threatening move
by the offense
There is also an Offsides rule in American football
. Offsides is when either the offense
or the defense
is over the line of scrimmage
before the snap is called. This carries a five-yard penalty
, and replay of the down
*unless the defensive offsides would give a first down to the offense. In this case the first down is awarded.