As prize doughnut, sexist numpy Andy Gray says farewell to a £1.7 million per annum contract with SkySparts (SIC) and twenty years of glottle stopped prattle (and nae sub-titles) here is the much talked about, but seldom seen Offside Rule in full. Its a shame Gray was born in Glasgow, his behaviour is more associated with the back end of Edinburgh. Its appropriate th\at Gray was sacked on Burns Night. Robbie Burns made all sorts of sexist remarks but they were done with panache ..... ( it's a cake, Andy!)
11. Offside. The offside rule is designed to stop players hanging around the goal of their opponents, waiting for a long ball to come to them. A player is given offside if the ball is passed to him while he is nearer to the goal than the ball and the second-last defender.
Note that players are allowed to sit on the goal line if they want, but the ball cannot come to them without offside being called by the referee. An ‘offside trap’ is when defenders deliberately move up the field to leave a forward player In a position where he cannot take the ball without being called offside.
It is not an offside offence if the ball comes to a player from a throw-in, a goal kick or a corner kick.
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