A lot of people new to football (soccer), or just those who have never played, have a big problem with offsides. For those who are unfamiliar with offsides. In order to be offsides a player “must be on their attacking half of the field, be involved in the play, and be closer to the goal line than the ball and any of the opposing team’s players.” It keeps people from camping out.
I played soccer for many years. I understand the need for offsides. I also understand what it is and how it works. You get used to it when you play soccer. You know what to look for and how to avoid it.
Over the past week, I have had several conversations with people who are irked by the concept entirely. Either they don’t know what it is or they’re totally confused as to why it’s called when it’s called. Tobyjoe didn’t quite understand what was happening at first. I explained it. He watched. Now, I think it makes more sense. Some people have compared soccer to basketball, which, I am told, doesn’t have such a rule.
I understand what it is and simply defining it is easy. But I am finding that I can’t articulate offsides to newbies or people who simply haven’t played the sport before. I guess I’m having trouble “selling it”. Some people think it takes the fun out of the game and destroys major breaks. So, I’m asking you, Internet. Help me do this. Help me make sense of offsides.