The British Have Released The Most Condescending Coin Ever, And It’s About Soccer

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

The offside rule is a funny thing. And by funny, we mean relatively to explain and yet people act like it’s translating ancient Greek. While drunk. In that spirit, the British have released a 50p coin that explains the basic tenets of the law as part of an Olympic commemorative set.

Law 11 in the official Laws Of The Game is one of the shortest rules in the book:

Offside Position: It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position.  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 player is not in an offside position if:

• he is in his own half of the field of play or

• he is level with the second last opponent or• he is level with the last two opponents

Offence: A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:

• interfering with play or

• interfering with an opponent or

• gaining an advantage by being in that position

No Offence: There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:

• a goal kick

• a throw-in

• a corner kick

Simple. (I’d still like one of those coins, though.)

Full Story: Daily Mail

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