Soccer Offside Call


I found your address on a soccer web page.

I would like some help on the offside call.

If Player "A" kicks the ball and teammate Player "B" is onside at the time of the kick and the ball is held up in the air by the wind get to the ball before the defense but is waiting for the ball is player "B" offside?


Coach Keith

Hi Keith,

If a player is "onside" at the instant the ball is kicked, then he is NOT offside. His position at the instant the ball is kicked is what matters in your example.

However, he can actually even be in an "offside position" and still isn't offside if he is out of the play (example way over near the sideline away from the ball).

David SoccerHelp