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Goals to Gold: Trading the football pitch for the financial markets by Lee Sandford

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Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Offside Rule

The rule

IN FOOTBALL, A player is in an offside position if any part of his body that can legally touch the football is past the second-last defender (the last usually being the goalkeeper) in the opposition’s half of the pitch, at the time that the ball is played to him by a teammate who is behind him on the pitch. He is not committing an offside offence if he:

  1. is not interfering with play,
  2. is not interfering with an opponent,
  3. does not use his offside position as an advantage in any way (for example touching a ball that rebounds off the goal, the keeper or any other opponent), and
  4. is receiving the ball from a throw-in, corner or goal kick.

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