Offside in soccer: explaining the World Cup's most infuriating rule.

One Video to Clear Up Your World Cup Offside Confusion for Good

One Video to Clear Up Your World Cup Offside Confusion for Good

The Spot
Slate's soccer blog.
June 20 2014 7:06 PM

One Video to Clear Up Your Soccer Offside Confusion for Good

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Ah yes, offside. The rule that leaves casual soccer fans perplexed and Mexico fans furious. While confusing and at times frustrating, understanding offside is a necessary evil if you plan on letting the World Cup hysteria fully take hold over the next couple of weeks.

The video above should go a long way in making that happen: It's everything you need to know about offside—the who, what, where, why, when—in just two minutes.

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A.J. McCarthy is a speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and a former Slate writer and producer.

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