How to explain the offside rule to women

Hadn't seen this helpful explanation until someone pointed it out recently.  Thought it was worth posting for all you football fans who have ever been in the position of having to talk a lady through the offside rule.  Here's what to say to her;

You're in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have.

The female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire. Both of you have forgotten your purses.

It would be rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes.
The shop assistant remains at the till waiting.

Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma.
She prepares to throw her purse to you.

If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes.

At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and "whilst it is in flight" you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes.

But, you must always remember that until the purse has "actually been thrown", it would be plain wrong for you to be in front of the other shopper and you would be offside.

If that's too complicated to explain, try this diagram.


  1. Wow, offside explained to a woman's point of view! Amazing yet hilarious. Now I bet this explanation will give clear understanding that offside rules are used almost in our everyday life. Now I imagine explaining this to my girl. But I bet after I explained this to her, I just hope she would now join me in watching soccer.

  2. Thanks kamasutra hindi, that is exactly the kind of insightful, quality comment that we are hoping to encourage on this blog!