plan BEach day during the 2014 World Cup the languagecaster team explains a key word or phrase for learners of English in our World Cup Language posts. Today, we focus on the phrase ‘flagged for offside‘. Why not try our World Cup Word Quiz, too, to see how well you know your football language!

World Cup Phrase – Flagged for offside

In order for the referee to see if a player is offside or not during a game the assistant referee raises his or her flag to attract the referee’s attention. So if a player has strayed offside or been caught offside we can say that he or she has been flagged offside or flagged for offside.

  • Example: The Netherlands were flagged for offside 12 times during their quarter-final match against Costa Rica
  • Example: The referee’s assistant flagged for offside and so the goal was disallowed

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