In a bid to try and explain the most controversial rule in the game of football, the offside, a new 50 pence coin has been issued as part of a Royal Mint collection intended to showcase each of the 29 Olympic and Paralympic sports which will be part of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The offside rule is by far the most obscure rule in the game of football and anyone who has had the bad luck of experiencing a goal being disallowed because of it during a world cup game will know how hard it is to explain it to newcomers to the game.
This rule is so complicated that it has often been used as the final proof of the difference between the sexes, with the more sexist men believing it to be simply incomprehensible to women.
What it does demonstrate, instead, is that you need to be really involved with the game to want to spend any time trying to understand a rule which is subject to so many exceptions and which, ultimately, is often dependent on the interpretation of the referee.
After having researched the internet for ways of explaining the offside rule I have decided against even attempting for fear of boring the reader to death.
The Urbanbite suggestion if someone ever asks you to try and explain it to them is to simply give them the new 50p coin which may be viewed by clicking on www.royalmint.com/olympicgames/sportscollection/LUK50FTB_50P.aspx and enjoy looking at their puzzled faces as they try to make any sense of it.
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