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Goal original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

Goal original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

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To score a goal in football, the ball must cross the opposing team's goal line between the goalposts and under the crossbar, while being touched only by the players on the attacking team. The ball can be kicked, headed, or struck with any other part of the body except for the arms and hands (unless you are the goalkeeper within your own penalty area).

A goal can be scored from anywhere on the pitch, as long as it crosses the goal line completely and was not handled by any player. The goal counts as soon as the whole ball has crossed the line, even if it bounces back out of the goal afterwards.

Scoring a goal is the ultimate objective of the game of football and typically results in a celebration by the goal scorer and his/her teammates.

The offside rule is a fundamental rule in the game of football (soccer) that regulates the positioning of attacking players when a ball is played forward.

The rule states that a player is in an offside position if they are closer to the opponent's goal line than both the ball and the second-last defender (usually the last outfield player, except for the goalkeeper) when the ball is played forward by a teammate.

However, simply being in an offside position is not an offense in itself. The player must also be "actively involved" in play, which can include interfering with an opponent, challenging for the ball, or gaining an advantage from being in that position.

If a player in an offside position is involved in active play when the ball is played forward, the referee will usually blow the whistle and award a free-kick to the opposing team.

Exceptions to the offside rule include when a player receives the ball directly from a goal kick, throw-in or corner kick, or when a player is not in an offside position when the ball is played back to them by a teammate.

The offside rule is designed to prevent attacking players from gaining an unfair advantage by waiting in front of the opponent's goal line to receive a pass, and encourages attacking players to move around the field and create opportunities through their movement and teamwork.

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