As a newcomer to
soccer football, the offside rule is by far the most confusing rule. Like, ever.
If you're like me, you need a clear visual example. Check out this video here. It's the clearest explanation I've come across thus far.
Biggest takeaway: the offside rule applies to passing. It's technically possible for an insanely fast player to just run a ball in solo and shoot against a goalie with no other defenders inbetween.
Confused? Watch the video.