Mallorca player Gonzalo Castro made a less than average cross during a Copa Del Rey match, but it was his persistence which made up for it.  Following the cross Gonzalo took a tumble out of bounds, of which Real Sociedad goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai obviously did not see.   Gonzalo sneakily came from out of bounds, stole the ball from the keeper and scored an easy goal.

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video via ESPN

  • Isn’t that off sides?

    • jickeal mackson

      off sides? the ball wasnt passed to him by his teammate.

    • PoorGoalie

      I was thinking the same thing. But someone explained that its not offside unless a player from your own team passes you the ball. You’re allowed to go anywhere and come from anywhere to try to steal the ball from an opponent. It was pretty shady but legal.

    • yo

      That is the question I have. He would be offsides since he is past the last defender.

  • Carlos

    Since the goalie had possession, its not off sides.

  • CleartheBall

    No, the ball must be passed to him by a member of his own team to be offside. If the other team passes him the ball, he’s always onside.

  • Stupid Rule

    Off sides is a stupid rule anyways. If you let an offensive player get behind you, you deserve to get scored on.

    Can you imagine a touchdown pass being called back because the WR was past the safety when the QB released the ball?

    Like i said, it’s a stupid rule. Please explain why it is a good rule if you have a good knowledge of the sport. I’ll admit my knowledge is not vast.

    • Nachoman

      Not vast at all. If there were no offsides rule, you would have players hanging around the goal cherry-picking all day long. The game would be completely changed. It may not be understood by the average American sports fan, but the offsides rule is absolutely necessary in soccer.

      • Mark

        An offside rule is absolutely necessary, but I have to agree that I don’t like the way teams can play it – some become very good at just having defenders exit the zone when it looks like there might be a dangerous situation. A hockey-style offside might be interesting…a specific line you can’t cross until the ball is delivered, regardless of the location of the defense…but I hesitate to think there should be any major rules changes for a sport that’s worked pretty well for over a century.

    • Really

      The same reason you can’t have your wide receiver stand in the endzone before the ball is snapped. It would give an unfair advantage to the offense.

      • itsallgood

        your an ass. that makes no sense.

  • soccer is gay

    Soccer is gay. offsides is gay. If there will be people hanging around the goal when the other team has the ball then that team is gonna be shorthanded.

    Other analogy is also wrong. If the dude is hanging out in the end zone when the ball is snapped then have a defender there to guard him u twit.

    Gawd, soccer is gay. Almost as gay as that lsu-bama game the other nite.

  • soccer ref

    Cherry picking in soccer is allowed to an extent, the player in “offsides position ” is allowed to remain in offside position as long as they do not recieve the ball from a teamate or create an unfair advantage to the attacking team ie: screening the goalie. In this case the player is not in offside position as his team does not own the ball, he stole the ball from the opposing team very legal play goalie should know the whereabouts of the opposing players

    • What I have never liked about the offside rule is that the defender can slow down the offense by, slowing down before the ball is kicked downfield, this forces the offense to slow down or be offside.

      There should be a rule that 3 consecutive forward passes, and there can be no offsides on the fourth pass no matter what, that would make the game more exciting and disciplined as well.

  • Was watching the game live….4 goals in 6 miniutes including this blooper,fantastic first half!!!

  • DCS (another soccer ref)

    Offside position
    It is not an offense in itself to be in an offside position.

    A player is in an offside position if:
    • he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent

    A player is not in an offside position if:
    • he is in his own half of the field of play or
    • he is level with the second-last opponent or
    • he is level with the last two opponents


    A player in an offside position is only penalized if, at the moment the ** ball touches or is played by one of his team**, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:
    • interfering with play or
    • interfering with an opponent or
    • gaining an advantage by being in that position

    No offense
    There is no offside offense if a player receives the ball directly from:
    • a goal kick
    • a throw-in
    •a corner kick

    Infringements and sanctions

    In the event of an offside offense, the referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred (see Law 13 – Position of free kick).


    Note the phrase highlighted by the asterisks: “. . .ball touches or is played by one of his team . . .”

    In the situation in the video, Castro was clearly in an offside position — there is no debate there. He is not penalized for being in an offside position because the last player to touch the ball before he stole it was the OPPOSING GOALKEEPER. You can never be penalized for offsides when the opposing team has possession of the ball, no matter where you are on the pitch.

    As @soccerref above states, absolutely legal. The keeper should have been aware of where Castro was on the pitch. Keeper blew it, plain and simple. Goal is allowed.

    • Frank

      Castro cannot be in an offside position anyway if he is off of the pitch.

  • zack

    The ball was passed to him by the opponent player( goalie) so it is not offside play.

  • G. Greeby

    This is one I have issues with, the player left the pitch and stayed out for a rather long time, longer than nessesary as the defender he was with is seen passing the keeper heading up field, so as far as I am concerned this goal should have come with a warning or yellow card for “undue trickery” which I feel it was.