Offside Stats


The World Cup 2018 is only a few weeks away now and preparations at GoWin HQ are already under way. The World Cup 2018 will not only be a highlight of the summer for many football fans, but it also brings with it ample betting opportunities, so that you can cash in whilst you watch!

As part of our preparations for what looks set to be a very exciting tournament, we’ve put together our Ultimate World Cup 2018 Guide, which should give you all the information you need to know about the competition. We’ve included facts on all the key players and information about all the most popular betting markets, as well as tips and tricks to make the most of the World Cup 2018.

The offside rule is one of football’s most famous and fundamental principles, yet it still manages to cause controversy in almost all major football tournaments. It’s also deemed one of the most confusing rules of football, so why not get to grips with it ahead of the world cup? In this article, we’ll be looking at what exactly the offside rule dictates, and how you can place a wager on offside statistics in the World Cup 2018.

What is the Offside Rule?

Simply put, a player is deemed to be ‘offside’ when he goes behind the line of opposing defenders before the ball has been kicked to him. This only occurs when the player is in the opponents half of the pitch, and when the attacking player is closer to the goal line than the last defender (aside from the goalkeeper).

Being in the offside position by itself, however, is not an offence. It becomes an offence when the player in the offside position plays or attempts to play, the ball.

The Biggest Offside Offenders

Although the players in this year’s world cup will be trying their hardest to not be deemed ‘offside’ at any point, it’s much easier said than done, and even world-class players will fall liable to this offence throughout the tournament.

Many UK bookmakers, therefore, will be offering several offside odds throughout the World Cup 2018. With still a few weeks to go until the tournament gets underway, however, the only way we can predict which players are most likely to rack up some offside offences is to look at their history.

In the table below, we’ve compiled a list of the international players most likely to go offside in the World Cup 2018. We’ve looked at how many times they’ve been disciplined for being offside in their league teams this season to get these results.

Player Country Offside Offences In 2017-18 Club Season
Luis Suarez Uruguay 56
Jamie Vardy England 45
Harry Kane England 42
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 40
Timo Werner Germany 37

How to Make an Offside Odds Bet World Cup 2018

Although currently there are not many UK bookmakers offering offside odds on players or countries, this will all be set to change once the group stages get underway. ‘Next player to be offside’ or ‘next team to be offside’ are very popular in-play betting markets, which are only accessible after kick-off.