Definition of off the ball in English:

off the ball

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adjective & adverb

Soccer
  • Not in contact with or playing the ball.
    More example sentences
    • He could easily have been sent off for his crude off-the-ball lunge.
    • The presentation dwelt on coaching aspects such as receiving the ball, off-the-ball running and strategies.
    • He was given a straight red card following an off-the-ball offence.

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