29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 12: Football

The football 50p was designed by Neil Wolfson.

Neil Wolfson is a production journalist living in London. He designed his coin in the hope that it would encapsulate football in one simple image.

As the offside rule is a perennial talking point, the image is designed to provoke discussion…and it certainly did that!

The coin is on its way to becoming a modern design classic, and it has made thousands of people aware of the offside rule. Of course, trying to clear up something so monumentally misunderstood wasn’t universally appreciated!

Neil was invited onto BBC News to talk about his design, it was featured worldwide in blogs and in tweets, and it continues to be the biggest selling of the London 2012 50ps!

1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet?

No, but then I usually tell people to keep the change.

2) Have you heard what the British team think about it?

I met Rachel Yankey, who seemed to like it. All being well she’ll play for Team GB this summer.

3) What are you looking forward to in 2012?

The Olympics. Particularly track & field. As Michael Johnson says, it’s all about the winter training and the speed endurance. I’m also looking forward to the Olympics football, Euro 2012, the Paralympics and the Jubilee weekend.

You can follow what Neil’s been up to since designing the coin by following @NeilWolfson on Twitter.

If you would like to get your hands on one of the famous ‘Offside’ 50p coins, keep checking your change or visit The Royal Mint website to buy one today!

Buy the Offside 50p from the Royal Mint website

About Team GB

Spread across six major grounds around the UK, the London 2012 Olympic Games Football competition promises plenty of excitement. The final announcement of a team has not happened yet…but we eagerly await news of its formation. There is no doubt that the Summer’s football activities will be hugely popular!


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