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Soccer Glossary of Terms

Understanding common terms used to talk about soccer can be a good first step toward mastering this deceptively simple game.

  • Advantage Rule: A rule that allows play to continue after a foul if stopping play would benefit the team that committed the foul
  • Assist: A pass that leads to a goal
  • Bicycle Kick: When a player kicks the ball backward over their head before falling onto their back
  • Charging: Bumping into another player's shoulder to throw them off balance
  • Clean Sheet: A shutout, when a team holds their opponent scoreless
  • Corner Kick: A kick awarded to the attacking team when the defending team sends the ball out of bounds at their end of the field
  • Cross: A pass that sends the ball across the field
  • Direct Free Kick: A free kick from which the kicking player can score a goal
  • Dribbling: Moving the ball forward using small kicks with both feet
  • Drop Ball: When the referee puts the ball into play by dropping it onto the ground between the two teams. A drop ball is used to restart play after the game is stopped because of something other than a penalty.
  • Extra Time: Overtime, an extra period of play to decide the winner of a tied game
  • Foul: A violation of the rules
  • Goalkeeper: The person who defends the goal to keep their opponents from scoring. The goalkeeper is the only player who can play the ball with their hands.
  • Hat Trick: When a player scores three goals in one game
  • Header: Hitting the ball with the player's head
  • High Kick: A foul that happens when a player swings their foot above the waist of another player
  • Holding: A foul that happens when a player uses their hands or arms to obstruct another player's movement
  • Indirect Free Kick: A free kick from which a goal can't be scored unless another player on the kicker's team touches the ball
  • Injury Time: Extra time added to the game to make up for time lost when players are injured or substituted
  • Kickoff: When one player kicks the ball to start each half of the game and to restart play after a goal
  • Nutmeg: A dribble or pass through an opponent's legs
  • Offside: A rule limiting the ability of attacking players to receive the ball near the opponent's goal, so that players don't just stand near the goal waiting for a pass
  • Penalty Area: A rectangular area in front of the goal line, inside of which goalkeepers can use their hands
  • Penalty Kick: A kick awarded to the attacking team after a defender commits a major foul
  • Red Card: A penalty call that removes a player from the game and forces their team to play shorthanded for the rest of the game
  • Referee: The official who enforces the rules during a soccer game
  • Slide Tackle: An attempt to take the ball from another player by sliding feet first into the ball
  • Substitution: The act of replacing a player with a different player during a game
  • Tackle: A move that takes the ball away from another player
  • Throw-In: How the ball is returned to play after it goes out of bounds on the side of the field
  • Yellow Card: A warning given to a player for dangerous or unsporting conduct
  • Volley: Hitting the ball while it's in the air
  • Wall: A formation of defensive players aiming to block a free kick
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