Soccer Players Terms Part 2
These soccer players terms,
lingo and jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define Your Game!
Soccer Terms, part 2 continues for soccer players and fans who
dream about Hat Tricks.
Soccer Players Terms: E
Soccer Players Terms: F
during a goal, penalty, corner or free kick, the other team must be at
least 10 yards away or as stated by the rules.
- End Line:
the line or boundary at either end of
the field where the goals reside
Soccer Players Terms: G
- Far Post:
refers to the goalpost that is furthest from the
this is where the action takes place.
- Flick Header:
lingo for a player who deflects the ball with
- Foot Trap:
player who uses his/her foot to manage the ball.
recognized name for soccer worldwide not to be confused with American
football where different rules and playing methods apply.
term for players assigned field positions.
- Forward Pass:
made towards the challenger's goal.
- Forwards or
Forward Line: also known as strikers or
wingers, these players are in charge of scoring for the team.
rule violation resulting in a free kick.
- Free Kick:
given to a player when a foul penalty is called
against the other team.
- Front Header
or Header: jargon for a player who uses
his/her head to control the ball
- Front Tackle:
defender who tries to move the ball away from
a challenger by a head-on approach.
Soccer Players Terms: H
or Wall pass: strategic 3-step move where a player passes
to a teammate
then runs to the open awaiting the return of the ball.
a double meaning in soccer. It can refer to the apparatus
consisting of one bar going across with two supporting poles and a net
attached where each team attempts to put the ball to score.
can also mean the act of kicking the ball into the goal.
- Goal Area:
measuring 20 X 6 ft deep located in front of
each goal at either end of the field.
or Goalie: one of the most important players of the team,
use the hands when the ball is in play and wears a distinctive jersey
- Goal Kick:
occurs when the ball is kicked away from the
- Goal Line:
area of the goal where the ball is required to
completely cross to score.
refers to the front area of the goal.
- Goal Posts:
support the crossbar and each measure 24 ft
across and 8 ft high.
- Golden Goal:
lingo for the goal that wins and completes the
Soccer Players Terms: I
lingo for the kicking a challenger's legs—could be
- Halftime: intermission
slotted between 2 periods/halves of
- Halfway Line:
the line dividing the field in half.
or Handling: the act of touching the ball in
play with your
hands. This infraction results in loss of possession and is a
- Hat Trick:
jargon for 3+ goals by a single player in a
single game—tip of the hat for this admirable achievement.
the act of restraining an opponent
Soccer Players Terms: J -
- Impeding or
Obstructing: physically blocking or
obstructing and opponent during play.
- Indirect Free
Kick: kick requiring the touch of
another player for a goal to be scored.
- In play:
occurs when ball is within field boundaries and
not stopped by a referee call.
- Injury Time:
amount of time added to a period of play
because of injuries/stalling by a team as determined by the referee.
- Instep Drive:
refers to a precise and strong shot made from
the instep of a soccer player's foot.
Soccer Players Terms: L
action to play for time when an opposing ball carrier is near the goal
in order to allow teammates to assist with the tackle.
lingo for controlling the ball in the air using a player's body parts
other than the hands/arms. When done skillfully, it's an entertaining
sight to see.
occurs at the game start or re-start where a
player passes to a teammate from the center.
from the Mark: another name for a shootout at
the end of a
game where a winner must be determined. These are a series of
penalty kicks taken by each team. The suspense mounts for both players
Soccer Players Terms: M
- Lead Pass:
strategic calculation whereby a forward pass
reaches a teammate correctly, so that he/she can continue the drive.
game officials who monitor the side and goal
lines, signal with a flag and assist the referee.
- Loft or Lob:
refers to a high-flying kick.
Soccer Players Terms: N
or Marking: refers to a strategy whereby a
defense player marks or covers an opposing forward player.
refers to a soccer game and the action is on to the
delight of both players and fans.
field area close to the midfield line.
- Midfield Line
or Centerline: refers to line that halves the
field area by width.
term for players who play behind the forwards
of a team and connect the offensive/defensive units.
behavior deemed by an official to be inappropriate, unsportsmanlike or
detrimental to the game. Typically results in a yellow or red
card and possible ejection from the contest.
a very skillful player versus an average player
is not a good match.
Soccer Players Terms: O
Team: speaking of skillful players, this is such a group
who play for
their country at international matches like the World Cup.
- Near Post:
refers to the post closest to the ball.
- Net: refers
to either the goal or the material covering the
frame of the goal.
jargon for action of threading or moving the ball
through the space between a player's legs.
Players Terms is followed by terms P – Z
Other Sports Clicks
- Obstruction: action
used by a defender to curtail the play
of an offensive
team unit whose objective is to score goals.
Game Clock: used by the referee to monitor when each
period ends. It
should be noted that the clock does not stop during game play.
includes 2 linesman and referee who monitor the
score/time and call fouls according to the rules of the game.
- Offside Line:
the limit to which a defender can
proceed without the ball while not being penalized.
Position: refers to an attacker in position in order that
fewer than 2
opposing defensive players are between him/her and the goal being
- On Defense:
refers to the team players who do not have the
- On Offense:
alternatively, refers to the team players who
do have the ball.
term for attacker who is not covered or marked by an
opposing player. There is an advantage here—go fer it!
- Out of Bounds
or Out of Play: refers to soccer ball that
has moved outside the official boundaries of the playing field.
- Outlet Passes:
this action that begins a counterattack,
occurs when the ball is moved towards the opposing team's goal.
occurs when a forward moves from the sideline to center field in order
to allow a teammate to advance the ball undefended along the side of
term for additional periods played after a
regular game has been completed in order to break a tie score.
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