Soccer Game Terms Part 3

These soccer game terms, lingo and jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define Your Game!
Soccer terms, part 3 completes soccer gamerisms provided for players and fans who fantasize about a successful chip shot.

Soccer Game Terms: P

  • Passing: the term is all about moving the ball towards the challenger's game terms at gamerisms
  • Penalty Area:  the mark around each box that typically measures 18 yards by 44 yards.  The goalkeeper can handle the ball inside this box and any infraction by the opposing team in this area will result in a penalty kick.
  • Penalty Kick: as the result of a foul, the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick that is taken against the offending team's goalie. During the kick, all other players must stand away at least 10 yards. These penalty kicks are often used to decide the winner of the match after a tie score.
  • Penalty Spot:  area on the field 12 yards from each goal.
  • Penetrate: refers to advancing the ball past and behind opposing defenders.
  • Periods: refers to a game segment, usually two periods of 45 minutes each constitutes a completed regulation game.
  • Persistent Infringement:  repetitious foul play, typically resulting in a yellow card.
  • Play on: signal by the referee to continue play as no game stoppage will be called. See Advantage Rule.
  • Playoff: once the regular season ends, this tournament will name a champion. Always exciting play for these soccer games.
  • Points: term for team or player stats as follows: win=2 points, tie=1 point and loss is 0 points. For players, it is goal=2 points and assist=1 point.
  • Possession: you and your team now have the ball.
  • Post: soccer game terms for the goalpost.
  • Professional Foul: usually defender vs. attacker attempting to score, but this foul is not necessarily worth a penalty kick.
  • Pushing:  using the body to physically move another player.
Soccer Game Terms: R
  • Receiver: term for a player who receives a pass from a teammate.
  • Red Card:  the ultimate misconduct during a match whereby an official deems a player's misconduct beyond inappropriate. Or the issuing of a second yellow card.  This results in ejection from the match.
  • Referee:  official in charge of overseeing the soccer match.
  • Regular Season: refers to scheduled game play to determine teams that qualify for the playoff tournament.
  • Regulation Game: consists of 2 halves without overtime.
  • Round: refers to competition between teams to determine which team qualifies with a win to move upward to the next round and team. Example: World Cup=5 main rounds.
  • Rugby: a revised version of soccer wherein players can pass and run utilizing their hands plus contact other players. OK, folks—no debating about which game is better :-)
Soccer Game Terms: S
  • Save: skillful play by goalie to block/stop thus preventing a goal.
  • Score: into the net, the ball goes and another score is on the board.
  • Scorers: likely the most admired players on the team, or is it the goalie?
  • Scoring Opportunity: refers to a golden chance to score.
  • Send off: the result of a player receiving a red card and in turn, the action of being ejected from the game.
  • Serious Foul Play:  uncalled for physical violence against an opposing player during a match, resulting in a red card.
  • Set Play: this term refers to the team plan following a throw-in, kick off or free, corner and penalty kicks.
  • Shielding: this ball carrier is keeping and controlling the ball closely to ward off a defender.
  • Shin Guards: equipment worn on the lower legs for protection.
  • Shooting or Shot: action of kicking the ball at the opposing goalie with the objective of Goal!
  • Shorthanded: refers to a team playing with less than 11 players.
  • Shoulder Charge: term for shoulder-to-shoulder contact, not usually foul worthy.
  • Shutout: soccer game terms for 0 or no scoring by one of the teams playing the game.
  • Side Tackle: tactical move by a defender to change the direction of the ball in the possession of the challenger.
  • Sideline or Touchline: boundary line of the field on each side.
  • Single Elimination: term for a single team loss that results in tournament elimination.
  • Sliding Tackle: tactical action by a defender by sliding feet first into the ball.
  • Small-sided Game: if you want to play a soccer game with less than 11 players/side, then this is the game for your group.
  • Square Pass: lingo for pass to a teammate running neck-to-neck or close by.
  • Starter: usually the most skillful players will play at the beginning of the game.
  • Steal: it is mine now, says they player who took the ball from a challenger.
  • Stopper: term for a defender who covers or marks the leading scorer of the opposing team.
  • Striker: jargon for the best of the best scoring player on the team.
  • Substitute:  the act of replacing one player with another during play.
  • Sudden Death: a rare occurrence in soccer, but this term refers to the first goal scored that then determines the winning team and completes the overtime and the game.
  • Sweeper: jargon for the remaining defender before reaching the goalie—a last line of defense.
Soccer Game Terms: T
  • Tackle:  act of trying to obtain the ball with your feet.  If physical contact occurs with the player, a foul is assessed.
  • Territory: refers to that half of the field defended by a team.
  • Thigh Trap: jargon for a tactic of using the thigh to manage the ball in the air.
  • Through Pass: term to pass the ball to a teammate while he/she is behind a defender.
  • Throw-in:  the act of putting the ball back in play after an out of bounds infraction.  This is done with two hands on the ball and no more than one-step taken to throw the ball in.
  • Tie Game: term for a soccer match where each team scores exactly the samegaming gecko, soccer game terms, lingo, jargon number of goals.
  • Tiebreaker: method to declare the game winner with a series of penalty kicks taken by both sides.
  • Timekeeper: is one of the duties of the referee.
  • Timeout: as there are no timeouts in soccer, this term refers to an official break in the action.
  • Toe Poke:  soccer game terms for tactic used by a player using a toe-touch to tackle a challenger.
  • Trailing: lingo for running close behind another player.
  • Trap: using his/her feet, chest or thighs, a player is attempting to manage the ball with this technique.
  • Tripping:  the attempt to knock down an opponent by tangling up their feet.
  • Turnover: this team just lost ball possession to their challengers.
  • Two-touch Play: term for a 2-step action where a player first gets the moving ball and follows with a shot or pass to another player.
  • Two-on-one Break=2 attackers versus 1 defensive player.
  • Two-way Midfielder: valuable team member who arranges and plans midfield play.
Soccer Game Terms: U - Z
  • Unsporting Behavior:  any conduct deemed inappropriate by the official.  This type of infraction results in a yellow card.
  • Volley: term for a ball kicked that is not on the ground.
  • Wall: jargon for a line-up of defenders close together with the purpose of preventing a goal coming from a free kick.
  • Wall Pass: soccer game terms for a strategic play between two attacking players, where one player passes to a teammate then moves rapidly behind a defender to accept a pass back.
  • Win-draw-loss Record: summary of a team's playing record.
  • Wings or Wingers: term for outside forward players whose duties are to make precise passes to strikers.
  • World Cup: the top event in the world of soccer and the most popular sports event viewed globally. Every 4 four years, the best pro teams are sent to play in the country vs. country competition.
  • Yellow Card:  the less serious infraction in a soccer match, two of which result in an ejection from the game.
  • Yips: bad case of nerves resulting in shakes that make it very difficult for a gamer to play well. This phrase can be used in reference to many games and is recognized by both players and fans alike.
  • Zone: refers to a type of defense where the player covers a specific field area.
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