Soccer Terms & Soccer Rule Definitions
Soccer Terms, soccer glossary, soccer definitions
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with a line that is parallel to the goal line. (Law 1, Law
Penalty kick: A direct kick, taken by a player, from the
penalty mark as a result of a foul committed by the
defensive team in their penalty area. All players except the
goal keeper and the player taking the kick must be outside
the penalty area and 10 yards from the ball. (Law 14)
Penalty mark: Also called the penalty spot. A circular mark
9" in diameter made 12 yards out from the center of the
goal, where the ball is placed when a penalty kick is to be
taken. (Law 1, Law 14)
Pitch: See field of play.
PK: See penalty kick. (Law 14)
Play in: To play a teammate in is to play a through ball for
him to run on to.
Player: Each of the 11 (or fewer) members of a team who is
legally on the field of play and taking part in the match.
Position: 1. Any one of the names which describes where a
player plays and what his or her role is; see goal keeper,
fullback, sweeper, stopper, screen, wheel man, libero,
midfielder, forward, wingback, striker, window player, hole
player, wing. 2. Defensive position: placing oneself in a
proper position to defend against attack.
Possession: Having control of the ball. For a goal keeper,
control (possession) is having any part of the hand or arm
touching the ball.
Possession play: An attacking system in which a team tries
to retain possession of the ball while advancing toward the
attacking third and while in the attacking third, with the
object of trying to create scoring opportunities. Frequently
contrasted with direct play.
Pressure: 1. A tactic used to attempt to dispossess an
opponent of the ball. Generally refers to the close
proximity of the defender. 2. Used as an instruction to tell
a player to apply pressure to an opponent who has possession
of the ball.
Pull: See push.
Punt: A method of kicking that goal keepers use to clear the
ball upfield, wherein the ball is dropped from the hand and
kicked before touching the ground or as a half-volley.
Push: A coaching instruction used to tell players to move
forward, towards the opponents' goal, in order to put
opponents in an offside position, as in "push up" or "push
out."Also "out", "step", "step up" and "pull".
Pushing: Intentionally pushing an opposing player. (Law 12)
Recovery: The act of defenders to get back into a defensive
Recreational: Less competitive soccer where players have the
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