Soccer Terms & Soccer Rule Definitions
Soccer Terms, soccer glossary, soccer definitions
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chance to sign up to play the sport regardless of ability.
Red Card: Disciplinary action of sending a player, or
players off the field of play. (Law 12)
Referee: The official who have been given full authority to
enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to
which he has be en appointed. FIFA matches will have one
referee and two assistant referees. Other leagues may have
two referees and no assistants. (Law 5)
Restart: The use of a kick, throw or dropped ball to restart
play after play has been stopped because the ball goes out
of the field of play or the referee stops play for any
reason. (Law 8)
Reverse field: See switch field.
Save: An action that stops a shot on goal from scoring.
SAY: Soccer Association for Youth. A recreational soccer
Schemer: See window player.
Scissors kick: See bicycle kick.
Screen: 1. Position name (from 'windscreen wiper'); applied
to a defensive midfielder playing in front of the fullbacks
with responsibility for collecting loose balls across the
width of the field and then distributing them; also called
"defensive screen". 2. To block the keeper's view of the
Screw-ins: Shoes with removable (and therefore replaceable)
studs (as opposed to permanently fixed molded cleats)
designed for use in wet conditions or soft ground. Often
called "six-stud cleats" after the number of studs usually
found on the sole of each boot. (Law 4)
Select: More competitive soccer where players are 'selected'
to be on a team following tryouts or some other prearranged
Set piece: See set play.
Set play: A rehearsed series of actions normally initiated
in a dead ball situation to attempt to create or take
advantage of a scoring opportunity. These involve
misdirecting opponents, usually on free kicks, or taking
advantage of positions of vulnerability, for example on
Shape: Refers to the characteristic placement of players in
a given formation. If players wander a way from their
assigned roles and are not replaced by teammates, a team may
be said to have "lost its shape".
Shielding: The tactic of a ball carrier putting his body
between the ball and the defender.
Shinguards: Protective equipment worn by players to aid in
prevention of injuries to the shin. (Law 4)
Shootout: A tie-breaking device that pits one player against
the goalkeeper in either penalty kicks or a breakaway type
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