Soccer Terms & Soccer Rule Definitions
Soccer Terms, soccer glossary, soccer definitions
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Dribble : The practice of controlling the ball with the feet
while moving on the field of play.
Drive: Typically a low, hard shot on goal, taken with the
Drop ball: A method of restart in which the referee 'drops'
the ball to the ground. The players may not kick the ball
until the ball touches the ground. (Law 8)
Drop kick: A punting method the goal keeper uses where he
drops the ball to the ground, then punts the ball just after
it hits the ground.
Drop off: To move farther away from one's mark. Issued as an
instruction to a player, from the coach or another player.
Drop pass: A player passes the ball, behind himself, to a
teammate or leaves the ball for a teammate. See heel.
Dummy: To pretend to be about to receive the ball, but allow
the ball to travel past oneself, in order to deceive the
Dummy run: A run by a teammate of the player with the ball,
intended to draw one or more defenders away from the area
Encroachment: Being within 10 yards of the ball when a free
kick, corner kick, goal kick or penalty kick is being taken
by an opponent. (Law 13)
Fake: The act of a ball carrier 'faking' an action, to
elicit a response from a defender, then the ball carrier
performs another mover. Example- faking a shot, then passing
the ball off to a teammate.
Far post: The goalpost that is farthest from the ball.
Feint: A maneuver performed by a ball carrier that is
intended to get the defender to react, allowing the ball
carrier to move the ball the other way. Any of the
step-overs and moves created by famous players constitute
Field of play: The rectangular playing area, defined by two
longer touch lines and two shorter goal lines. Also called
the "pitch". (Law 1)
FIFA: Fédération Internationale de Football Association: the
world governing body of soccer.
Fixture: See match.
Flagposts: See corner flags. (Law 1)
Flat back: As in "flat back four". A defensive shape where
the back three or four defenders move in tandem, maintaining
a formation that is relatively straight across the field, as
opposed to formations based on having at least one player
stationed some distance behind the other defenders.
Flats: Footwear specially designed for training or indoor
use. No cleats or studs are present. (Law 4)
Flick: 1. The ability of a player to use his foot to 'flick'
the ball into space so that he may run onto the ball
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