Soccer Terms & Soccer Rule Definitions

Soccer Terms, soccer glossary, soccer definitions
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extend six yards into he field of play and are connected by 
line that is parallel to the goal line. (Law 1)  
Goalkeeper: The one player on the field who is permitted to 
use his hands while the ball is in the field of play. Though 
the goal keeper can only use his hands within his own 
penalty area. (Law 12)  
Goalkeeper strip: See strip. (Law 4)
Goal kick : A method of restarting play, awarded to the 
defensive team, after the attacking team has put the ball 
over the defending team's goal line without scoring a goal. 
(Law 16)  
Goal line: The two smaller boundary lines, forming the short 
ends of the rectangular field of play. (Law 1, Law 10)  
Goalposts: The two vertical structures that support the 
crossbar. (Law 1)  
Goal side: A player who is closer to the goal which he is 
defending than to the opponent he is playing against is said 
to be "goal side" of the opponent. See ball side. 
Goalie: See goal keeper. (Law 12) 
Golden goal: The goal in "sudden victory" overtime that wins 
and ends the game. These overtimes are sometimes given the 
unfortunate name "sudden death." (Law 7)  
Half-line: See halfway line.: Law 1) 
Half-time interval: The period of idle time between the two 
halves of the game. (Law 7) 
Half volley: A technique where a player strikes a ball just 
after the ball has touched the ground. 
Halfway line: Or "half line". The line that divides the 
field into two equal and mirror-image halves. 
Hand ball: See handling. (Law 12) 
Handling: Intentionally playing the ball with one's hand or 
any part of the arm. (Law 12)  
Head ball: See header.
Header: Passing, clearing, controlling or shooting the ball 
with one's head. 
Heel: Also called backheel. To pass the ball directly behind 
oneself by using either the heel or sole of the foot. The 
term can also be used by a player to indicate that he is 
ready to accept a back pass. 
Holding: Intentionally closing one's hand on an opposing 
player or any part of his equipment in an attempt to 
interfere with his progress. (Law 12)  
Hole player: See window player.
Home strip: See strip. (Law 4) 
IFK: Abbreviation for "indirect free kick". (Law 13) 
Indirect free kick: A method of restarting play, in which 
the ball must be touched by another player after it is 
kicked in order for a goal to be scored. Signaled by the 
referee holding one arm extended above his head until the 
ball has been touched by another player. (Law 13)  



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