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.
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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