Soccer Terms & Soccer Rule Definitions
Soccer Terms, soccer glossary, soccer definitions
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Injury time: See time lost. (Law 7)
Inside: 1. Refers to the part of the field closer to the
mid-line, as opposed to the touchline. 2. Inside of the
foot: the big toe side of the foot near the arch.
Instep: The top part of the foot corresponding to the lower
part of the laces portion of the boot.
Into touch: When the ball goes into the area outside of the
field of play, beyond the touch lines.
Jersey: The team uniform that distinguishes the teams as
different. Also, the goal keeper must have a shirt that
distinguishes himself different than his team and the
opponent. (Law 4)
Jockey: 1. To delay the forward progress of an opponent with
the ball by holding a position close to and goal side of the
opponent so that he or she can be tackled once support
arrives. 2. An instruction to a player to tell him or her
not to tackle but to jockey an opponent.
Juggling: A training exercise in which the ball is kept in
the air, using any legal part of the body, by one player.
Jumping: Intentionally jumping at an opponent. (Law 12)
Keepaway: A small-sided game in which the object is for one
side to retain possession rather than to score goals.
Keeper: See goal keeper.
Kicking: Intentionally kicking or trying to kick an
opponent. (Law 12)
Kick-off: A method of starting and restarting play. A game
is started with a kick-off and a kick-off is performed
following a goal that has been scored. The restart kick-off
is performed by the team that did not score. (Law 8)
Lay off: To play the ball to one side for a teammate,
normally when one has one's back to the opponents' goal.
Libero: Position name given to a player playing in one of
the positions normally associated with a stopper, a
defensive screen or sweeper. Unlike these players, however,
the libero frequently comes forward to join the attack. .
Linesman: See assistant referee. (Law 6)
Man on: A term used for communicating that the ball carrier
or the player about to receive the ball is going to be under
pressure from a defender.
Man-to-man defense: A defensive system in which a player
(usually a marking back) will be assigned responsibility to
mark a specific individual opponent. Often used to
neutralize a particularly dangerous and mobile attacking
player; if the strategy is effective, the neutralized player
is said to have been "marked out of the game". See zone
Mark: 1. A defender who is guarding an opponent is said to
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