Soccer Terms & Soccer Rule Definitions
Soccer Terms, soccer glossary, soccer definitions
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be marking him or her; 2. A player guarded by another player
(as in "Who's your mark?").
Mark up: Used to instruct players to guard an opponent so
that all attacking players are marked.
Marking back: A fullback with primary responsibility for
marking one of the opposing forwards.
Match: A game of soccer. In Britain, a regularly scheduled
league meeting between two teams is frequently referred to
as a "fixture", while a match in the context of a Cup
competition is often called a "tie".
Micro-soccer: Any one of a number of small-sided formats
(frequently 3, 4 or 5 players a side) used with very young
Middle third: See attacking third.
Midfielder: Player occupying a position between the forwards
Misconduct: An offense that is a serious breach of the
spirit of the game and results in either a caution or an
Movement: 1. A player moving with the ball. 2. Players
moving, who are not carrying the ball, in an attempt to move
to an unoccupied area to bring defenders with them or create
an area where they can receive a pass.
Near post: The goalpost that is nearest to the ball.
Nets: Netting that is attached to the goalposts, crossbar
and the ground, to ensure (barring any gaping holes or loose
fittings) that a goal has indeed gone through the opening
created by the goalposts and crossbar. (Law 1
Nutmeg: Describing the action of putting a ball through the
space created when a defender has his legs spread. A player
is said to have been "nutmegged" or "megged."
Obstruction : "Impeding a player's progress." Playing the
player, not the ball. A player uses his body as an
impediment or an obstruction merely to prevent a play on the
ball. (Law 12)
Offside: See offside position and offside infraction. (Law
Offside infraction: A player in an offside position while
his team has the ball becomes involved in active play, such
as by being the recipient of a pass. (Law 11)
Offside position: The situation where an attacking player,
on the offensive half of the field, has put himself in a
position where there are fewer than two opponents between
him and the goal. This positioning does not constitute a
foul, until he becomes involved in the play. (Law 11)
Offside trap: The act of the defenders moving forward in
unison to place an opponent in an offside position, thereby
creating an offside infraction. (Law 11)
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