Arc - The quarter circle at each corner of the field in which the ball is placed for a corner kick.
Attacker - A player trying to score in a game.
Breakaway - When the player has the ball behind the fullbacks and has an open field between him and his goal.
Back Heel Pass - A pass used to move the ball backwards by striking it with your heel.
Back swing - The distance you bring your kicking foot back before you kick the ball.
Block Tackle- A way of tackling the opponent head-on and gaining possession while still on your feet.
Call - A decision made by the referee.
Caution- A warning from the referee given to a player for arguing or persistently breaking the rules.
Centering - Kicking the ball from one of the wings into the goal or penalty area.
Chip - Causing the ball to travel into the air by kicking underneath it.
Chip Pass - A short kick over the opponent's head to a teammate.
Chip shot - A kick at goal usually lifted over the goal keepers head.
Closing Down- A defensive move used to deny an attacker the space to maneuver.
Corner kick - A kick taken at the corner of the field by the attacking team when the defending team last touched the ball before crossing the goal line.
Cover - Guarding a player on the other team to stop him from getting the ball.
Crossbar - The goal bar which is parallel to the ground.
Cushioning- A method of taking the pace out the ball and making it easier to control by stopping it against part of your body before you kick it.
Dangerous Play - Any player, action or movement that puts an opponent, a teammate, or yourself in a position where you may get injured.
Defense - The part of your team that is trying to stop the other team from scoring.
Dribbling - Moving the ball with the feet, using small, short kicks.
Drop Ball- A way of restarting the ball by dropping it between two opposite players.
Far Post - The goal post that is the farthest away from the kicker.
Feinting- Disguising the way you intend to take to confuse an opponent.
Follow Through- The distance your foot travels in the direction of the ball after you have actually kicked it.
Formation- The pattern in which a team's players are arranged on the field.
Forwards - The player on a team who takes most of the shots, and do most of the scoring.
Foul - An illegal play or movement by a player.
Free Kick - A free kick is given to a team when the other team has committed a foul. The other team must stand ten or more yards away from the ball.
Goal - When the ball goes through the goal posts into the goal.
Goal Box - The box in which the ball is placed to take a goal kick.
Goalie - The only player on the team who is allowed to touch the ball with his hands in the penalty area. His job is to stop the opponent's ball from going into the goal.
Goal Kick - A free kick taken by the defending team when the attacking team kicks the ball across the goal line, and not in the goal.
Goal Line - The line between the two corner flags on each end of the field.
Goal Post - The post that make up the goal, also called the uprights.
Halfback - The players on a team who play around the middle of the field. They pass the ball to the forwards so they can score.
Half line - The line across the middle of the field, dividing it in half.
Half time - A game is divided into two equally timed halves. Half time is the short break in between the two halves.
Half Volley- Kicking the ball just as it bounces and starts to rise into the air.
Heading - Propelling the ball by hitting it with your head.
Instep Drive - A kick or shot taken with the part of the foot where your shoelaces are located.
Instep Pass- A pass made by striking the ball with the instep (the top of your foot.)
Jockeying- Slowing an opponent who is in possession of the ball by blocking off any intended runs and being ready to tackle.
Kick-off- The kick that starts the game and restarts the game after a goal and half- time.
Linesman - The person near one of the touch lines who signals when the ball is out of bounds, or a player is offside.
Lofted Pass- A pass used to kick the ball through the air over long distances.
Man-to-man Marking- A method of defense in which every defender is assigned an opponent to mark throughout the game.
Marking - Covering or guarding an opponent.
Midfield players- Players who play principally between the two penalty areas, linking the attackers and the defenders. They are sometimes called linkmen.
Narrowing the Angle- A goal keeping technique used to reduce the area of the goal that an attacker can shoot at.
Near Post - The goal post nearest to the kicker.
Net - The plastic or string like thing that is tied to the goal post to make it easier to tell when a good goal is scored.
Offense - The part of your team trying to score.
Offside - A soccer which prevents strikers waiting around the goal area for a chance to shoot. That action is also called cherry picking.
Off-the-ball - Running without the ball to move to an open space so you can receive the ball.
Opponent - The people on the other team in a game.
Overhead shot- A shot used when you have your back to the goal. It is done with both legs in the air, and flips the ball back over your head.
Overhitting - Kicking a ball so far, so that a team-mate is unable to reach it.
Pass - Using part of your body to hit the ball to a teammate.
Penalty Box - The lines which form a rectangle in which the goalie may use his hands.
Penalty Kick - A shot on goal inside the penalty area, defended by only the goalie. This is given when the defense commits a foul inside the penalty box.
Power Kick - A hard, fast shot or kick.
Referee - The person who controls the soccer game, and calls fouls.
Score - A ball going under the crossbar and between the goal posts, completely crossing the goal line.
Screening -Keeping your body between the ball and the opponent so he can not take the ball away.
Sending off- A player can be sent off the pitch for serious offenses such as violent conduct or using bad language.
Shot - An attempt to score a goal.
Shoulder charging- Pushing the opponent off of the ball using the top half of your arm.
Side Volley - A ball played by swinging the foot across the persons body to hit the ball if it is on the other side of the person.
Sliding tackle- A tackle used to get the ball away from the opponent. You will not usually get possession yourself.
Strikers - The forwards in the middle of the forward line who usually take the most shots.
Substitute - A player during the game that is not playing on the field.
Sweeper - The defender who does not have a special player to cover, and usually plays behind the fullbacks to back them up.
Swerving pass- A pass with a lot of spin so that it will curve around the opponent.
Tackling - Using the feet to take the ball away from an opponent.
Throw-in - Putting the ball back in play when it goes out of bounds on the sidelines. You hold the ball with both hands behind the head, bringing them forward to throw the ball.
Touchline - The boundary lines on the long sides of the field.
Trapping - Gaining control of a moving ball by stopping it with a part of the body.
Tripping - Causing an opponent to fall by hitting his feet out from under him.
Underhitting- Kicking the ball too softly, so that it does not reach the teammate.
Volley - Kicking the ball while it is still in the air.
Weight- The strength of a pass.
Wing - The forward parts of the field toward the sidelines, or the players who play that part of the field.
Zonal marking- A system
in which defenders guard an area of the field, rather than marking a particular