Soccer Glossary

Understanding the Basic Terminology of Soccer

Soccer Ball in Net
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A

Amateur
Assistant Referee
Attacking Team

B

Between the Sticks
Break
Bicycle Kick
Boots
Box

C

Cards
Caught in Possession
Caution
Close Down
Champions League
Chip
Clash
Cleats
Corner Ball
Corner Kick
Cross

D

Dangerous Play
Defense
Diamond Formation
Direct Free Kick
Dive
Division
Double
Dummy

E


European Cup

F

FIFA
Football
Formation
Forward Line
Forward
4-4-2
4-3-3
4-2-3-1
Free Kick

G

Goalie

H

Hacking
Headerer

I

Indirect Free Kick

J

K

Keeper
Kickoff

L

Lob
Loft

M

Marking
Match
Match Officials
Midfield

N

Narrowing the Angle
National Team
Near Post
Nutmeg

O

Obstruction

Offside
On Offense
Overhead Kick
Own Goal

P

Passing
Penalty Spot
Penalty Taker
Points
Possession
 

R

Reckless Play
Red Card
Relegation

S

Save
Set Play
Shielding
Shot
Sideline
Square Pass
Strikeforce
Substitution

T

Throw-In

V

Volley

W

Wall
Wingback
Winger