18/6/18 Terminology about Soccer (Part 5)

Advanced Soccer Actions Terms

  • Bicycle Kick – when a player kicks the ball in mid-air backwards and over their own head, usually making contact above waist level.
  • Cut Back – dribbling the ball backwards in the reverse way of the goal in an attempt to keep possession of the ball.
  • Cut Down the Angle – when the goalie comes out of the goal several feet to make themselves closer and larger to an attacker. The effect is to leave the attacker less open net to shoot at.
  • Flick – a quick header.
  • Hospital Ball – a dangerous pass from one teammate to another. Instead of being crisp the pass is too soft, resulting in a pass that becomes a 50/50 ball (up for grabs) instead of one that is easily received.
  • Instep Drive – a shot taken with the instep of a player’s foot; usually the most powerful and accurate of shots.
  • Instep Pass – a pass made by striking the ball with instep.
  • “Man On” – the call a player makes to a teammate who is closely marked by an opposing player but may not be aware of it.
  • Mark – to cover an opponent with or without the ball to keep them from passing, receiving or shooting the ball.
  • Narrowing the Angle – same as cut down the angle.
  • Offside Trap – a play by the defense to catch the attacking team offside. The rear defenders will quickly pull up past the attackers to put the attackers in an offside position.
  • One Touch Pass – when the ball is received and propelled in a single movement.
  • “Push Up” – a phrase used to tell the defense to move up the field in a more attacking position. Sometimes used as the command for an offside trap.
  • Scissors – a dribbling technique used to fake the opposing team’s defenders. A type of feint.
  • Shoulder Tackle – a tackle used to get the ball away from an opponent by making shoulder-to-shoulder contact.
  • Two Touch Pass – a pass in which the ball is received by a player with one touch and then played to a teammate with the next touch.