Here is a list of soccer terms players need to internalize. I will add diagrams and demonstrations over time. If you have any terms you would like to add please say so in the comment section.
Against the Run of Play: When a team scores on a counter attack after conceding a great deal possession.
Bending the ball: Getting the ball to curl when striking.
Bicycle kick: When a striker kicks the ball over his head.
Booking: A term used when a player gets a yellow or red card.
Channels: We divide the pitch into 3, 4, or 5 vertical areas (i.e. left channel, centre channel, and right channel).
Chip pass: A pass lofted into the air, over the defender.
Chip shot: A shot lofted into the air with the intention of scoring over the goalkeeper.
Clearance: When the defender kicks the ball out of bounds or up field to reduce defensive zone pressure.
Close down: Defender applies pressure to an attacker, reducing space between them and the attacker.
Corner kick: A dead ball phase when the ball goes over the goal line, last touched by the defending team.
Counter-attack: An attacking phase launched by a defending team immediately after they regain possession of the ball.
Cross: A pass played from the wide areas into the centre channel in the final third of the pitch.
Dead Ball: A phase of play where the ball is not moving (i.e. free kick, penalty kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks and kick-offs).
Direct kick: A goal can be scored directly from a dead ball strike.
Dissent: When a player shows disrespect towards the referee’s decision.
Dribble: Keeping control of the ball while moving with short touches.
Drop kick: When a goalkeeper releases the ball, it bounces then they kick it.
Dummy: A player pretends to receive a pass, allowing their teammate to receive instead.
Formation: The arrangement of players on the pitch. Usually consist of a combination of Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders and Goalkeepers.
Fifty-Fifty Ball: A loose ball where both teams have an equal opportunity to gain possession.
Free kick: A dead ball situation given due to a foul from the other team. A free kick is either a direct kick or an indirect kick.
Goal kick: When the attacking kicks the ball over the goal line (over the net), the defending team restarts the match with a dead ball kick from the goal line.
Hand ball: Touching the ball with an arm or hand illegally.
Header: Using the head to strike or control the ball.
Indirect kick: A player must touch the ball before a goal can be scored.
Juggling: Keeping the ball off of the ground using various touches.
Kickoff: We restart the match at half after a goal with a kickoff. Kickoffs are also how we begin either half.
Marking: Close defending on a near player.
Man on: Used by teammates to communicate that a defender is coming.
Nutmeg: A pass that goes through the defender’s leg.
Offside: When the attacker is closer to the opposing goal line than both the ball and the last two defenders (the goalie counts as a defender).
Overlap: When a supporting player makes a run into positive space, on the touchline side.
Overloads: Numerical advantage when attacking or defending (ie 4v2, 3v1, 1v2).
Own-goal: A player scores a goal in their own net.
Penalty kick: When an attacker is fouled inside the 18 yard box, they are awarded a kick from the penalty spot. All other players on both teams most be outside the designated space as the striker attempts to score 1 on 1 with a dead ball strike against the goalie.
Pitch: Another word for “field”.
Punt: A drop kick by the goalie, where the ball doesn’t hit to the ground after releasing from hands.
Save: When the goalie stops a shot from going into their net.
Scrimmage: A practice match.
Strike: To make contact with the ball using any legal part of the body to pass or shoot.
Tackle: To take the ball from the opposing player. Tackles can be standing or sliding.
Throw-in: When the opposing team knocks the ball out of bounds, your team may throw the ball back into play using the proper Two-Handed technique.
Through ball: A pass played in behind the defenders to a teammate making their run.
Touch: Player’s first contact with the ball.
Touch Line: Another term for Side Line.
Trapping: Stopping the ball on first touch to gain control.
Volley: Striking the ball while in the air.
Wall Pass: A Give-N-Go. Player 1 passes to Player 2 and then gets in behind the defender where he will receive the ball back from Player 2.
Zones: We divide the pitch in 3 or 4 horizontal areas (attacking zones, neutral zone and defending zone).