2Starting the gameEach team has 11 players. The object of the game is to put the soccer ball into the opponents’ goal. The team that scores the most goals wins.A toss of a coin decides which team will have the first kick-off. The ball is placed in a stationary spot in the center of the field.On the referee’s whistle, the team kicking off must play the ball forward into the opponent’s half of the field. After this, it is free to the first player who gets it.Each player must be onsides (in his own half of the field) and no opponent may come into the center circle until the ball is played.The player taking the kick-off may not kick the ball again until it has been touched by another player.
3After a goal is scored, the team that has been scored against restarts the game in the same manner. The second half is begun with a kick-off by the team that did not start the first half of the game.
4Soccer PositionsDefender- A player who works mainly in the defensive third of the field. They are primarily focused on stopping the opposition’s attackers from scoring.Forward- A player who is responsible for most of a team's scoring. They play in front of the rest of their team (or in the attacking third of the field) where they can take most of the shots.Goalie– Abbreviation for Goalkeeper.
5Goalkeeper– The player positioned directly in front of the goal who tries to prevent shots from crossing the goal line; the only player allowed to use their hands and arms.Keeper– Abbreviation for Goalkeeper.Midfielder– A player generally positioned in the middle third of the field between the forwards and defenders. Their job is to link the defense and the offense through ball control and passing. They play both an attacking role and a defensive role.
6Soccer TerminologyCenter Circle– a circular marking with a 10-yard radius in the “center” of the field from which kickoffs are taken to start or restart the game. Purpose: Simply a reference line for the referee and defenders. Defenders must be as least 10 yards away from the ball prior to start or restart.Corner Arch– an arc or quarter-circle with a radius of 1 yard located at each of the 4 corners of the soccer field. Purpose: Also a reference line, the ball must be kicked from inside this arc on a corner kick.End Line– the boundary line extending from corner to corner along its width at each end.Goal Area– the rectangular area (20 x 6 yd. on a full-size soccer field) marked within the penalty area (or inside the larger rectangle) and directly in front of goal. Purpose: Marks the area from which all goal kicks must be taken.Goal Box– commoner’s term for the goal area or sometimes the penalty area.
7Goal Line– same as the end line. Midfield Line– a line in the center of the soccer field that divides the field in half along its width and runs parallel to the goals. Purpose: Used for start and restart as well as for calling offside. A player cannot be offside on their half of the field. Also called the center line.Penalty Mark (or Spot) – the mark on the soccer field from which penalty kicks are taken.Sideline– common word for the touchline.Touchline– the line that runs along the length of each side of the field. Commonly called the sideline in other sports.
8Soccer DefinitionsCenter– a pass from either side of the field towards the middle of the field. It is used primarily to get the ball closer to the front of the goal. The words “center” and “cross” are used interchangeably.Clearing– the act of moving the ball out of the area of one’s own goal by throwing (goalkeeper only) or kicking it.Cross– another word for center.Dribbling- Use to advance the ball from one point to another by a single player.Dropped Ball- A dropped ball is taken after a temporary suspension of play. It is taken where the ball was when play was stopped (except in the goal area). The ball is dropped by the referee and is in play when it touches the ground. The player may dribble, pass or shoot.Drop Kick and Punt (goalie) - Methods of clearing the ball out of the goal. Punt is when the ball is kicked before it touches the ground. A drop kick is when the ball is kicked as it rebounds from the ground.
9Fake– a move by a player meant to deceive an opposing player Fake– a move by a player meant to deceive an opposing player. Used to gain an advantage, it is frequently used when dribbling to get past an opponent.Foot Trap– the use of the foot, usually the bottom, to control a rolling or low bouncing ball.Hand ball- When a player other than the goalie touches the ball with any part of the arm from the shoulder to the fingers. The call will not be made if the player, who committed the hand ball, or his or her team, did not get an advantage or possession.Header– When a player passes or shoots the ball with his head.Kickoff- The kickoff is kicked from the center point on the center line. The ball must roll one complete revolution before any player on either team can touch it. After this, it is free to the first player who gets to it. Kickoffs are taken at the start of a game, to start the second half and after a goal are scored. Players are on their own half of the field.Passing- A kick used to get the ball to an open teammate.Place Kick- Used to move the ball a great distance without interference.
10Save– the act of a goalkeeper in stopping a shot that would have otherwise gone into the goal. Shielding–used by the person with the ball to protect the ball from a defender; the ball carrier keeps their body between the ball and the defender.Tackle– the act of taking the ball away from a player by kicking or stopping it with one's feet.Throw-in- A throw-in is taken when the ball crosses completely over the touch line. It is taken were the ball crossed over the line. It is taken by a player on the team who did not touch the ball last. Opponents must not block the throw-in. Players must use both hands and must throw the ball behind and over their head; their feet must be on or outside the sideline. If the ball is thrown improperly a throw-in is awarded to the opposite team. The ball is in play when it enters the field after being released. A player cannot score directly off a throw-in.Trap– the use of one’s body to slow down and control a moving ball, most often using the chest, thighs or feet.
11Corner Kick– a direct free kick that is awarded when the defending team puts the ball over the end line. A corner kick is taken by the offensive team from next to the corner flag. There are four corner flags on the corners of the field. A player from the attacking team kicks the ball from the corner closest to where the ball went out. Offense can score directly off the corner kick.Direct Free Kick– a free kick that is awarded at the spot of the infraction for a physical contact foul such as tripping, holding, pushing, tackles from behind, jumping into an opponent, or for hand balls. A direct free kick can score by going directly into the goal. It does not have to be touched by anyone other than the kicker.Foul– when the referee judges a violation against an opposing player. The team that suffers the foul is awarded with a direct free kick unless the foul is committed by a defensive player inside his own penalty area, in which case the foul results in a penalty kick.
12Free Kick- Any time any foul or hand ball is committed, the other team receives a free kick. When taking a free kick the other team must be at least ten yards away.Goal Kick–When the ball is kicked over the end line by a player attacking that end, a goal kick is awarded. The ball is kicked from anywhere inside the goal area away from the goal to restart play. After the kick is taken, the ball cannot be touched again by any player until it is outside of the penalty area.Indirect Free Kick– a free kick that is awarded at the spot of the infraction for other fouls that are judged not to be serious such as obstruction, dangerous play or charging (non-contact fouls), as well as for offside. Indirect kicks must touch another player (either team) before the ball goes into the net in order to score.
13Offside–A violation that occurs when an offensive player is closer to the opponent’s goal than both the ball and the second-to-last opposing player at the time that the ball is passed to the offensive player by his or her teammate. Players cannot be called offside if they are in their own half of the field or if they receive the ball from a throw in, corner kick, or goal kick. When a player is called offside, the opposing team is awarded an indirect free kick.Out of Bounds- The ball must cross completely over the line to be called out of bounds. A player can be standing out of bounds and not be called if the ball is still not out.Penalty Kick– A kick taken from 12 yards in front of the goal as a result of a contact foul or hand ball that takes place inside the penalty area. These can be the result of a hand ball. All players, except the goalkeeper and kicker, must be ten yards outside the area, behind the penalty mark and in the field. Goalkeeper must be on the goal line between posts until the ball is kicked (may move laterally). Ball is in play when it is kicked.Throw-ins– a way to restart play when the ball goes out over the sidelines. The team that did not touch the ball last is allowed an overhead throw.
14Goalkeeper’s Privileges While in the penalty area, the goalkeeper; may use their hands and arms to stop a ball or throw it, after taking possession of the ball, has six seconds to put it in play, can put the ball into play by punting, drop kicking or throwing.He/she is also free from interference by other players while he/she is in possession of the ball.A goalkeeper may not use his/her hands when their teammate passes the ball to them with the feet or a throw-in.