June 17, 2014

Soccer Terminology

I've waited for this time for the last four years. I been holding my breathe in anticipation, well not really holding my breathe- that's impossible, but I am very excited because tonight the US Men's National Team kicked off its tenure in the 2014 World Cup. And they won! Yes, they're in the "Group of Death," also known as Group G, with Ghana, Portugal and Germany but I'm still hopeful that they'll pull off an upset and advance out of bracket play. And even if the critics are correct and we don't move on, I'm still excited. I'm excited that more than half the world's population is tuned in to watch soccer. That people (at least in the US) pretend for about a month,  to care about a sport I've played and watched for over 25 years.

I'm just excited. And I want you to share in on my excitement. I shared some pics of the Men of the World (Cup) so now that I have you're interest I'll teach you some of the basic terminology (so you look good in front of your boyfriend/husband).

So let's get started. To kick things off (see what I did there) here's what a field looks like:

Basic Soccer Terminology

Kickoff: In the beginning of the game the ball is placed in the center of the field, in the middle of the circle and one team gets possession. Here are some things you should know about the kickoff:
  • One team gets to kick off in the first half and the other gets to kick off to start the second half
  • After any goal the team that got scored on restarts the game with a kickoff
  • The first touch of a kickoff has to go forward

Free Kick/Set Piece: When there's a foul the team that was fouled gets to stop the play and place the ball at the site of the violation. Things to know about a set piece:
  • The team that fouled has to stand 10 yards back from where the free kick happens
  • There are two different types of set pieces - direct and indirect
  • Indirect Kick - means that two or more people must touch the ball before it goes into the goal
  • Direct Kick - means the ball can be kicked directly into the goal
Penalty Kick/PK: This is a type of direct kick that occurs when there's been a flagrant foul inside the Penalty Box. What you need to know about PKs:

  • One player gets to take a shot from the penalty spot
  • All players except the shooter and the goalie have to stand outside the box and arch until the ball is shot
  • Sometimes after a game and overtime, if the score is tied PKs will be used to determine the winner
Corner Kick: Another type of direct kick. A corner kick happens when the defensive team kicks the ball over their own end line. The ball is placed in the corner of the field.

Goal Kick: Opposite a Corner Kick, a Goal Kick occurs when the offensive team kicks the ball over the other teams end line. A few rules:

  • One player, typically the goalie, kicks the ball into the remaining players
  • No one can stand in the penalty box when this is happening

Goal: What happens when the ball goes in the net. It equals one point. The team with the most goals win. Like when the US plays Ghana in the World Cup and scores 2 goals and Ghana only scores one, the US wins (duh).

Need to know more? Feel free to reach out and ask and stay tuned for some more soccer fun facts throughout the World Cup.

Finally, in celebration of the World Cup you can get any ad space for 40% off with code: TeamUSA.

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  1. Thanks for this little explanation! I probably need to learn all this stuff before my son starts playing soccer, huh?

    1. Ha just let me know if you have any questions - I'm always happy to help!