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When a player kicks the ball to his teammate; used to move the ball closer to the opposing goal, to keep the ball away from an opponent or to give the ball to a player who is in a better position to score.
Short for penalty kick; also, a punishment given by the referee for a violation of the rules.
Penalty Arc
A circular arc whose center is the penalty spot and extends from the top of the penalty area; designates an area that opposing players are not allowed to enter prior to a penalty kick.
Penalty Area
A rectangular area 44 yards wide by 18 yards deep with its long edge on the goal line; the goalkeeper may use his hands to block or control the ball only within this area.
Penalty Kick
See Penalty shot.
Penalty Shot
A kick taken from the penalty spot by a player against the opposing goalie without any players closer than 10 yards away; awarded for the most severe rule violations and those committed by the defense within its own penalty area; also taken in a tiebreaker to decide a match.
Penalty Spot
The small circular spot located 12 yards in front of the center of the goal line from which all penalty kicks are taken; positioned at the center of the penalty arc.
To advance the ball behind opposing defenders (between them and their goal).
The segments of time into which a game is divided; a regulation game played by adults consists of two 45-minutes halves.
Another name for the field of play.
To trap, dribble, kick or head the ball.
Play on
A term used by referees to indicate that no foul or stoppage is to be called; used by referees when applying the Advantage Rule.
A tournament that takes place after a season's schedule has been completed; used to determine a champion.
A team statistic indicating its degree of success, calculated as follows: 2 points for a win (3 in the 1994 World Cup), 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss; also, an individual statistic for a player, calculated by totaling 2 points for each goal and 1 point for each assist.
Control of the ball.
Goalpost or the area near it.
Professional Foul
A foul, usually hard and from behind, in which a defender intentionally takes down a player to disrupt a clear scoring opportunity, usually a break-away. The "professional foul" usally results in a yellow or red card.
Push Pass
When a player pushes the ball with the inside of his foot to a teammate.
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