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  • The opposite, or furthest, goal post from the player's location. For example, if a player has the ball on the left side of the goal, then the far post would be the right post from the player's point of view.
  • Football Association of Zambia is the governing body of Zambian football. FAZ was founded in 1929 and affiliated with FIFA in 1964. It is also a full member of CAF and COSAFA.
  • A club that develops players and sends them to a larger club.
  • A deceptive move to mislead an opponent.
  • The international governing body of soccer. FIFA organizes the World Cup and other international competitions and decides on national team world rankings.
  • The fifth official is an additional official in some competitions, primarily for high-stakes matches like finals of major tournaments. The fifth official typically has duties similar to those of the fourth official but can also be designated specific roles such as monitoring the teams'(...)
  • The last third of the pitch nearest to the opponent's goal.
  • Accurately placing the ball in the back on the net, usually sacrificing power for precision and often done but not restricted to the inside of the foot.
  • Playing the ball without taking a touch to control it first.
  • The initial contact a player makes with the ball when receiving it.
  • A scheduled match in a competition.
  • Natural talent or skill, often showy.
  • The side areas of the field.
  • A pass that's level with the ground.
  • A quick redirection of the ball with a specific part of the body.
  • A light header or touch to redirect the ball to a teammate.
  • The Mexican FA. Created in 1922, and a member of FIFA since 1929, the FMF is the governing body of soccer/football in Mexico.
  • An advance into the opponent's territory.
  • The tactical positioning of a team, denoted by the number of players in each line of players. For example, 4-4-2 is a formation that has four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards (and 1 GK, but the GK is not specified as it is in every formation).
  • A breach of the rules typically results in a free-kick or penalty kick for the opposing team.
  • The fourth official assists the other officials but is not on the field of play. They are responsible for various duties such as supervising substitutions, displaying the time added on at the end of each half on an electronic board, and generally helping the referee manage the game. The(...)
  • A direct or indirect kick is awarded to a team after a foul by the opposing team. The type of free-kick depends on the nature and location of the foul.
  • A non-competitive game.
  • A player who is not a regular starter but is often on the edge of the first team.
  • The goalpost nearest to the ball during a cross.
  • The defenders playing on the wings.
  • The end of the match.
  • Slang (especially in the UK) for a soccer team's manager or head coach. It's a colloquial term that refers to the person in charge of the team's tactics, training, and overall management.
  • A team's strategic plan for the match.
  •  A situation where it appears that a goal has been scored, but the ball did not fully cross the goal line, and the goal is awarded.
  • The rectangular structure at each end of the field into which teams try to score by getting the ball past the goalkeeper.
  • Tasked with being the last line of defense in stopping the ball from going into the net. Each team has 1 goalie, and usually, keep 1 goalie as a sub. The goalkeeper usually stays back in their own penalty box, in order to protect the goal. The goalkeepers are the only players that can use(...)
  • This is an electronic aid to determine whether the entire ball had crossed the goal line in the event of a goal being scored.
  • An award given to goalkeepers who achieve the most clean sheets or are the best performing goalkeeper in a season or tournament.
  • Hard work, especially referring to players who are industrious on the pitch.
  • The most basic level or starting point of soccer, often referring to youth or local soccer.
  • A pass that remains on the ground.
  • The phase in a tournament where teams compete in groups, with the top teams advancing.
  • The break between two halves of a match.
  • Striking the ball just as it bounces.
  • An infraction where a player other than the goalkeeper touches the ball with their hand or arm.
  • When a player scores three goals in a single game.
  • When a player scores three goals in a single game.
  • A play where a player uses their head to strike the ball, often used for clearing the ball or scoring goals.
  • A defensive tactic where defenders play their defensive line further up the pitch, closer to the halfway line.
  • A tactic where players apply pressure high up the pitch to win the ball back.
  • To keep possession of the ball.
  • A command often yelled by defenders to maintain their line and avoid playing attackers onside.
  • When a forward keeps the ball while waiting for teammates to join the attack.
  • Jargon for a loose ball that can result in a 50-50 challenge that puts both players at risk of getting injured or picking up a knock as they are both challenging for the same ball with no advantage to either side.
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