Football terms

Football terms explained

Football is one of the most sensational game played on Earth. It is watched and adored by many and so many events takes place every time relating to football. There are so many terminologies in football that so many fans are not familiar with, many of which are very popular in today’s conversation.

Most of the terminologies used in football will be covered in this article.

Attacker: A player whose job it is to advance the ball into the opponent’s goal area in order to create a scoring opportunity.

Back Heel: A ball kicked with the back of the foot (heel).

Back Pass: A pass made by a player back toward his or her own goal, generally to the goalie. This is frequently a defensive maneuver used to initiate a new phase of play.

Ball Carrier: The player who has the ball.

Bicycle Kick: A fantastic technique in which a player backflips into the air and kicks the ball backwards over their head. The name stems from the action of their legs moving as if they were riding a bicycle.

Center spot: kickoff will be made from the center point, which is indicated on the field.

Offside Trap: A defender’s strategy for putting attacking players offside by moving swiftly away from their own goal and leaving attackers offside.

Offside: If a player is closer to his opponent’s goal line than both the ball and the next-to-last opponent, he is offside. If the players are in their half of the field, this does not apply. At the spot where the offside occurred, the opposition team is awarded an indirect free kick.

A one-touch pass is when a player’s initial touch is used to pass the ball.

Red card: A player receives a red card for committing a significant offense or receiving two yellow cards in the same game. The referee holds up a red card to indicate that a player is being sent off. The player that was dismissed cannot be replaced.

Referee: The official in charge of the game

Shot: A kick, header, or any other intentional deflection of the ball toward a goal by a player aiming to score a goal

Sliding Tackle: When a defender slides along the field of play before making one-footed contact with the ball, it is called a sliding tackle.

Brace: In football, a brace refers to two goals.

Hat trick: this is when a player scores three goals in a match.

Man to Man Marking: a defensive system in which defenders are assigned to track one offensive player at all times.

Indirect Free Kick: A free kick handed to a player that cannot be converted into a goal.

So many other terminologies like these one are being used in football and they are numerous. Next up, we’ll be talking on the terminologies that are seen on a league table.

Played (P, Pld) (i.e., number of matches played by a team).

MP stands for Matches Played

Winning (i.e., number of matches won).

D is for Draw (i.e., number of times a team has finished a match with an even score or tie).

L stands for loss (i.e., number of matches lost).

GS stands for Goals Scored.

Goals for F, GF (sometimes used in place of GS).

Goals Against (A, GA) (i.e., number of goals conceded by a team).

GD stands for Goal Difference (i.e., the difference between GF and GA, commonly indicated by +/-). Under the goal difference criterion, team B would win, according to the tables above.

PD stands for Points Difference (i.e., difference between GF and GA, and sometimes used in place of GD).

Goal Average (GAvg) (i.e., GF divided by GA). Under the goal average criterion, team A would win, according to the tables above.

GR stands for Goal Ratio (i.e., GF divided by GA, and sometimes used in place of GAvg).

Pos – Position (often referred to as #).

Points (i.e., total number of points earned by a team after playing a certain number of games). If a team wins a match, they receive three points; if the game ends in a draw or tie, they receive one point.

Idioms in football

Heavy Metal in football

The German football coach Jurgen Klopp’s style of play is referred to as “heavy metal football.” It is a high-intensity, fast-paced style that involves rapid counter-attacking movements. When Klopp was the manager of Borussia Dortmund, the word became widespread.

Off the Wood work

The ball has ‘struck the woodwork’ or ‘come off the woodwork,’ which means it has collided with the post or crossbar. The word refers to the days when goalposts were built of wood.

False Nine

The ‘false nine’ is a striker who plays in the middle forward position for a team but is more withdrawn than a typical ‘number nine’ attacker. A false nine is less advanced than a traditional striker, and he drops deep to drag centre-backs out, allowing the left and right wingers to sneak in behind.

Tiki taka 

Tiki taka is a football method that entails controlling possession and moving the ball swiftly in order to overwhelm and unpick the opponent’s defense. It is connected with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona club from 2008 through 2012, as well as Spain’s all-conquering Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, and Euro 2012 teams.

Hand of God:

The ‘Hand of God’ refers to Diego Maradona’s goal for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final versus England. Maradona punched the ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and into the net illegally with his hand. Despite the protests, the goal was given.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s moniker, CR7, is a combination of his initials and favorite number. The Portuguese actress has converted her moniker into a business, selling lingerie, perfumes, and other merchandise under the name.

Bicycle Kick

A bicycle kick is a type of shooting or passing that involves a player flying through the air and playing the ball in the opposite direction of their body. The bicycle kick, also known as a ‘overhead kick,’ is so named because a player looks to be cycling through the air upside down.


There are so many football terminologies out there that have been developed in the world of football. Not all have been mentioned in this article but most of them have been cleared.

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Football has its own vocabulary, and some of the terms used in The Beautiful Game’s lexicon might be bewildering, especially to newcomers.

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