New to Soccer? Here’s the Must-Know Slang

Whether you are a new soccer player or a new fan of the Pride, Orlando’s women’s soccer team, you’ve got to be prepared to talk the talk! Sometimes soccer can seem like a whole different language, so we’ve compiled a list of all the must-know slang terms. With this information, you’ll be able to converse with other fans and excel at the game you’ve grown to love.

  1. Marking: If the other team has the ball, a player may cover an opposing player in order to steal the ball when the time comes. This is called marking.
  2. Pitch: Nope! We haven’t transitioned to baseball. The pitch is also the soccer field. The term “pitch” is mostly used in British English, but its use has transferred over to the United States.
  3. Clean Sheet: When a goalkeeper doesn’t let the other team score, the goalkeeper’s team has a “clean sheet.”
  4. Header: When a player uses their head to hit the ball, it’s called a header. Don’t forget: there is a safe way to head the ball! This is especially true for youth players.
  5. Getting Booked: This is a term used when a referee gives a player a yellow card. The ref usually writes down the name of the player where he or she is keeping track of who has been “booked” during the game.
  6. Hospital Ball: Did that pass look like if could have sent that player to the hospital? Then, it was a hospital ball. These occur when someone passes the ball in a way that leaves their teammate vulnerable to tackling or injury.
  7. Golden Goal: We’ve all seen those nail-biter games that result in overtime. When a team finally scores, it is referred to as the golden goal.
  8. Between the Sticks: This term also related to scoring. If a ball goes between the sticks, a goal has been scored. The sticks can be thought of as the goal posts.
  9. Hooligan: This is one that you might guess; a hooligan is a player or fan who tends to be aggressive and over the top. This isn’t a nickname you want to earn.

With these slang terms, you’ll be ready to step on the pitch with a clean sheet and and mark your way all the way to a score between the sticks! For more helpful insights from the Orlando women’s soccer experts, keep reading our blog.

QueensCast: Episode 61 - GIVE ME AN OH! ARE! EL! A! EN! DEE! OH! What’s that spell? ORLANDO! FIGHT-FIGHT-FIGHT! City, Stars & Nations Talk!

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We’re in the thick of things now! We’ll talk about KCFC, the upcoming and Chicago Red Stars game and more. Luis from Backline Soccer will be on the show, as he and Jay talk the Tournament of Nations, and what Coach Sermanni has in store going forward.

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Orlando Pride Look to Keep Rolling Saturday at Chicago



Coming off of its most dominant victory in team history, Orlando Pride heads into Saturday’s match at Chicago looking to continue its recent stretch of road fortunes. The Club posted a 4-1 win over FC Kansas City on July 15 - the largest margin of victory at Orlando City Stadium to date - but will see a tougher test when it faces the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park on July 22, a venue in which the Red Stars are undefeated in this season.

Saturday’s match will mark the fifth time the Pride are featured on the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime, with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch online at

“[Chicago’s strikers are] difficult. The key thing [for us] is defenders need to be on their mettle from minute 1 to minute 90. We need to make sure we always have a spare player in the back. Our defenders need to be marking, even when we are in possession of the ball. We need to be aware of what is going to happen next,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said.  “If we turnover possession, [Chicago] are going to get the ball forward very quickly to [Christen] Press or [Sofia] Huerta and they are going to go straight to attack us either in behind or up to feet. That is going to be an issue that we are going to have to deal with in this game. Going away from home, we need to make sure that defensive discipline is there.”

With a 2-0-1 record over their last three road games, the Pride will look to extend their recent string of positive road results but will have to score their first-ever goal against the Red Stars and also break free from a pattern. In their three all-time meetings, Chicago has won each game by a 1-0 scoreline.

Last weekend, the Pride tied their record for goals scored in a 4-1 win over visiting FC Kansas City. Orlando jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead behind Alanna Kennedy’s second goal of the season and Alex Morgan’s first, a penalty kick in the 38th minute. Kansas cut the lead to one goal through Maegan Kelly, but the Pride responded with goals in the 70th and 75th minutes to comfortably take all three points. Defender Toni Pressley scored her first NWSL goal in the match, a thunderous strike from outside of the box while Kristen Edmonds capped things off with her first goal of the season.

Pressley’s goal went on to be named the NWSL Goal of the Week, while Aubrey Bledsoe’s 40th-minute stop earned Save of the Week honors. Bledsoe, who has played in seven matches this season, has already won the award three times and has racked up a 4-3-1 record.

In addition to tying the Club’s record for goals in a match, the Pride set a new benchmark for shots in a game (25) and shots on target (11). Alex Morgan also totaled seven shots over her 90 minutes, matching her single-game high and tying her own Orlando record.

The Red Stars retained second place in the standings with last week’s draw against Sky Blue FC, but were forced to settle for a point after Sam Kerr scored in the 90th minute for Sky Blue FC, ending the match at 2-2. Christen Press and Sofia Huerta scored for the Red Stars.

It will be the second straight week the Pride’s opponent is coming off a disappointing result at the hands of Sky Blue, after Kansas City dropped all three points in the match preceding the July 15 contest.

In the last meeting between Orlando and Chicago, the Pride dominated the match at Orlando City Stadium but were unable to find the back of the net. Morgan made her 2017 debut in the contest, but Chicago was awarded a penalty kick in the 68th minute. Press’ goal from the spot proved to be the difference.

After Saturday’s match, the NWSL will see a bye week for the first-ever Tournament of Nations, a round-robin tournament featuring the USA, Australia, Brazil and Japan. Seven Pride players will take part in the tournament with Morgan, Ali Krieger (USA), Kennedy, Steph Catley (Australia), Marta, Monica and Camila (Brazil) all called to represent their countries.

The Pride return to Orlando City Stadium on Aug. 5 to host the Red Stars in the second leg of the home-and-home series. The match will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available at or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

Tips on Traveling for Soccer Tournaments

Is it time to start thinking about packing for upcoming soccer tournaments? Are you trying to figure out how to make sure the kids are prepared, but also entertained during the ride? The experts in Orlando women’s soccer at QueensCast have some tips to make the trips easier, the bags better packed, and the player ready to go.

Pack with Preparation

A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to packing for soccer tournaments. If you can create a list of the essentials that will be required during each trip, that will make every time you have to pack that much easier. This list will include items like equipment (uniform, shoes, water bottles), food, and fun stuff! Let’s take a closer look at each of these categories.


Before you even arrive at the tournament, snacks are going to be a MUST while traveling and right before the game. Bring a mixture of snack items: both healthy choices and a few snacks that you know the kids really love. Avoid bringing snacks that melt easily. If you are traveling through an airport, keep the liquid rules in mind when packing a snack bag. If you want to save some money, pack an empty water bottle. Then, when anyone gets thirsty, they can fill the water bottle using a water fountain rather than purchasing pricey airport beverages.


Whether flying or driving, younger kids are going to need some way to be entertained. If players can carpool, they can likely entertain each other! Additionally, you can bring small games, like cards, or a tablet that has books, music, or games preloaded. Kids can also bring homework if the tournament is expected to last the entire weekend before the return to school.


This is probably the most important group of items that parents and players need to remember to pack. This includes the player’s jersey, shorts, socks, and warm-ups. If you are traveling a long distance, make sure to pack this equipment in a carry on or in a bag that is easily accessible in the car. You’d also need to bring shin guards, cleats, and a ball.

In addition to these packing tips, always be prepared with directions printed just in case a technological malfunction occurs. Tournaments can be a wonderful experience for the whole family, especially if you start the trip prepared. Interested in more soccer tips? Continue to check back to QueensCast, experts in Orlando women’s soccer.

Orlando Pride Seeks First Win Over FC Kansas City on Saturday

Orlando Pride returns to Orlando City Stadium on Saturday night, hosting FC Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. ET. After falling in its last two matches at home, Orlando aims to get back to its winning ways in front of its supporters in the team’s first home night match of the season.

Tickets for Saturday’s match are available at or by calling (855) ORL-CITY. The game will be broadcast live on the go90 app, at or at

“We need to [get back on track]. Not only have we had two losses at home, we haven’t scored in two games at home. We scored nine goals in three games away from home. We’re a goal scoring team and we create chances and we need to do that at home. We need to do it, firstly, to get points. This for me is one of those ‘must-win’ games,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said.  “Secondly, we need to perform in front of our spectators. We have an unbelievable group of fans and we need to put a show on for them and part of that is to score goals.”

The Pride earned a point on the road last week after Marta scored her second NWSL brace, capitalizing on a 10th minute penalty kick and a 56th minute half-volley for her seventh and eighth goals of the season. Despite going up 1-0, and regaining a 2-1 lead after Mallory Pugh scored in the 24th minute, Orlando was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw following a penalty kick call in the 90th minute. Pugh scored her second of the match from the spot for the tie.

Forward Alex Morgan earned her first start of the season in the match, playing 63 minutes before being replaced by rookie Rachel Hill. It was the third straight road match in which the Pride earned points, dating back to a June 17th 4-2 win at the Houston Dash.

FC Kansas City heads to Orlando City Stadium looking to bounce back from perhaps its toughest loss of the season, a 3-2 loss to Sky Blue FC. The Blues held a 2-0 lead for most of the match, but Sky Blue's Sam Kerr exploded for a hat trick in the final 12 minutes of the match to steal all three points.

The visiting team will be without starting forward Shea Groom, who picked up a straight red card late in the first half of last week’s match. However, Kansas City still boasts U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux up top and defender Becky Sauerbrunn leading the backline.

The two sides met once already this season, playing to a 1-1 draw at Swope Soccer Village on May 7. Marta scored her first goal of the season in the match.

With eight goals on the year, Marta currently sits second in the league behind Kerr and Seattle Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who both have nine goals.

Next week, the Pride head to Toyota Park to face off against the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime. Kickoff for the July 22 match is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.