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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clean Sheet: When a goalkeeper doesn’t let the other team score, the goalkeeper’s team has a “clean sheet.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.