Hello class. Your fun-loving pal Professor Striker is back again. Today I am going to start to teach you some terms that are unique to the great sport of soccer. If you will kindly take your seats we can begin.
A soccer field has a lot of lines on it that mark certain areas. Some of these lines help the players know what part of the field is in play and which area of the field is out of play.
The terms we are going to learn today all have to do with how to re-start a soccer match when the soccer ball goes out of play.
Throw-In – When the ball goes outside of the field of play on either side of the field a throw-in is used to begin action again. When a member of one team knocks the ball out of play a member of the other team gets to throw it back into play. This is the only time during a soccer match that any player other than the goalie is allowed to use their hands.
Corner Kick – When the ball goes out of play over the goal line of a soccer field, but not into the goal, off of a member of the defending team the offensive team is given a corner kick.
The ball is placed at the corner of the field closest to where it went out of play. A player from the offensive team then gets to kick the ball back into play near the defending team’s goal. They do their best to kick the ball in an area that will give one of their teammates a chance to score.
Goal Kick – When the ball goes out of play over the goal line of a soccer field, but not into the goal, off of a member of the offensive team the defensive team is given a goal kick.
The ball is placed anywhere inside the goalie box. The goalie of the defensive team then gets to kick the ball back into play. They do their best to kick the ball to a member of their own team.
That’s your lesson for today. Your homework is to get outside and play some soccer!