Advanced Soccer Action Terms. Banana Kick – a kick that curves such that it take the shape of a banana. This is usually attempted on a corner kick to curve the ball from the corner directly into the goal. Bicycle Kick – when a player kicks the ball in mid-air backwards and over their own head, usually making contact above waist level. Not too frequent at the youth level!
The player leans sideways, throws his legs upward, and volleys the ball forward with a scissor-like motion as the kicking leg passes forward over the other leg. Not to be confused with the Bicycle...
Corner kick: When the ball travels out of bounds over either end line, the result is a free kick, either awarded to the defending team or the attacking team. When the ball travels across the end line and was last touched by a defender, the attacking team is awarded a free kick from the corner flag on the side of the goal that the ball traveled out of bounds on.
Indirect Kick: A free kick that must be touched by one other person (from either team) before it can result in a goal. This kick cannot enter the goal straight off the shot and be called a goal.
Push Kick. The most basic skill that any soccer player, no matter their age, size or ability level has to master is the Push Kick. Using the Push Kick is how the soccer ball should be moved down the field, as it allows for you to accurately pass it to a teammate.
Direct kick: A unguarded kick awarded following severe fouls, such as kicking, tripping, jumping at, charging, striking, pushing, holding or spitting at an opponent. When tackling an opponent, the player must first make contact with the ball or a direct kick results.
Direct Free Kick: A free kick in which a goal may be scored by the player taking the free kick. Dribble: Keeping control of the ball while running. Dummy Run: A run by a player without the ball, to lure defenders away from the ball carrier. Far Post: The goalpost farthest from the ball.
The ball must touch another player prior to scoring a goal. Kick-off - a kick from the middle of the soccer field that starts play. This takes place at the start of the period of play or after a goal. Marking - When a defender covers an offensive player without the soccer ball.