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PanenkaA type of penalty made by kick the ball soft and over the goalkeepers head; also known as penalty chip; named after Czech international Antonin Panenka who was famous for leading his country to the 1976 European Championship titlePass and moveAn offensive soccer strategy where a players constantly pass the ball and move into different positions PedaladaA move made up of numerous step-overs that confuses a defenderPenalty(a) A short reference to the penalty kick;(b) The punishment given by a referee to an offending teamPenalty arcThe half-circle at the top of the penalty area, an attacker fouled in this spot will be awarded with a penalty kickPenalty areaThe big rectangular area at the end of each field where a goalkeeper can handle the ball legally: it measures 18 by 44 yards; also called the penalty box, 18-yard box, or boxPenalty kickA kick awarded to a team if any of its players is fouled inside the opposing team’s penalty areaPenalty shootoutsA method of deciding a winner in a football match if the scores are still even after overtime; each member of both teams take turns at attempting to score a penalty shotPenalty spotThe bold circle in front of the goal where the ball is placed during penalty kicks: it is 12 yards from the goal linePenalty takerThe player assigned to take the penalty kick; this task is often relegated to the captainPFCAn abbreviation which stands for “professional football club”PichichiThe top-scorer in a La Liga season; equivalent to the capocannoniere in Serie APinnieSleeveless vests worn above the shirt during training sessionsPitchAlternate term for the soccer field; also called field, field of play, turfPKAbbreviation of penalty kickPlacementThe accuracy of a shot or pass: a well-placed pass or shot reaches its intended targetPlay onA term which means that a referee allows game to continue because he saw no foul or that he believes that stopping play would be advantageous to the offending teamPlay on the breakAlternate term for counter-attacking footballPlayer of the YearA short reference to the FIFA World Player of the Year, an individual award given to the player considered as the best for a given year; the winner is decided by votes from coaches and captains of international squadsPlayer-managerA player who fulfills both playing and managing roles for a team: typically happens when the regular manager is sacked and the chairman refuses to manage the teamPlaymakerA player, typically a midfielder, who controls the tactical flow of his teamPlayoffThe series of games played to determine a championshipPoints systemA method used in league competitions in which a team is awarded with points after each game; a win is worth three points, a draw is given one point, and a loss is given no pointPossessionThe state of having the ballPossession playAn offensive tactic where a team tries to maintain possession of the ball while getting nearer the opponents’ goalPostsA short reference to the goalpostsPreliminary matchA match that determines which team advances into the next stage of a tournamentPremier LeagueThe highest football league competition in England, the biggest in the world with Serie A in Italy and La Liga in SpainPremiershipAlternate term for the Premier LeaguePressureFor defenders, to go closer to the man with the ball in order to distract him or limit his optionsPrimera DivisionThe top division in the football league system of Spain, more popularly known as La LigaProfessional Footballers AssociationThe association of professional soccer players in England and WalesProfessional foulA foul made to prevent opponents from scoring: usually punishable by a red cardPromotionIn many football-playing nations, the clubs are segregated into different “divisions”; the top levels are where the best teams play; a promotion simply means moving up from one division into a higher one; the opposite of promotion is relegation PuntA move for goalkeepers: to send the ball upfield by picking it up and kicking itPush passTo pass the ball using the inside of the foot, which appears like the player is pushing the ballPush-and-runAn offensive technique where a player gives the ball to a teammate then gets it back after going past the opposing defense; also called one-two or wall pass