As the 2015 FIFA corruption scandal continues to unfold, the FIFA Women’s World Cup started yesterday in Canada and will continue through July 5. This year, 24 teams will compete, up from the previous 19-nation competition.
From the AP, this list of terms will get you started with your soccer coverage:
A kick awarded to a team if its player is fouled by an opponent anywhere on the field except for the two penalty areas near the goals. The kick can either be direct (able to shoot straight into the net) or indirect (cannot shoot into the net).
“What is offside?” is often the test question to identify true soccer fans. Offside occurs when a player is nearer to his opponent’s goal line than the second-to-last opponent when a ball is passed to him by a teammate. It does not apply if the player is in his half of the field. A free kick is awarded to the opposing team at the place where the offside happened.
A refereeing decision awarded if a player from the defensive team fouls a player from the attacking team inside the penalty area. The attacking team chooses a player to have a free shot at goal from the penalty spot, 12 yards from the goal line.
When a player restarts play by throwing the ball back onto the pitch from its perimeter. The player must keep both feet on the ground and have both hands behind his head as he throws the ball.
A kick taken from the corner of the field by an attacking player. Awarded when the ball has passed over the goal line after last touching a defensive player. The shot is taken from the corner nearest to where the ball went out.
Issued to a player who commits a serious foul or who has been issued with two yellow cards in the same game. The player must leave the field and cannot be replaced.
A foul awarded when a player deliberately touches the ball with his hand or any part of his arm.
A formal term for when a player dives to the ground or attempts to deceive the referee into awarding a penalty. This offense can result in a yellow card.
A pass that a player makes back toward his own goal, to the goalkeeper on his team. The goalkeeper is unable to pick up the ball if the pass comes from the player’s foot.
When a player passes the ball to a teammate, who then returns it to the same player with his first touch. A move usually done on the run, making it hard to defend against.
A line of defensive players that protects the team’s goalkeeper at a free kick.
The U.S. team faces off against Australia tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.