Freedom Futbol Club Terminology on Offense
Back: A quick way of informing teammates with a ball, or who are receiving a ball, that an opposing player is behind them and the better option for him or her is to start over by passing the ball back to his or her teammate.
Ball: A demand for the ball to be passed to you.
Check-in: A call to a teammate to check-in to the player with the ball to provide an option or drag an opposing player with him or her to create space.
Check-out, check-in: A call to a teammate without the ball to move away from the player with the ball first to drag the opposing player with him or her and to check-in to provide an option.
Go at him/ her: This alerts the player with the ball to go one on one against the opposing defender.
“Have it” or “Have one”: Tells the player dribbling the ball to shoot.
Man-on: Indicates that the player with the ball has pressure coming his or her way.
Movement: Informs the players without the ball to move around and create space for themselves and their teammates (generally announced during a throw-in or set piece).
One-two: Alerts the player who is receiving a pass to pass it back to the teammate who gave him the ball (wall pass).
Overlap: The player without the ball must call for the overlap play as he is running around his or her teammate with the ball and creates the run to be used as a passing option or decoy.
Show: A call for teammates without the ball to provide an option for their teammate with the ball at their feet.
Switch: Alerts player with the ball to take a peek at the opposite side of the field and highly consider giving a long pass to a teammate at them or into space.
Time: Informs the player who is receiving the ball that he or she does not have any pressure coming his or her way at that moment.
Through: Tells the player with the ball to give a through ball and lead their teammate into space.
Turn: A call to a teammate that it is safe to turn with the ball (the player passing the ball should be the first to tell his or her teammate to turn after receiving the pass).
Freedom Futbol Club Terminology on Defense
Contain: This lets the defensive player know to slow down the opposing player with the ball by staying in front of him/her without stabbing.
First and second ball: To win the first 50/50 and the one right after in order to posses the ball in your team’s favor.
Get stuck in: Refers to tackling with aggressiveness with the intent to win the ball.
Get your shape: Calls for the defensive players to regroup themselves, get back in their defensive positions, be defensively disciplined, and collectively look to win the ball.
Keeper: A goal keeper’s call for the ball and a verbal signal to his or her teammates to move out of the way and cover the goal.
“Left Shoulder” or “Right Shoulder”: A defensive call to a teammate to look over their left shoulder or right shoulder because there is an opposing mark that they have to cover. The most effective way to use this is by saying the teammate’s name first and then telling them which shoulder to check.
No turn: This informs a defensive player to apply pressure to the opponent with the ball and not let him or her turn.
Pressure: Alerts the closest defender to the ball to step and immediately pressure the opposing player with the ball at their feet
Pressure-cover: Lets the closest players to the ball know that one must immediately pressure the ball and the second defender should position himself/herself behind the first defender for support
Shadow: A defensive call to a defender pressuring the attacking player with the ball to contain him/her and not stab or dive in
Shift: Both a defensive and offensive call to the team to move as a unit according to where the ball is on the field.
Step: Alerts the defensive line, midfield line, and forward line to step and either pressure the ball or close the gaps in each third of the field.
(Player’s Name) ball: For example, “Mike’s ball”: This method of communication lets teammates know that the player who announces his own or her own name is calling to win the ball. In this case, there is no confusion over someone saying “I got it.”