Canadian loyalties are divided. Normally, June is a month for diehard hockey fans to follow every deke and slapshot of the Stanley Cup finals. But with the Canadian teams long gone, many are switching their attention to the World Cup of soccer.
For the uninitiated, it can be a confusing game, especially the lingo. Here’s a primer:
Creating space: leaving an area of the field in order to draw the defence away
Nutmeg: to dribble the ball between the legs of a defender Juggling: bouncing the ball in the air
using feet, thighs, chest and head Tackling: taking the ball away from an opponent by sliding into the ball Sweeper: the last line of defence before the goalie
Booking: recording a yellow card, a warning for unacceptable conduct, or a red card, game expulsion after two yellows or extremely bad behav-
iour, in the referee’s penalty book Flat back four: type of zone defence that involves four defenders each responsible for an area of the field Fingerspitzengefühl: how referees should handle their games-using intuition and letting players set the direction-which comes from the German for “feeling in the fingertips.”
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