Verbal Cues

By popular demand, following is a list of verbal cues your players should be familiar with. They are brief, easy to understand signals soccer players use to communicate and direct play during game situations.  Go over these terms with your players so they will understand them and begin to shout them out during practices and games. 

Remember, Silent Saturday is coming up -- your kids are going to have to be able to communicate with each other since you'll be dummying up!
 
Time – don’t rush a kick; you have time to look around and pass
 
Drop – run backwards, with your eyes on the ball, to set up the defense
 
Turn – you are clear to turn and dribble
 
Man On! – opposing player closing in; pass or protect the ball
 
Numbers Up – we have an advantage; move toward the opposing goal
 
Same – don't interfere with your teammate
 
Open Up – run to an open space for a pass
 
Goal side – get between the ball and our goal
 
Look Square – pass to the teammate even with you
 
Trailing – teammate following behind you for support
 
Keeper! – goalkeeper's ball; let him/her get it
 
Overlap – coming around from behind you, looking for a pass
 
Wing or Line – send the ball out to a teammate on the touch line

Mark Up – step up to defend an open opposing attacker (especially during a corner kick)

Away! – clear the ball from in front of our goal
 
Pressure – defenders move up toward the half line
 
Settle – relax, there’s no one on you, start a new play
 
Cross – send the ball in front of the opposing goal from the wing
 
Carry – the way is open; run with the ball yourself
 
Switch – cross the ball to the opposite side of the field
 
Eyes – pick your head up and look around
 
Close – step up to delay an attacking player