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Soccer Over The Top

“Over The Top” has 2 meanings:

1. It is most commonly used to mean a long lofted soccer ball that is kicked deep by defenders toward the other team’s soccer goal. This is a “direct” attacking style of play (sometimes called a “long ball” style) where the objective is to get the soccer ball away from your goal onto the other soccer team’s half of the field in hopes of gaining “territory” by winning the soccer ball and creating a scoring opportunity. It is the opposite of a controlled, indirect, posssession type of play that relies on many short passes. (See “Long-Ball Game“, “Direct Attack“, “Attacking” & “Counterattack“).

2. (aka Over The Ball). This phrase also refers to a dangerous tackle where a tackler’s foot goes over the top of the soccer ball & often cleats the ballhandler in the shin. A variation is when the defender raises his foot above the soccer ball so that if the attacker kicks the soccer ball he will be cleated. This is called “going over the ball”.

Soccer Cards

There are 2 colors of soccer cards which the referee will hold up to indicate serious soccer fouls or behavior which won’t be tolerated. He carries these cards in his shirt pocket, so if he reaches for his pocket it’s a bad sign for the player who committed the soccer foul. These cards are about the size of a playing card and one is yellow and the other is red. When a card is to be given (it isn’t actually given to the offending player, it is actually just shown to him and to everyone else) the referee will stop the socce game, call the player over, hold up the card and write the player’s name in his notebook. This is called booking the player and when it happens the player has been “booked”, (e.g., “she was booked”). Any time a Yellow or Red Card is shown, a “direct” or “indirect kick” will also be awarded. (See “Fouls“, “Deck” & “Booking“).