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Right Defensive Midfielder. (See "Formations"). Right is as you face the other team's goal.

Ready Position
The goalkeeper's basic stance (knees bent & hands up) when the ball is within shooting distance of the goal.

When your team shoots, it is important for the F's & MF's to "go to goal" & get in position near the goal for a "rebound". A rebound will occur when a shot hits the goal or when the goalkeeper blocks a shot. However, your players should not go too close or the rebound will bounce behind them. When this happens, they not only don't have a shot, but they actually are in the way of their teammates who are trying to take a shot. (i.e., They are between the ball & the goal & blocking their teammate's ability to take a shot. It's almost like giving the other team a defender). Tell your players to not run into the Goal Box until they see where the rebound is going (remind them that they can run forward a lot faster than they can run backward). Also, teach them to aggressively try to win the ball back if an opponent other than the goalkeeper gets the ball near the other team's goal (e.g., from a rebound or a turnover). This can be a great scoring opportunity if you can steal the ball back &, if you accidentally foul, the free kick is too far away from your goal to score.

(aka "Recovering Run"). Refers to players running to get "goalside" when their team loses the ball so they can take up defensive positions. In recreational soccer, if the other team has a fast break, defenders will often kick the ball out of bounds so the defense has time to "recover". (See "Shift & Sag" and "Cover").

Recreational Soccer
(aka "Rec" soccer). There are 2 types of youth soccer, recreational and select (which is also called travel soccer). "Recreational" soccer is what most youth participate in. There are usually fall and spring seasons, the sponsoring organization lines up the coaches & recruits the players, during the season there is usually one game per week, fun & good sportsmanship are stressed & each player plays at least 50% of each game. Coaches are usually parent volunteers. Rec teams often practice only once per week. (See "Select Soccer").

Red Card
Means a player is ejected from the game & may not be replaced (i.e., his team must "play short"). A red card does not have to be preceded by a "Yellow Card". (See "Cards and "Rules").

To change the path of a moving ball by deflecting it (e.g., at the high school level, many goals are scored by a player using his head to redirect a chip pass).

Most youth games have one referee on the field, called a "Center Referee", who is the referee-in-charge and 2 Assistant Referees. (See "Assistant Referee").

Refers to allowing a FB or the Sweeper to come into the attack if they have the ball and can penetrate. This can be very effective and creates scoring opportunities by overloading the opponent's defense. For example, "They allow the Sweeper to release into the attack". (See "Attacking").

Many professional leagues such as the English Premier League and the Italian Serie A use a system of "relegation & promotion" where the teams finishing lowest in the standings are relegated to a lower, less prestigious division and the top teams in the lower division (e.g., Division I in England) are "promoted" and move up to play in the better league. Relegation is bad; promotion is good.

Re Start
Any time play is stopped & restarted (e.g., a corner kick, goal kick, free kick, or kickoff). (See "Set Play").

Reverse Pass
A lateral (sideways) pass to a player who is trailing to one side. This is not a backward or back heel pass. It is often played to space in front of the teammate who is coming up from behind & may go slightly backward. (See "Back Pass").

Right Forward. Right is as you face the other team's goal. (See "Positions" and "Forwards").

Right Fullback. (See "Positions" and "Fullbacks").

Right Midfielder. (See "Positions" and "Midfielders").

Right Offensive Midfielder. (See "Formations").

Run of Play
(aka "Flow of Play") Refers to goals scored during normal play, as opposed to PK's or shootouts. (e.g., "He scored 4 goals, all in the run of play".)

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