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Verbal Signs
You should encourage your players to talk to each other on the field. There are some typical terms that are used in certain circumstances. Some of these are:
"Man On" (See "Man On")
"Time" - Means a defender is not nearby & the ballhandler has time to dribble or look for a pass. (i.e., don't rush a play).
"Keeper" - The goalkeeper might yell this to let teammates know they should move aside & let him have the ball (i.e., so he can pick it up or catch a shot)
"Back" or "Drop" - Would be yelled by a "trailer" to let a teammate with the ball know that he has support behind him & can play the ball backward if needed.
"Carry" - Continue to dribble the ball.
"Pop It" - "Pass To Yourself".
"Send it" - Send a Through Ball.
"Switch" - (See "Switch")
The most useful of the above is "Keeper". It's hard to teach these. Perhaps the best thing is to introduce them by U-10 or U-12 & encourage talking in general. Small-sided games encourage talking & are another reason they are so beneficial. (See "Show For The Ball").

Vision
A player's ability (especially on offense) to see where other players are & passing opportunities, especially through passes & "passes to space" that create scoring opportunities. (See "Create").

Volley
To kick the ball while it is still in the air. If kicked in front with the "laces", it is called a "volley" or "instep volley"; if the ball is to one side it is called a "side volley"; if the inside of the foot is used it is an "inside-of-foot volley" (this might be used close to goal or for a short pass). A player should lock his ankle when volleying so the foot is firm. On a front volley, proper technique is to bring the foot to the height of the ball by raising the knee (so the portion of the leg between the knee & the ankle is vertical); the technique is different from a regular kick. (See "Half-Volley).

 
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