Football Guide

Football Glossary, Letter V

Football terms alphabetical index


Nickname of the Croatian football team during the 1998 World Cup, their first and most successful World Cup


In football sense, the word simply means the place where a game will be played

Verrou sytem

A defensive fooball strategy popularized by Austrian coach Karl Rappan in the 1930s, credited as the predecessor of Italy’s catenaccio calcio


The ability to play different roles or in different parts of the field; also means the ability to use either foot

Video technology

As in other sports, the use of cameras and replays to assist the referee in making decisions; currently, video technology is not used in football except after the games to determine sanctions for unsportsmanlike conducts


A ball kicked in midair; striking the ball after it bounces off the ground is called a half-volley