To help my son understand his coach’s commands, my husband printed out a list of soccer terms and their Japanese equivalents. When he typed into Google Translate the word “matanuki” — the Japanese word for a maneuver known in English as a “nutmeg,” in which one player knocks the ball between the legs of another — it came up with “crotch punching.” Father and son relished that one for days.
A nutmeg (or tunnel, sometimes just meg in British English slang), is a playing technique used chiefly in association football, but also in field hockey, ice hockey, and basketball. The aim is to kick, roll, dribble or throw the ball between an opponent's legs (feet). It only counts if possession is retained after the ball has passed through the opponents legs. This can be done in order to pass to another player, to shoot on goal, or to carry on and retrieve it.