A parry in soccer is when a goalkeeper blocks an attempt on goal but does not manage to hold on to the ball. Not to be confused with a save, parrying is a different technique used by the goalkeeper to regain control of the ball in play whilst also giving up possession of the ball.

A parry in soccer is typically performed by the goalkeeper hitting or punching the ball away from the goal to block it from entering the net.

By parrying the ball, the goalkeeper allows the ball to remain in play as a free-for-all, as it is’t considered a save.

Parrying is a technique that can either help out a goalkeeper’s team or delay an inevitable goal against them. As parrying isn’t considered a save, the ball is free to be kicked into the net as soon as it is batted away by the goalkeeper, as possession is passed back to the players on the pitch.