Definition of dead-ball line in English:

dead-ball line

noun

Soccer
  • The part of the goal line to either side of the goal.

    • ‘The Lions managed to bundle Jean de Villiers over the dead-ball line after the Springbok centre had gathered right wing Breyton Paulse's kick.’
    • ‘Kalinichenko's set-piece was a bad ball from the moment it left his foot to the moment it crossed the dead-ball line without touching anyone else.’
    • ‘Salgado turns into Damien Duff, weaving into the box along the dead-ball line and leaving a trail of defenders in his wake.’