The Basics And The Beauty Of Soccer

October 12, 2009


All parents want their children to learn the social skills required to survive in today’s society. They want their children to learn discipline, respect, sharing and the art of making new friends. In addition to developing mental strength, parents also want their children to be strong and healthy.

So, what’s the answer? Soccer! Soccer allows children and teenagers to develop social skills, have fun and stay fit, all at the same time.

Despite it being the most played game in the world though, many people, especially those in the U.S. are unsure how to play it. Don’t worry though, you can quickly learn the basics of it.

Soccer is a game of two forty-five minute halves. Kicking the ball into the goal of the opposing team as many times as possible within this time limit is the objective of both teams.

The team with the most goals as the end of the match is declared the winner. The match is a draw if the teams have scored an equal amount of goals or if both teams fail to score. If a draw occurs, a penalty shootout may take place, which involves each team having 5 shots at goal and the team scoring the most from those shots being declared the winner.

There are eleven players on each team. One of these eleven is given the role of goalkeeper and they must try to stop the ball passing over their teams goal line.

The goalkeeper is the only player who can use his hands to touch the ball, all the other players commit a foul if they do this. The role of the other other ten players on the team is dependent on the particular approach decided upon by the coach of the team.

Aside from the goalkeeper, a soccer team consists of defenders, midfielders and strikers. The defenders station themselves in front of their goal and, as the name suggests, protect and defend their goal and goalkeeper.

The midfielders are the link between the defenders and the strikers. They operate in the middle of the park and conduct the pace and tempo of the game. They offer support to the defenders while supplying the service to the strikers.

The forwards also known as the strikers are given the job of scoring goals. These players make up the offensive side of the field. The strikers predominately take the most shots and score the most goals. Most soccer parents want their child to be a striker because this position gets the most attention and recognition.

There’s no need to worry about the cost of soccer either as the only thing that is needed to play is a ball. There will already be regular games taken place in your local area and you should be able to easily find out where they are taking place by asking the sports teacher at your child’s school.

Soccer is fast becoming a mass phenomenon with the soccer community growing exponentially with no end in sight. Will you be a part of the ride? You may even have the next David Beckham without yet knowing it!

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