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What You Need To Know To Effectively Coach Soccer

Jan 25, 2008
Before a person decides that he will become a soccer coach he should have a full understanding of what the game entails and the importance of the game. What was once just an all American sport has diversified into one of the most popular game on a global level. There are not many countries that have not embraced a soccer team and are enjoying the sport. There is a very interesting history surrounding soccer for it has been around since the Chinese and Japanese dynasties introduced it in the 1500's. Rome also has something very similar to soccer but it does not go by that name. However there have since been many sports that are similar to soccer and require a ball to be kicked across a field to score a goal.

In 1863 the rules that are followed still today on an international basis were revised. These rules and regulations that were set forth are what have made the sport grow in such popularity. As a matter of fact, the sport of soccer has become an international event where the greatest achievement is to win the World Cup. The basics of soccer are to begin with two teams that each have eleven players. The playing area is a rectangular piece of grass and the players will use a soccer ball while using only their feet and objectively move the ball across the field in an attempt to score a goal. At each end of the field there are goal markers which are guarded by goalies whose main job is to guard the net so no balls can enter. The ball is in constant motion at all times. Soccer comes with what is referred to as the "Laws of the game." These consist of seventeen major rules that must be abided by in an official soccer game. Although some referees may be a bit more flexible than others, the concept and integrity of the game must always be followed. These rules are designed to keep the game fair. Soccer is a game that has evolved through out history and throughout people has flocked to watch the game. The game of soccer is as strong now as it was centuries ago.

The basic equipment that is worn during a game of soccer is a jersey, a pair of shorts, shin guards, stockings, and adequate footwear. Goalkeepers wear colors that differentiate them from the other players. In order for a goal to be scored the ball must pass over the goal line, between the goalposts, and under the crossbar.

Free kicks are awarded at the discretion of the referees. These would be equivalent to a penalty shot in another sport such as hockey or basketball. These are usually granted when there is inappropriate action from someone on the other team such as kicking or an attempt to kick an opponent, trips, jumping, charges, strikes, or pushes from an opponent. Another reason that a referee may offer a free kick would be if an opponent tackles to gain the ball, holds or spits at an opponent, or if they were to handle the ball on purpose.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his 18 year old son in Jensen Beach, Florida. Find more about coaching as well as soccer equipment at http://www.nsearch.com
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