Soccer is the most widely played team game and most popular spectator sport in the world. Soccer was originally called Futbol. Soccer is considered to be a faster game than American Football because players must consistently shift their positions to receive or intercept passes. The “WORLD CUP” games are held every 4 years. The first women’s World Cup match was played in 1971 in Mexico City.
Rules of the Game
.Rules, Regulations, & Terms:
The game is played by 2 teams - 11 players on each team.
One point is awarded for each goal.
Goal-Kicks - are given to the defensive team when the offensive team kicks the ball over the opponents goal line.
Corner-Kicks - are given to the attacking team when the defensive team kicks the ball goes over their own goal line.
Throw-ins - are given when the ball over a side-line.
Off-side - offensive players without the ball must keep at least 2 players between them and the goal.
Ball Control - Maintaining Possession
Pass (Square Pass/Long Pass) and Receive (Trap) Dribble (Moving with the ball)
Offensive Strategies: 1. Change Speed 2. Change Direction 3. Juke or put on a move.
Support: 1. Move into open passing lanes 2. Spread the field (use the entire width of the field - DON'T CHJASE THE BALL..
1. Mark/guard a player. 2. Stay on GOAL SIDE (see the player and the ball on your side of the field you are defending.
Soccer Cues Square Pass Cues: Use the instep (just below and in front of the ankle) to strike the ball. Hit the top half of the ball to keep the ball on the ground. Trapping the Ball Cues: Move to the ball. Position body in front of the ball. Support Cues: Move quickly away from the defender. Move into an open passing lane (a space where there is no defender between the player with the ball and you). Throw-in Cues: Use two hands - the ball starts behind the head. Keep both feet on the ground. Follow through to target.