I have played football
since I can remember, and did so all over the United States.
After High School, I came very near to playing in university or internationally
. Instead, I played on several groups at one time, and coached. I really enjoyed
coaching, but the age group (U14, as in 13-14 year old girls) proved to be more trying
than anything. The girls did not have the soul that I had at their age. I moved down rather
quickly.I also was a referee for a few years, starting when I was 12 or so. I still play soccer recreationally, and wish to coach once again sometime in the future
.Soccer is a excellent sport
for a child to play. Not only does it teach and foster group interaction, it keeps kids in form
, and is great for people of all abilities and skill levels
. If you feel as though your child is not prepared to play on a team, coaches, schools, groups, YMCA’s, and other companies offer one-on-one training and soccer classes
.Whatever your age , soccer – as with anything – does take practice. Along with exercise
, one must have determination, and knowledge of the basic rules of the game.Rules of the Game – Before it starts
The game consists of two sections
. The time of the sections depends on the age group. A standard person game is 90 minutes
long, with two 45 minute halves. Half time is commonly 5 or 15 minutes,
also depending on the age group and team.Teams are comprised of at least 11 players
as eleven players must be on the field at all moments, for each team. To have more players is effective, as it enables for substitutions. The eleven players will include a goal tender, protection, midfield, and offense
be in complete uniform. Team uniforms must match
. Each player must have leg guards and shoes, which cannot have steel spikes. Goalies may wear a different colored shirt
than the rest of the team, but cannot match the other team. Also, goalies are allowed to wear gloves. As with cleats, they may not be created of components that could be harmful to other players
Each team has a designated side of the field for the entire first half of the game. Teams switch sides for the 2nd half of the game. Their designated side is the side in which they play protection.
The starting side is chosen during a coin toss previous to kick off. A leader from each team will meet the referees in the middle of the field, or on the sidelines One will call the coin in the area. The winner chooses which side of the field his/her team will defend.
There are usually 3 referees. One is the center. He/she has the whistle and the final say. The other two are linesmen or associate referees. They are allowed flags, for offering guidelines to the center.
Linesmen advise the referee of off sides, if the ball is out of play and anything else that the center may miss, like a obvious foul. Referees wear unique uniforms that come in a wide range of colors, to easily separate themselves from players.