Soccer

 

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In today’s class, we will be talking about soccer. Enjoy the class!

Soccer

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The word “soccer,” which is believed to have originated in Britain some 200 years ago, comes from the official name of the sport, “association football.” Like other versions of the game evolved to include Rugby Football, it is believed the Brits adopted colloquialisms to distinguish each game.

Laws of the game continues

  • Fouls and misconduct:

Misconduct is where a player deliberately targets a player and then pushes, holds, kicks him/her away.  Fouls occur when the action is accidental when the player is trying to get the ball from his/her opponent.

Fouls occur only when the ball is in play and misconduct can occur at any time.   At the youth level most fouls are due to pushing, tripping, holding which result in a free-kick.   Besides, handballs or charging are called at this level as well.  If the foul is serious or a player has been warned several times for offences the referee can penalize with a yellow or red card in addition to a free or penalty kick.

  • Free Kicks:

There are two types of free-kicks: direct and indirect. An indirect free-kick is a free-kick that cannot be taken towards the goal it must go to another player in the hope of setting up a goal.  If a player scores directly from an indirect free kick, without another player touching the ball, the goal won’t stand.   A direct kick is where the kicker can score without first passing to another player.  A free-kick is taken where the penalty took place.  At the youth level most, free kicks are classified as indirect.

  • Penalty kicks:

A penalty kick is a direct free-kick from the penalty spot and is awarded for a major foul or handball committed by a defensive player in his penalty area.  The game is restarted with one of the attacking team’s players shooting for goal from the penalty spot, which is 12 yards out from goal, with just the goalkeeper defending the goal. Everyone else must sit outside the box and can only move towards the ball once it is kicked. So, if the penalty is saved by the goalkeeper or strikes the bar, a player could run from the edge of the box and gain possession

  • The throw-in:

A throw-in occurs when the balls go out of play over the sidelines.  The opponent of the player who last touched the ball will get the throw in to restart the game.  It is important that the player keeps both feet on the ground, two hands on the ball and the throw must come from behind the player’s head.  Failing to follow these rules could result in the opposing team getting the ball.  Some leagues don’t enforce this rule or give the player two chances.

  • The Goal Kick:

The goal kick is awarded to the defending team if the attacking team sends the ball over the defending team’s goal line. The game is restarted with the goalkeeper placing the ball in the goal box, and he/she or another player on the team kicks the ball up-field.   The goal kick must be powerful enough to pass the penalty area and the kicker may not touch the ball again until it has left the penalty area and has been touched another player on either team.  The goal kick acts as a direct free kick, so if a player would kick the ball so hard that it would reach the opposing team’s goal and score, the goal would count.

  • The Corner Kick:

A corner kick is awarded when the defending team kicks the ball over their goal line. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.  If the ball passes the line on the left of the goal, the corner is taken from the left corner and if it passes on the right, the corner is taken from the right corner.  The ball is placed in the corner arc before kicking. The player taking the corner kick may score directly from the kick and the kicker can’t play the ball a second time until it’s touched by another player.

 

In our next class, we will be talking about Performance and Practice of Soccer.  We hope you enjoyed the class.

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