Learn How To Play Soccer

By: Shane Wilson

Soccer has been around for ages and is loved by many millions of people. In recent times, the popularity of soccer has risen and shows no sign of slowing down. More and more people are wanting to learn how to play soccer and with a few quick pointers they can be in no time.

There are no preset rules that say you have to join a league or get involved in a club to play soccer. Soccer can be played with friends, family or on a team in your own backyard, if there's room. Though there is a standard team member size of 11 in most leagues, you can play soccer with as little as 2 people. 2 people can simply play together and try and get past the opposing player and score a goal.

If you choose to gather a few friends and family or even start a team that will play in a league, then you'll need 11 players. In soccer you have a standard lineup consisting of 4 forwards, 4 mid fielders and two defenders. The goalie is not counted in the basic lineup as he is always in the same position, guarding the goal.

On a standard field, the width is 64 meters and the length is 110 meters.

Some fields vary but this is the standard. On either end of the field there is a goal box where the goalie resides during play. He can venture out of the box in some instances to defend but that is only out of necessity.

While playing soccer, only the goalie can use his hands and only when he is within the goalie box. The goalie box is about 16 meters deep from the goal line, or edge of the field, and is roughly 50 meters wide. He can use his hands anywhere within that box. If any other team member touches the ball with his hands either on purpose or accident, a penalty is called and the other team will take possession of the ball at the spot of the violation.

The main goal of soccer is to try and score on the opposing players goal. This can be done by dribbling the ball, passing the ball to fellow players and then actually shooting on goal. The team that is defending will try and stop the opposing team by dribbling, passing and clearing the ball. Clearing the ball is when the defending team retrieves possession of the ball and kicks it to the opposing teams side of the field.

One point is awared to each successful goal in soccer. The standard time for a regulation soccer game is 1 and a half hours consisting of two 45 minute halves. The team with the most points at the end of regulation wins. If both teams are tied then there will be a two overtime rounds of 15 minutes with the first team to score winning. If no team scores in the overtime period then comes what is called sudden death. In sudden death each team is given 5 free shots on goal to try and get the ball past the goalie for a score. This will continue until either team has outscored the opponent or the game is called as a tie by the officials.

Soccer can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a great sport for bonding with friends and family and building great teamwork skills. AlsoScience Articles, soccer is a great way to get in and stay in shape. Who would have guessed playing a simple game of soccer is a great way to get in shape?

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