Soccer 101

Soccer 101

A Little History

To the rest of the world, soccer is called football because 90% of the game is played with your feet. American football the most popular sport in United States next to baseball and soccer is the most popular sport in the world. I first came to this country when I was 10 years old, and I was very shocked about the whole name change. In the United States, Soccer is quickly becoming a favorite.

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The US women’s team is responsible for a lot of the popularity of Soccer in the US. Most of the women players are from the bay area, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Northern California. US women’s national team has won the World Cup, and some Olympics national championships. They are ranked number one team in the world.

The Sport of Soccer is an Art Form

The art of soccer includes skillfulness. Ingenuity, Aptitude, craftsmanship, knowledge, experience, endurance, dexterity, mastery, knack. faculty, trickery, cunning. guile and cleverness.Despite the best attempts by writers, no single word can do justice to define the artistry of soccer. 

Americans were not used to watching it on TV. Maybe they think it’s boring because it’s not a high-scoring game like basketball or football. If you are a fan of the sport and you can really see the art form as it’s played on the field. When I was first introduced to the sport I was three years old. I grew up with a soccer ball in front of me, for some reason I decided that I wanted to be a goalkeeper. I would practice six to seven hours a day, every day. When we came to United States, I was introduced to American football which I really liked too.

Beach Soccer

I stayed in soccer, playing as a goalkeeper. By age 40 my career involved outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, and professional beach soccer. Beach soccer was the most interesting sport I ever played, and one of the most challenging. The most important thing to remember as a goalkeeper is that you must lead. Because you can, a field, and how to play. see the whole field from your position, you can control your defense and set the tone for the game. One of the reasons for the popularity of the sport, is the fact that it’s a cheap sport to start in. All you need is soccer ball, a field, and how to play.

Players and Equipment

Players must wear the same colored jerseys or shirts. All youth programs require shinguards to be worn by all players. Also make sure that you or your child, are wearing soccer cleats. The difference between soccer cleats and cleats for baseball or football, is that soccer cleats do not have a cleat in the front edge of the shoe – this is for safety.

The Referee

​The referee enforces the rules of the game. He also has help from his linesmen (or women). The duty of the linemen signal to the referee when the ball is out, to indicate a corner kick, or a goal kick, and also signals offsides and fouls or any misconduct to the referee. But the referee on the field makes the final decisions.

Duration of the Game

​The duration of the game depends on the age of the children. The adult game time is 90 minutes – with two 45 minutes halfs and a 15 minute halftime break. If an injury happens, the referee will decide if there is injury time added on to the regular game time which could be anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes or more.

​Scoring

A goal can only be scored if the entire balL goes completely over the outside edge of the goal line, under the crossbar or between the goalposts while it is in play. Any player can score a goal including the goalkeeper.

FIFA stands for Federation International Football Association.

The main competition organized by FIFA is the World Cup, which is held every four years. The best teams in the world compete. And every four years, it’s the biggest honor for your country and in football when the World Cup is played in your homeland.

Some of the Lucky Countries Include:

  • 1978 Argentina
  • 1982 Spain
  • 1986 England
  • 1990 Italy
  • 1994 USA
  • 1998 France
  • 2001 Japan/South Korea
  • 2006 Germany
  • 2010 South Africa
  • 2014 Brazil
  • 2018 Qatar

In 1994, the World Cup competed in the USA.

I had the privilege of practicing with some of the best teams in the world. The Russian National team stayed right here in my hometown, Santa Cruz California. The Brazilian national team stayed in Los Gatos California. In Brazil, soccer is as popular as American Football is here. So, of course, there are always bureau championships happening.Every country has their own club teams. here in the USA, We have MLS – (Major League Soccer) – we have some wonderful teams and the American players are finally starting to get paid as much is the players in Europe and other parts of the world.

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