Soccer By Bailey Turpyn

Soccer

What sport uses your feet, and not your hands? Well that sport is soccer, or known to most people outside of the United States as futbol. Soccer is the most watched and played sport. There are many positions and skills to this sport. Soccer is a sport that takes a lot of practice. You will learn about topics such as positions and their purpose, equipment needed, and how to play. The key to soccer is at your finger tips.

Positions

Soccer is a sport loved by many people around the world. In order to play you have to know the positions. The first position is the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper is basically the man of the team. He tells the players where to go, and is also the only player on the pitch aloud to use his hands. They can dive, punch, or hit the ball. There is only one goalkeeper on at a time. The position in front of the goalkeeper is the defenders. The defenders try to keep the opposing team from getting a goal, or even near the goal. There are usually 2-3 defenders on the field. The next position is the midfielders. Midfielders are responsible for being both offense and defense. There can usually be 1-4 midfielders. The position above the midfielders is the offense. The offense does most of the scoring. They play up front and usually receive passes from midfielders to score goals. There are usually 1-4 offense players on at a time. These are all the positions to soccer.

Equitment

Soccer is a fun sport, but it requires the proper equipment. The first thing you will need is a soccer ball. Soccer balls are the object you play with, so you need one if you want to play. The second piece of equipment is a soccer kit. A soccer kit includes a jersey, shorts, and long socks. The jersey tells you what team you are on and what your number is. The jersey usually has cool colors. The shorts ussualy match your jersey with the same color. The socks hold your shin guards and are usually the same color as your jersey. The shin guards are for ankle and knee protection. You need the protection because there is a lot of takling and kicking in soccer. Another piece of equipment you will need are cleats. Cleats are like shoes but have studs on the bottom. The studs dig into the ground and help with shooting. If you are a goalkeeper you will need goalie gloves, which give you a better grip on the ball. You will also need a goalie jersey which makes you stand out from the rest of the team. It also gives you protection. That is the basic equipment you will need for soccer.

Rules

Soccer has many rules, here are some of them. The first rule is you can not use your hands. The other team will be rewarded with a penalty or free kick. The second rule is, throw in's occur when one team kicks the ball out of one of the two touch lines. Another rule is no jewelry can be worn on the pitch. It can cause injury's. Another rule is you can not score from a throw in. The next rule states that the other team must be at least 10 yards away during a free kick. Another rule is offsides. Offsides is when a player gets a pass from another player while past the other team's defense. This rule says if the other team kicks the ball past the goal line the other team is rewarded with a goal kick. The second to last rule is, if one of the teams score a goal, the team scored on starts at the center circle for the kick off. The last basic rule is if one team kicks the ball past there goal line, the other team gets a corner kick. Those are someone of the basic rules of soccer.

Over all, soccer is a really fun sport. All you need to know is the positions, proper equipment, and the rules. Go outside and find a ball, and get four cones and you have a soccer field. You can play with friends and family. In conclusion, join the millions who love soccer, and start playing today!

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