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Soccer is a game of stamina and footwork where the object is to score goals.


Soccer positions (11):

  • Forwards: Offensive players trying to score goals

  • Halfback/Midfielders: Players in between forwards and fullbacks

  • Fullbacks/Defenders: Defensive players trying to protect the goal

  • Goalie: The last line of defense. They play in the goal and are the only ones who can use their hands (except for throw-ins).



version (ppt)

The team to last kick/touch the ball out of bounds loses possession. This results in a ….

  • Throw-In: if kicked out along the sidelines

    • The player throwing the ball in must use BOTH hands AND keep both feet on the ground while throwing the ball from behind and over the head

  • Goal Kick: if the offensive team kicks it out past the goal line

    • The ball will be placed on the side (left or right) of the goal where the ball went out, on the corner of the goal box and must be kicked out of the penalty area.

    • Note: The other team must be outside of the penalty area.

  • Corner Kick: if the defensive teams kicks it out past the goal line

    • The ball is placed in the corner arc at the intersection of the sideline and the goal line and the attacking team will kick the ball. The attacking teams’ players may place themselves anywhere on the field, but the opponents must remain 10 yards from the player kicking the ball into play.

Violations resulting in a free kick with defenders at least 10 yards away:
1) Handball
2) Tripping or rough play
3) Offsides
- A player is offsides if they are closer to the opponent’s goal than the ball and any opposing player (except the goalie) when the ball is kicked in their direction, i.e. toward their opponent’s goal line.
- Offsides in soccer is determined from when the ball is kicked rather than when the player receives the ball.

Inside of the foot "push" pass:

  • Face the target & "square up" so you, the ball & the target are in a straight line.

  • Place the non-kicking foot to the side of the ball, pointing toward the target. (The direction the plant foot points is important because that is the direction the hips will face). The plant foot can be toward the middle or back of the ball, whichever the player prefers.

  • Keep the knee of your plant leg bent a little, bend your kicking leg and take a short backswing

  • Contact the middle of the ball with the inside of your foot around the arch of the foot and below the anklebone.

  • Follow through with your kicking foot towards the target.

  • *For more consistency and power take a step into this motion

  • *For more loft, contact lower on the ball

Receiving a pass using the inside of your foot; “trapping”:

  • Receive the ball even with the toes of the “plant” foot (or a little in front).

  • Estimate how fast the pass is coming to you and stiffen or relax the receiving foot as the ball comes to you so it stops about one step away

  • Be sure the receiving foot is a couple inches off the ground (if you’re too low the ball will pop up)

  • Contact the ball on the back part of foot (under the anklebone), not near the toes.

  • If you want the ball to go to the left or right (instead of straight in front) you must angle your foot & contact the ball more in front or behind, depending on whether you want it to go left or right.

Basic Throw-Ins:

  • Two hands on the ball and two feet on the ground.

  • Stand facing the field with feet apart at or behind the sideline

  • Place a hand on each side of the ball, i.e. two hands on the ball

  • Bring the ball behind the head

  • Extend both arms as you throw forward onto the field

  • Both feet must stay on the ground throughout the throw

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