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Playing Soccer FAQ: 16 Key Know Hows

When I started out playing soccer, there was no internet at home! I know I must sound so old, it was only a few years ago, I think! The questions I had, were sometimes answered by my friends if they knew, but for you, you have the web and all you need to know about soccer. So if you want to make it like a pro, you sure can.

Here are 16 of the most asked questions that a player has when they are starting out as a beginner, plus there is information that many experienced players won’t know.

Once you’ve read this FAQ – head over to read my article on How To Play Soccer: 41 Cool Coach Tips This is where you find top technical information for each part of the game.

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Should I Start Playing Soccer?

You should definitely start playing soccer, it’s a great way to meet people, have fun, and get fit. Also being a team game it helps you work with a number of people, as you work as a team to try and win. 

Playing soccer can benefit you in a number of ways to improve yourself individually, so start as soon as you can. The main focus is to have fun, so enjoy yourself and you will improve over time. 

Never Played Soccer Before But I Want To?

It is never too late to start playing soccer, you can learn to play at any time in your life.  First, play with your friends at home or at school to see if you enjoy it. Then you can ask your local clubs or facebook groups if they need any players.

Can I Learn Soccer?

Soccer is like anything else, if you practice for long enough you can learn it. Doing it for fun will help you learn the quickest way. If you have a good soccer coach they will guide you to learn the essential skills that are required.

It will take time to progress, but learn the basic passing skills with a ball you feel comfortable with and you’ll be fine.

What Are The Basics Of Soccer?

The aim of the game is to score more goals than the opponent. A goal is scored when the ball crosses the line and goes into the opponent’s goal. The game is normally split into two halves with a break in between.

The players will be positioned to cover certain areas and have a role depending on their position. Soccer is a team game and in order for you and your team to succeed, you must work for each other.

Outfield players kick, pass and dribble the ball to the opponents half and the gaolkeepers are the only ones who are able to handle the ball with their arms – this must be done in their own penalty box. 

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What Are The Basic Soccer Rules?

The ball must cross over the line for it to be a throw-in, corner or goal. Soccer is a contact sport but if you block, mistime a tackle or are too aggressive the referee will blow the whistle for a foul or a penalty.

A penalty is given when a foul is committed inside your own penalty box, then the ball is placed on the spot for a free shot against the goalkeeper. If a foul is serious the referee can give you a caution with a yellow card and for extreme fouls a referee will send you off with a red card, meaning you will have to leave the field for the rest of the game.

A red card can also be shown to a player if a second yellow card is given to a player. 

How To Play Soccer Positions?

There are four main positions in soccer:

  • Goalkeeper
  • Defender
  • Midfielder
  • Attacker
  • The goalkeeper will save or block the ball from going into the goal with any part of the body.
  • The defenders will do their best to stop the opponents shooting by tackling or blocking the ball.
  • The midfielders will be in front of the defense and they defend when your team does not have the ball and attack when in possession.
  • The attackers will mainly be attempting to score goals but will be required now and again to help the rest of the team. 

How To Be A Good Soccer Player?

To be a good soccer player you must work hard for the team. The top players like Messi and Ronaldo, both work hard by making runs and helping their teammates. A coach will demand from all players that they give 100% and if you do this on the field and in training you will be a good player. 

How To Play Soccer Better?

To play soccer better than you have done before, it is important to notice areas that let you down. Make a mental note of it when you’re playing, so that you can focus on that area when you are training.

It will take time to practice and strengthen in that area. Repeat the practice in training 10+ times, each time you play and you will get better. 

How To Play Soccer Well?

To play well you must be a team player and one who communicates well in order to work as a unit. When you playing in a team, play to each player’s strengths, this can be done by getting to know what your teammates are good at and not so good at.

This will help you decide what type of pass to make, slow/hard/in front/behind. Talking to your teammates throughout the game helps everybody, for example, warning a teammate of a player behind them. 

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How To Play Soccer For Kids?

If you’re a coach, kids enjoy games, so the more games you have in your training, the better. Vary the practice so that no one gets bored and you’ll know by the players’ reaction if they enjoy the session. Instead of doing running, incorporate it into a drill – it’s surprising how much more players run when there is a ball involved.

Kids, have fun and enjoy the interaction with other players. Try new skills and invite your friends over to play, you can even invent your own games/drills. 

How To Watch A Soccer Game?

I found that I appreciated watching a soccer match more the older I became. When you are young you don’t see the finer details of the game that makes it more of a study, for example, the formations and the tactics that are involved.

If a full match is too much for you, just watch the highlights and enjoy the best parts. For me, I now see the game as a fast-paced chess game. The top players can do special things in the right positions, some players are solid and dependable.

So it’s all about making moves at the right times to strike when you’re in position. Pass and move until your queen can say check-mate! 

How To Play As A Goalkeeper?

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Goalkeepers need to everything they can to stop the ball box, from m going in the net. Pro’s will even save the soccer ball with their faces! So they need to be brave and if the ball is coming towards your face, just turn your head to the side and it does not hurt flicking off of your cheek. 

When the ball is in the opponents’ half, stand on the edge of your penalty box, ready to intercept any long balls. When the ball is around the penalty box, stay on your line ready for shots. Stay on your tiptoes ready for any dives you need to make. Control the defense by giving instructions if there is an unmarked player.

How To Play As A Defender?

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Defenders you need to stop shots on your goal, blocking, tackling and clearing are your main duties. Like the GK you will need to be brave to stop the attackers from taking control of your box. Form a partnership with the players around you, so that you work as a team.

Keep ‘goalside’ of the attacker, so that they don’t have a head start if you get into a race. As a defender, safety is the best option, but if you have time, it is nice to start an attack by passing it forward.

How To Play As A Midfielder?

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Midfielders, yi=ou need to a bit of everything on the field. Protect your defense first and then support your attackers. Midfield players are good around players that have good energy to cover distances.

Be clever on the ball and pass and move to create space. When there is space in front of you, run into it until there is a defender. Set up your strikers will ‘balls to feet’, or balls in front of them to run on to.

How to Play As A Striker?

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Strikers, it can be a lonely job upfront, most times you are outnumbered by the defense, so watch every move and pounce like a tiger when you get your chance. Defenders will ‘go to sleep’ in games, just watch and wait for your moment.

Strikers will lose the ball more than any other player because of the position – don’t let that set you back, it’s just the way it is! Form a good partnership if you have another striker with you, so you can set each other up. A lot of the times you will have to be selfish and take risks to score as your team depends on goals. 

How To Play Soccer Like A Pro?

The top pro players rarely lose the ball – keep possession. The best players can beat another player to get past – this takes a player out of the game. Professional players are at the top of their game because they have worked hard for many years – it takes commitment and dedication. If you work hard in training and give it your all, you will do the same in a game. 

Listen to your coach and learn all that you can. Watch other players and see what they can do that you can’t and practice. Don’t give up and enjoy yourself at the same time. 

Top Soccer Pro Tips

  • Give it your all
  • Never give up
  • Play as a team
  • Learn every game
  • Warm-up + warm-down
  • Play in all weather conditions
  • Eat healthily
  • Keep hydrated with water
  • Listen to your coach
  • Respect everyone involved in the game
  • Train whenever possible
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