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A Collection of Images from Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies

The photos and figures in this gallery are from Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different aspects of the game. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book.

1

The field of play

Every marking on a soccer field serves a specific purpose.

2

A standard lineup

Players start in specific positions, but they aren’t limited to performing specific duties. A defender may perform some offensive maneuvers in particular situations, for example.

3

Offside

This attacker is offside for being ahead of the ball.

4

Onside

This attacker is onside, due to the positions of the defender and goalie when the ball was played.

5

Referee signals

The most common hand signals a referee and linesman use.

6

Dribbling

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Remember to keep your head up as you move the ball down the field.

7

Changing directions

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Always turn away from your opponent when changing directions.

8

A correct instep kick

Shots are more accurate and travel farther when you kick with your instep rather than with your toes.

9

Making an instep kick

To make an instep kick, line up, take your shot, and follow through.

10

Making a push pass

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Use the inside of your foot to make a short push pass.

11

Making a long pass

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Kick the ball with your instep to make a long pass.

12

Receiving a pass with your foot

Photograph by J. Brett Whitesell

Pull your leg back as the ball makes contact with your foot to help cushion the ball and keep it in your possession.

13

Receiving a pass with your thigh

Photograph by J. Brett Whitesell

When the ball makes contact with your thigh, cushion the impact by lowering your knee until the ball drops down to your feet.

14

Receiving a pass with your chest

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Puff out your chest when meeting the ball and then quickly pull your chest back as the ball makes contact to cushion the impact and allow the ball to fall to your feet.

15

Heading the ball

Photograph by J. Brett Whitesell

To head the ball properly, strike the ball with the hairline of your forehead.

16

Defending the goal

Photograph by J. Brett Whitesell

The proper way to stand in the goal.

17

The diamond catch

Photograph by J. Brett Whitesell

Use this catch when the shot is wide or over your head.

18

The chest catch

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Get behind the incoming ball and wrap your arms around it to trap the ball against your chest.

19

The scoop catch

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Use this catch to stop a shot that’s low or rolling on the ground.

20

The full-extension dive

Photographs by J. Brett Whitesell

Extend your arms and dive toward the ball when a shot is made on a corner of the net.

21

Punching the ball

Photograph by J. Brett Whitesell

Defend the goal with a punch on the ball when you’re in a crowd.

22

Parrying the ball

Photograph by J. Brett Whitesell

You can save a goal by deflecting the ball over the crossbar or around a post.

   
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