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Choosing a Formation in Soccer

Formations are the way a soccer team lines up its defense, midfield, and forward line at the beginning of the match. If you want to get technical, you could produce dozens of formations due to the mathematical [more…]

Knowing When and How to Dribble in Soccer

The most basic of all soccer skills is dribbling, the ability to carry the ball past an opponent while being in control, whether by using a series of simple taps or a fantastic move around a foe. If a [more…]

Developing a Soccer Coaching Philosophy

Creating a coaching philosophy is fairly simple. Living up to it all season long is the tricky part. What's a coaching philosophy? Basically, it reflects the standards you set for yourself and your team [more…]

Understanding Soccer's Three Basic Passes

There are three basic passes in the game of soccer — forward, square, and back.

The forward pass is the most aggressive and most risky of all three because the attacking team moves the ball toward the goal [more…]

Goalkeeper: Defending the Soccer Goal

In soccer, the goalkeeper is a designated player with the job of directly preventing the opposing team from scoring by defending the goal. To get a good soccer goalkeeper for your team, remember this: [more…]

Looking at European Soccer Rivalries

Americans call them rivalries. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, they are called derbies (pronounced darbies). Among the most enduring European rivalries: [more…]

Getting to Know the League You're In

Youth soccer leagues around the country are as different as the millions of kids who strap on shin guards to play in them. You can find outdoor and indoor leagues. Numbers go from 4-on-4 to 11-on-11 leagues [more…]

Balancing Parenting and Coaching

Being a parent is a difficult job, but here's a surprise: Coaching your son or daughter's soccer team is equally tricky. After you step inside the white lines, and your child straps on the shin guards, [more…]

Making the Season Memorable

A child's experience in organized soccer can be a defining moment in her young life. Years from now, she isn't going to remember her team's record or how many goals she scored during the season, but she'll [more…]

The Soccer Field of Play

Although the size of a soccer field can vary, sometimes even from community to community, the markings remain pretty much the same. Get to know these playing field features: [more…]

How a Soccer Coach Supports the Players

As a soccer coach, your players count on you during the season for guidance and support. The following are some ways to help your kids through the soccer season: [more…]

The Soccer Pregame Talk

What you say and how you say it when delivering the pre-game speech is a big motivator for your soccer players. Try these coaching tips when talking to the kids before the soccer game to prepare them for [more…]

The Pregame Routine for Soccer Coaches

Get your day of coaching soccer off to a good start by establishing a pregame routine. Go through the following tips so your players have a safe and fun-filled time on and off the soccer field. [more…]

Coaching Soccer For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Coaching soccer should be safe and fun for you and your players, so start by getting familiar with the layout of the soccer field. As a soccer coach your players will look to you for guidance so use some [more…]

Supporting Your Junior Football Players

Your young football players are counting on you for guidance and support all season long. The following are some helpful ways to meet their needs. [more…]

Delivering the Pre-game Talk to Your Junior Football Team

What you say to kids before their football game, and how you say it, makes a big difference in how they approach taking the field. Here are some helpful pointers to prepare them for competition. [more…]

Following a Pregame Routine with Your Junior Football Team

A good pregame routine helps set the tone for a safe and fun-filled day of soccer. Keep these tips in mind before the game begins. [more…]

Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Being a youth football coach can be a great experience, both for you and your squad. But what if you’ve never coached before, or want to improve? Don’t worry! Here you find how to approach coaching, and [more…]

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

The photos and figures in this gallery are from SoccerRules & 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. [more…]

How to Dribble a Soccer Ball

Dribbling the ball is an essential part of playing soccer. The best dribblers can move the soccer ball swiftly without looking down, and they have a few tricks up their sleeves — or is that pant legs? [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies

How to Pass a Soccer Ball

Soccer is a team sport, and as such, players must work together to achieve their goal: scoring goals. One way players work together is by passing the ball to each other. There are many types of passes [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies

How to Treat Neck Pain for Soccer Players

When you’re a soccer player, you’ll experience neck pain sooner or later. The pain may be caused by heading the ball incorrectly or too hard, or you may hurt your neck some other way. No matter how you [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies

Identifying Popular Soccer Formations

In soccer, formations are the way a team lines up its defense, midfield, and forward line at the beginning of the match. But soccer is a fluid sport, and during the game, a midfielder may become a forward [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies

A Collection of Soccer In A Day Images

Sometimes it’s tough to see the details of the images in your e-reader of choice. To get a closer look at the photos and figures included in Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies, [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies

The Basics of Soccer’s World Cup

Yes, America, there is a sporting event that’s bigger and more popular than the Super Bowl. It’s called the Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup. To the rest of the world, this FIFA [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies
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