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Ten Tips for Watching a Soccer Match

You don’t have to be an X’s and O’s person or take countless coaching courses to enjoy watching the game of soccer. Here are some tips and pointers that will make viewing a match, whether it be youth, [more…]

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

How to Treat Sports Injuries

Like it or not, injuries are part of soccer (and all sports). Ice is often used as part of the first-aid RICE method to decrease swelling after a bruise, after pulling or straining a muscle, or after spraining [more…]

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

Euro 2012 Primer

As Euro 2012 kicks off in Poland and Ukraine, here’s a brief introduction to the format and teams in this year’s UEFA European Football Championship.

The 2012 tournament will be held jointly by Poland and [more…]

Euro 2012: The History of Europe's International Football Championship

The history of the Euros becomes a timely topic as Euro 2012 gets underway in Poland and Ukraine. UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) held the first European Championship finals in France in [more…]

What Is the Offside Rule in Soccer?

The offside rule is the most debated soccer principle (no matter where the game is played), even though what is known as Law 11 isn't terribly difficult to grasp. Here’s what offside is all about: [more…]

What a Soccer Field Looks Like

A soccer field (sometimes referred to as “the pitch”) is at least 100 yards long, 50 yards wide, and has a goal centered at both ends. Within the field are markings including those for the penalty area [more…]

Positions on a Soccer Team

Each soccer team has 11 players — 1 goalkeeper and 10 field players. Every player, whether playing an offensive or defensive position, works to help the team score goals — and to prevent the other team [more…]

Warming Up before Soccer with a Stretching Routine

Before a game or practice, every soccer player should run through some sort of stretching routine. A qualified fitness coach can put together a personalized program. If a customized routine isn't possible [more…]

Soccer For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Soccer is a game played by two teams with 11 players each on a field with a goal for each team. It’s the most popular team sport on the planet, a fast-paced game with few breaks and one simple aim — to [more…]

Mastering Basic Football (Soccer) Skills: Passing

Solid footwork skills -- such as accurate, controlled passing -- are key to becoming a successful football (soccer) player. A short, simple pass is required to keep a move going so your football team can [more…]

Mastering Basic Football (Soccer) Skills: Dribbling

Dribbling, the ability to run with the ball at your feet, is one of the most important basic skills of football (soccer). Good footwork means better control of the football, and better control leads to [more…]
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