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Soccer Rules and Positions In A Day For Dummies, USA Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-37666-9
June 2012
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Introduction  1

What You Can Do In A Day  1

Foolish Assumptions  2

Icons Used in This Book  2

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Soccer 3

Soccer: The Basics  4

Checking out fouls and kicks  4

Keeping an eye on the game clock  5

Surveying the Field  6

That’s the Way the Ball Bounces  8

Size does matter 9

The cost and quality factor  9

Dressing the Part: Uniforms  10

The must-have clothing  10

Why shoes can make or break your game  11

How soccer uniforms are numbered  12

Why goalkeepers don’t match the team  13

The World Cup: The Greatest Show on Earth  13

Chapter 2: Taking Up Positions 15

Saving Grace: The Goalie  16

Providing Support: The Sweeper  18

Defending the Turf: Fullbacks  18

Linking the Team: Halfbacks  19

Filling the Net: Forwards  20

Chapter 3: Rules of the Game 21

Following the Rules  21

Keeping time  22

Starting the game  22

Keeping the ball in play  23

Throw-ins  23

Corner kicks  24

Goal kicks  25

Staying onside  25

Penalty Calls and Their Results  28

Outlining the major fouls  28

Detailing minor fouls and violations  29

Paying the price for fouls  30

Seeing what’s in the cards  31

Interpreting the Ref’s Hand Signals  32

Chapter 4: Performing Amazing Foot Feats: Dribbling and Shooting 35

Dribbling: Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master  35

Knowing when to dribble 36

Dribbling do’s and don’ts  36

Changing directions  38

Deciphering dribbling problems  39

Shooting Your Way to a Goal 39

Knowing when to shoot  39

Ready, aim, shoot  40

Shooting the ball with the instep  40

Chapter 5: Sharing the Ball: Passing, Receiving, and Heading 45

You Take the Ball: Passing  45

Delivering two types of passes  46

Diagnosing what went wrong  48

Gimme the Ball: Receiving  49

Cushioning at impact  49

Foot  49

Thigh  50

Chest  51

Troubleshooting receiving  52

Thinking on Your Feet: Heading  53

Using your noggin  53

Correcting heading errors  55

Chapter 6: Protecting the Goal 57

Stopping the Opposition  58

Catching the ball  58

Punching the ball 61

Parrying the ball  62

Saving penalty kicks  62

Correcting goaltending errors  64

Positioning: Being in the Right Place at the Right Time 64

Distributing the Ball  65

Chapter 7: Where to Go from Here 67

Taking Your First Steps 67

Visiting dummies.com 68

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