Kick-off A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play either at the start of the match or after a goal has been scored. A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off. Procedure: All players are in their own half of the field. The opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 10 yards from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward, the kicker can't touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player. No Hands, please I bet you knew that one. Most people who know nothing about soccer still know that you can't use your hands unless you are the goalie. This rule applies to any part of the body from the tips of the fingers to the shoulder. However every ball that hits someone's arm is not a hand ball. It depends if it accidentally contacts their arm/hand or if the player purposefully used their hand/arm to gain an advantage. Goal scored A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line. It must be between the cones/flagpoles and not higher than 7 feet. Ball out of play The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline(sideline) whether on the ground or in the air. Throw-in is awarded When the whole of the ball passes over the touchline(sideline), either on the ground or in the air. From the point where it crossed the touchline(sideline), to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball. Procedure: At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower must face the field of play, have both feet behind the touchline(sideline), use both hands and deliver the ball from behind and over his head. The thrower may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. Corner Kicks & Goal Kicks A corner kick or goal kick is taken when the ball leaves the field across a goal line- you know, the far ends of the field with a goal. If the offensive team kicks it out, play is restarted with a goal kick. If the defensive team kicks it out, play is restarted with a corner kick. The goal kick is taken from anywhere inside the goalie box. It can be kicked by any player not just the goalkeeper. The corner kick is taken from- yes you guessed it- the corner nearest to where the ball left the field. Both kicks must be made with the ball on the ground and opponents must be at least 10 yards away. Fouls and Misconduct The common rule of thumb on fouls is "if it looks like a foul, it probably is." A player cannot kick, jump at, strike, push, trip or hold an opponent. Also, if a player high kicks in a dangerous way with players near them or intentionally uses hands this to is a foul. Direct and Indirect Free Kicks Direct and indirect kicks are 2 ways that play is restarted after play is stopped because of a foul or infraction. The simple difference between the 2 is this: On a direct kick you can score by kicking the ball directly into the goal. On an indirect kick you cannot score until another player touches the ball. In general, a direct kick comes from a contact foul or hand ball. Everything else is indirect. For both kicks the ball must be stationary and the opponents must be a minimum of 10 yards away. The ball is placed on the ground at the point the foul occurred.
Goalkeeper restrictions A goalkeeper shall not touch the ball with their hands after receiving a throw-in or deliberate kick by a teammate to the goalie. The goalkeeper may not hold the ball longer than 7 seconds. Two Touch Rule A player cannot touch the ball 2 times in a row when putting the ball into play. It applies everywhere. You will see it frequently on kick-offs, corner kicks, throw-ins, or direct & indirect kicks
Soccer Strategies & Cues
Offensive Strategies (When your team has the ball and is trying to score)
1. If you ever have the slightest opening for a shot, take the shot, they don't happen very often. 2. Stay spaced apart on the offensive side to open up...