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Soccer Guide for Families and Friends

 

I wrote this with the hope it will help other players to have the same soccer experiences that I enjoy and to remind spectators how to be helpful and supportive to their player.

I LOVE SOCCER!

The game develops my athletic ability, teaches me how to make quick decisions, encourages me to be a leader and also how to listen and work with others.  Through soccer I am learning how to celebrate a win and how to learn from a loss. I am making lots of friends. We are most successful when we work as a team, not individuals.  I have fun- lots of fun- and I also work hard,

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     Rose Lockery

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Basic Rules of the Game

 

Hand Ball: When the ball touches a player’s hand and the hand is in an unnatural running position, when a player reaches for the ball

Off Sides: When an offensive player, who does not have the ball, does not have a field player from the opposing team between him/her and the goal- If a player is in an offside position and then becomes on side to receive the ball, the player is still determined by the referee to be off sides. The referee will not blow the whistle to indicate off sides if the player was not involved in the play.  Due to the varied experience of Sideline and Center Referees, off sides may not always be called correctly.

Goal Kicks: When the offensive team kicks the ball out of bounds across the goal line,  any player from the defensive team can take the kick from the 6th yard line

Corner Kicks:  When the ball goes out of bounds across the goal line from a defensive player,  any player from the offensive team can take the kick from the corner

Throw Ins: When a team kicks the ball out of bounds over the touch line (side line), the opposing team throws the ball into play

Kick Offs: At the beginning of each half and after each goal, an offensive player kicks the ball to a teammate.  The ball must go forward

Free Kicks:  If a player is fouled, the fouled team gets a free kick from where the foul occurred

Penalty Kicks:  When a player from the defensive team fouls or has a hand ball within the 18 yard box, a player from the offensive team gets a penalty kick- this is a direct kick on the goal

Fouls: Poor sportsmanship behavior

Advantage: A referee may allow play to continue if calling a foul disrupts the play of the fouled team.

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Audience Participation

 Knowing what to say, when to say it and how to say it is very important for a player’s growth and understanding of the game.

When watching a game:

  • Encourage involvement by cheering and clapping.

  • Develop confidence by praising effort (not only skill).

  • Be quiet when a coach is speaking so all players on the field can hear what the coach is saying.

  • Advice- while it is helpful for a U10 or younger player to hear a few suggestions, making suggestions to an older player interferes with the player’s ability to learn the game.

  • Respect your player’s decisions

  • Don’t question the referee- this is the coach’s job and you risk embarrassing your player.  Referees will make mistakes- it is part of the game.

  • Don’t make comments about the opposing team.

  • Remember that you are watching children play a game .

  • Have fun.



 

After the Game:

 

  • If you or your player has any questions about the game or about the amount of playing time, encourage your player to talk with the coach.

  • Don’t talk about the game unless your player begins to talk about it. When your player does talk about it, talk less and listen more.  

  • Praise sportsmanship that you observed from any player on the field

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Player Participation

 

  • Hydrate with water as a daily practice

  • Eat a healthy diet daily and while snacking between tournament games

  • Sleep!  If possible, avoid sleepovers before games

  • Practice on your own

  • Learning the Game-watch more advanced players to study athletes who play your position and the decisions they make

  • Stretch before and after practice and games

  • When at practice work on skills that are weak

  • Respect the Referee, listen to the Coach and your teammates

  • Be a team player and give direction to your teammates

  • Work hard, have fun

  • Remember that soccer is a team sport that requires skill, quick decisions and communication

Thank you, Branford Soccer Club, for all the memories!