Understanding soccer

Understanding Soccer

The game of soccer is considered one of the most popular sports in the world, and most top soccer players get admiration from millions of fans all over the world.  The rules of soccer are decided by the coaches, players and soccer associations from all over the world.  At any one time, each team can field eleven players, and at any point in the game, they can make the substitution.  Soccer team is split into formations consisting of goalkeeper, defense and forwards.

Though it is not a rule, each team normally nominates a captain, who is responsible for starting the game by tossing the coin along with the referee.  Winning captain has the choice to select which way his team will play the game, which can be advantageous in case of strong winds that could change the direction in the second half of the game.  The substitutions vary, but in official competition games, only 3 substitutions per team are allowed.  While the game is on, referee has the power to issue red and yellow cards, and also caution the players.

The teams defend the goal using a player who protects the goal or goalkeeper and four defenders.  Four players in the midfield, and two strikers to create and score the goals are selected by the coach.  Except the goal keeper, players are not allowed to handle the ball, and goal is established by passing the ball in several ways that breach the opponent’s defense.  In the professional soccer game, the goal scoring is usually low and most matches are decided by just one or two goals.

During the game, some very specific terminology is used, and to the casual viewer, it can be very confusing.  In the game of soccer, discipline is one of the most important factors to consider, and the game is mediated by a single referee on the pitch, and two officials called linesman on either side of the pitch.  Most people find the offside rule as most confusing rule of the game.  In such case, referee will stop the game and award a free kick to fouled team.

A yellow card is an indication to the player that there is a risk that he might be issued a red card later during the game.  But, the player will not be in offside if he is nearer to the own half, in level with last two opponents and also in level with the second.  As per FIFA official score rules, the player is cautioned once, and referee shows the yellow card in case player is guilty of unsporting behavior, delays the start of the game, kicks or throws the ball away after referee blows the whistle or leaves the field without permission of referee.  Game of soccer is considered one of the most famous sports in the world and it attracts millions of fans.

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