HOW TO PLAY SOCCER
A soccer game is played according to international rules and there are 45 minute halves and have a brief time to rest in the middle of the halves. College games in the united states also have 45 minute halves. Leagues of younger teams adjust the length of games according to the physical abilities of the player.
In some leagues, the teams play an overtime period if the score is tide at the end of regulation time. If the teams are still tied after the overtime, each team shoots a series of penalty kicks at the goal. The team that scores the most goals out of five, or gains an unbeatable advantage after each team has taken the same number of kicks, is the winner.
How to start a game. A soccer game begins with a kickoff in the center of the field. The opposing captains flip a coin to decide which team will kickoff. The other team will kickoff in the second half,when the teams change goals. After a goal, play resumes with a kickoff by the team scored upon the kickoff takes place in the center of the field on the halfway line. The players line up on their side of the field. No players on the defensive team can't go in side the circle until the play has
started. To start play, the kicking team must move the ball at least the distance of its circumference. The player that kicked the ball must let another player kicks the ball before kicking it again. No one on the defensive team can kick the ball until it rolls pass the circumference.
The ball in play. After the kickoff , the ball remains in play until it crosses the goal line or touch line. There are no time outs in soccer unless the referee calls one after a player is injured or if the referee feels that they need to stop the clock.
The attacking team tries to advance the ball into the opposing teams territory. the attackers then try to pass the ball to a player in a good position to score a goal. A player may hit or kick the ball into the goal with any part of the body but the hands and arms.
The defenders are constantly changing their position to break up theirattackers. They tried to cover their opponents, intercept passes, and take the ball away. Hard body contact is permitted only when it is the result of someone trying to kick the ball or hit it with the head.
Restarts. If the ball goes out of bounds, play is restart with a corner kick,a goal kick, or a throw in. The referee, assisted by the linesmen, decides which type of restart is used.
If the ball crosses the goal line with out going into the goal, play resumes with either a goal kick or a corner kick. A corner kick, which is made by an offensive player, takes place if a member of the defensive team touched the ball last. The offensive player kicks the ball from the nearest corner of the field. A goal kick occurs if an defensive player restarts play with a kick from inside the goal area in the half of the goal area nearest the point where the ball went out. A goal kick must clear the penalty area before it can be touched again.
A throw in takes place if a player knocks the ball over a touch line. An opposing player throws the ball back into play. The thrower must have both feet on the ground, either on or behind the touch line. The throw must be made with both hands from above and behind the head.
The ball is made of leather or other approved material and is inflated with air. A soccer ball used for adult games measures from 27 to 28 inches in circumference and weighs from 14 to 16 ounces.
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