Basic Rules

So for those of you just starting out your soccer journey, I thought I’d post some basic soccer rules.  Nothing too complicated, just basics.

  • The game is 90 minutes, split into two 45 minute halves.
  • Players can only use their feet, head, or chest to touch the ball.  Only the goalie is allowed to use his hands, and only within the goal area.
  • If the ball touches or crosses the side line, it is thrown back in by the team who didn’t touch it last.
  • The object of the game is to score a goal by getting the ball into the opponent’s net. The team with the most goals at the end wins.
  • A yellow card is issued as a warning, a red card is a send-off from the game.  Two yellow cards in the same game are the same as a red one.

Those are the basic rules needed in order to watch soccer and not be completely lost.

Wikipedia is also a fountain of information, for those who wish to dig a little deeper and be a little more informed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_football

Hope that helps a little!!

-Suz

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