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Mike Slatton's Blog Getting ready to head the ball

Most kids who are new to the game are usually assigned to coaches who are equally new to the game. This the REAL problem of our youth system and the actual CAUSE of concussions in young players. That’s because 99% of concussions in youth soccer games u-8 and younger are directly related to CHASING THE BALL.

Athlete Performance

The goalkeeper is the Field General for their team. They are last line of defense and the first line of offense, and are only as good as their defense. Understanding the basic principals of the position will make it easier to stop shots, restart the offense and contribute to your team’s success.

Rules of the Game Goal line at Old Trafford

In summary, the field is rectangular in shape. The longer sides are touchlines. The other opposing sides are called the goal lines. The two goal lines must be between 50 and 100 yards. The two touch lines must be between 100 and 130 yards in length.

The Big Picture Youth Soccer refereeing is a thankless job, but people still do it.

Referee abuse is an anomaly to normal society. If you saw a late 30’s to early 50’s adult standing on the sidewalk berating a teenager or young adult from a distance, you’d probably intercede or call the police. But at youth sporting events, it’s commonplace and accepted.

Rules of the Game

Early soccer balls were actually animal bladders that deteriorated quickly, therefore limiting them to one or two games. Today’s soccer ball Inflated Pig Bladderis an evolution from the bladder/ball, developing into what they are today.

Rules of the Game A soccer player takes a free kick, while the defense forms a "wall" to try to block the ball

The two basic “states of play” during a game are ball in play and ball out of play. Each half starts with a kick-off and continues until the end of the playing period. The ball is in play at all times, except when either the ball leaves the field or play is stopped by the referee.

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