Soccer is Awesome Because of Goals.

So there is often this question of, why is the score of most soccer games so low? Other sports have higher scoring games such as football, basketball, and baseball. Could it be because of the amount of players on the field? Could it be because soccer players use their feet? Either one of these could be the reasoning behind low scoring games. Reasoning isn’t that important to most people, but it seems like a question that often gets asked.

Is this really a serious question though? Some think it is and have defended it for a while now.

A soccer team is consisted of 11 players as stated before and they are on a field that is at least 60 yards by 100 yards. Winning a game depends on the team scoring more goals than the opposing team. Engaging in this act of scoring is very difficult. Some people just have the natural ability to put the ball in the back of the net like Thierry Henry. Others have to work on power, finesse, and placement of the ball before they can have that natural talent. Many reasons for not being able to score are based on the fact that the ball has to pass through 10 other players before they can get to the goal. Efforts have to be made by the entire team to score, starting with the defense and all the way up to forwards.

Being on a team that cannot score can be very frustrating sometimes. Especially since it takes goal to win a game. Concepts like this are so simple, but we often forget them when we get caught up in the game. Any player will tell you that playing in a scoreless game is very tiresome because it feels like nothing is being accomplished. Unfortunately, there are many games that end scoreless for both teams and this is seen as an even game. Sometimes the games are one-sided but the teams either cannot score or one team is mainly defensive and will not let in a goal. Eventually, the true winners will emerge throughout the season though.

Of course there are games where there are complete blow outs and teams win 8-0 or even more. Facing games like these can either be fun or depressing depending on which team a person is on.

Goals can be tough to score because of many reasons. Once a person get the hang of scoring, it’s hard to stop. Also, they will always seek to score more and more. Learning how to correctly and accurately score is the first step. So, scoring can be difficult because of the amount of players on the field and the fact that players use their feet, but whatever the reason, soccer is awesome because of beautiful goals.

“The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It’s the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.”

 

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45 minutes is no big deal, right?

So there are no time-outs in soccer, big deal! You’ve got subs, right?

Well you would think that with 25+ girls on the team that more than 12 players will actually get to see playing time. Big misconception.

Take it from a girl who has spent a little over two years warming the bench because of this “rule” of starters playing the whole half through.

Many coaches play their team with the mentality that the starters should be able to play 45 minutes straight. However, this is not often the case and can lead to heat exhaustion, stress fractures, and mass amounts of dehydration.

I mean, who in their right mind would want to do 45 minutes of anything that includes 80®+ weather, constant running and sprinting, and getting shoved around in the meanwhile. Soccer players, that’s who. Well, at least in the coaches’ opinion they should be playing for that long.

I do understand that in a professional game, they play for 45 minutes straight with one, maybe two subs. However, this is not professional soccer. On the other hand, over subbing is wrong for a coach to do because the team needs time to mesh. Yet, if a player feels they are over exhausted and need a break, don’t just give them a swig of water and expect them to play to their fullest potential.

Another little tip for coaches out there, this is Florida. They don’t call it the sunshine state for nothing. When coaches expect players to play an entire half or practice for two hours with only two water breaks, they are insane. A human body cannot endure that much exhaustion and exposure to those kinds of heats.

This is when the tough get going.

Oh and in case anyone was wondering…playing for 45 minutes straight in Central Florida….it sucks.

Here’s a post I found that has tips on how to prevent heat exhaustion. There’s an interesting little tid bit of information on how children cool down their bodies that I never knew.

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Why are there no time-outs?

Soccer has 45 minute halves, so why in the world are there no time-outs? Other sports have quarters and periods that take less time than 45 minutes and they get time-outs. So why does soccer not?

Well, some people suggest that there are no time-outs because this allows for the player to get into the flow of the game without interruption. Others just think that soccer is just a sport where it cannot be interrupted with time outs. There are enough breaks between fouls and out-of-bounds re-starts that time-outs are not needed.

Also, there are eleven players on the field at a time. This should be enough players to cover the field and reduce the amount of running each teammate must do in 45 minutes.

In certain areas of the states and in younger age groups there are stoppage times half way through the halves that are used for water breaks. This rule is especially used in Florida where the heat is sometimes unbearable.

If there were time-outs in soccer, then it would probably be televised more often. Time-outs in other sports allow for commercials and in turn, pays for itself to be on more television shows.

Think about it, have you ever wondered why you never really miss that much of the football game because of commercials? They really do stop the entire game, just for you. How special.

Next time you are at a televised football game, lookout for the guy wearing a red shirt or orange sleeves standing on the field. That means its commercial time!

So technically, the reason for the lack of time-outs in a soccer game is because that’s just how it’s always been.

Want to watch some entertaining videos? Check out last week’s post Spring Break!

 

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Top 5 Events in Soccer

This list is thanks to a dear friend, Jose, who knows just a little bit more about the soccer tournaments. This is his top 5 list and I definitely agree with it.

1. World Cup
2. Euro Cup
3. Champions League
4. Copa América (American Cup)
5. Olympics

 
The World Cup is a world-wide tournament that is played once every 4 years. This time is filled with such excitement and competition between countries. People take pride in their country and wear their colors, talk trash about other teams, and fill the sports bars on game days. Ask anyone who has been around people who are passionate about the sport during one of these games, things get intense. To be in the country at the time of the World Cup is even more intense. The World Cup takes place in a different country each year, similar to the Olympics. The places get voted on and then decided. Last summer it was in South Africa, and in 2010 it will be in Brazil.

 
The Euro Cup is a European tournament that is also played once every 4 years. This is a time when Americans can choose a European team and not have to feel guilty about not choosing America to win. There are 9 groups and they play down to the finals. This tournament also takes place in the summer and is held in a different European country each year.

 
The Champions League is similar to the Euro Cup, but it is help annually. It is said to be one of the most prestigious cups for soccer. This cup however, is played by the clubs rather than the countries. Everything else is the pretty much the same as the Euro Cup.

 
Copa América is a tournament played by South America. This is Latin America’s version of the Euro Cup. The brackets consist of twelve teams. This tournament is held every other year and normally within the 10 countries of the original Copa América confederation. This year it will be held in Argentina.

 
The Olympics is last on this list because it can be seen as a practice run for the world cup. It is played in the summer and once every 4 years. Each country participates just like any other sport in the Olympics. Next year the Olympics will be held in London.

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Spring Break!

So it’s spring break this week at our school and I won’t be posting as often. Stay tuned for more exciting stories about soccer and what goes on behind the scenes.

Until then, here are a few funny videos that I found from friends and another blog about sports.

This video was taken at a cricket game…this guy is just a little odd. Also check out the kid standing next to him.


 

This video is just for humor…feel free to share this with others. Which part is your favorite?


 

Have a great week and don’t forget to come back next week for more information.

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Practice Talk…Early? or Late?

Practice is at 6pm. So what time should you be there by?

A)     Right at 6pm, ready to go

B)      About 5 minutes before

C)      15 minutes before

D)     30 minutes before

Well if you picked A, you’re wrong. A coach wants to start his practice right at 6 and sometimes even before that if everyone is ready.

If you chose B, that’s correct in my book. I think that if you give yourself about 5 minutes or so to put your gear on and just relax before practice, that’s a good amount of time to get those tasks accomplished. But according to most coaches, 5 minutes before practice is wrong.

For most teams, C is the correct answer. A coach will give you the spiel about the importance of being early for practice and games, which is a good skill to possess. However, many coaches will tell you that if you aren’t there 15 minutes before practice, you’re late. One player from a previous soccer team, Trisha Roberts, said that she feels like they should try to aim to get to practice 15 minutes ahead of schedule and any time after that should be left for the stragglers.

There’s this saying that must be taught at coaching schools across the world because almost every coach I know of uses it. The saying is, “If you’re early, you’re on time. And if you’re on time, you’re late.”

Doesn’t that sound confusing? It makes sense, but if they want you there so early, why don’t they just say that practice is from 5:45 to 7, instead of 6-7.

As for D, There was this one coach that had practice from 5:45-7 and wanted players there 15 minutes before. However, he forgot to mention the fact that practice didn’t start until 6. So he wanted the team there 30 minutes before practice started. I mean, the team was always on time for the start of practice, but 30 minutes before? Seems a little over kill.

Coaches have their best interests for us, but sometimes they can get a little ambitious and expect a lot out of us. Especially when soccer is not the only thing a person has going on in their life. All in all, players have a love/hate relationship with their coaches. They either hate them for everything, or they hate them while they play under them, but love them when they are gone.

 

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Eleven

The number that comes after 10 and before 12, used to represent the month of October, wished upon when we see it repeated on a clock (11:11), sometimes referred to as the “master number,” the year we are currently in (2011), and also the amount of players per team that are on a soccer field at one time.

In a game of soccer there are a total of 22 players on a field at one time, two goal keepers and 10 field players.

Why is that? Who decided that 11 would be the lucky number? Why not 12?

Some sources say that it’s because when the sport was just beginning, they would play it at English Private Schools with small classes of ten students. The classes would play against each other making it 10 on 10, and they would use the teachers as an eleventh player.

Another source suggests that the reason there are 11 players is simply because that’s how many people are needed to cover the field appropriately. This is true, but then how did they decide how big a field should be? That’s just something for you to ponder.

Players are often divided on the field into three distinct sections. Forward, midfield, and defense. The basic formation that most teams will use is known as a 4-3-3. The more advanced team will use a formation like either the 3-4-3 or the 4-4-2. The 3-4-3 is used for a more offensive game whereas the 4-4-2 is used in normal play and for a defensive game. The numbers refer to the amount of players in each position, defense-midfield-forward.

 

Keep an eye out for the next post; it’s going to be a practice talk! This is where players will give insight to what goes on at practice. Until next time…

 

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