It has been a long time fact that soccer is one of the most popular sports the world over and incidentally, there are more and more people getting hooked to the sport everyday. But just like any other sport, it may be necessary for beginners to learn some if not all of the soccer terms so that you can get a better handle on the finer points of the game. There are some terms that you may already be familiar with because they are used so often but there are some that you may not have heard of before. A couple of soccer terms that you may already be familiar with are the ones like Red card which means that a player has been sent off the field for very bad behavior and the Yellow Card which is flashed by the referee as a sort of warning for any player being particularly rough or unruly and even rude. There was one time was in a World Cup championship match that a star player was sent off the field with a red card following a particularly nasty head butt; red cards are rare but they do happen especially during heated matches.
Other soccer terms that you may want to know about are the ones called Dangerous Play and Direct Free Kick, the first one results in a penal foul that the ref can award and the other one is given to the team whom a foul has been committed against. One other interesting soccer term that you may like to know about is the Penal Foul which directly results in a free kick that the other team can take and is a chance to score a goal. You can choose to learn these soccer terms as you go along since they have plenty that they use while on the field, especially if you always watch different players like Ricardo Kaka. But you may also learn all the terms from soccer themed websites that have all the terms for you to read and check out.
It is no secret that football fans are indeed very passionate about the sport and the players get really into the sport as well so if you would like to appreciate the finer points of the game then you learn it inside and out.Soccer fans have plenty to love about the sport, whether they are fans of the Barcelona sporting club or even if they prefer the English football clubs. You will have thousands of soccer related resources that you can access for free. But every soccer fan seems to be very passionate about the sport and certainly needs no prodding to learn more about it anyway.
The English Premier League Football is one of the revered soccer leagues in the world. Here is a starting guide to understanding the reasons why!
Do you feel like an outsider every weekend, players from Man-City are running around your television screen? Are your pals constantly moaning about strikers on the bench or what was the coach thinking?
As they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Here are some basic information to get you involved as an informed English Premier League Football fan.
What is the English Premier League Football? It’s considered of the most popular soccer leagues in the world.
The best 20 soccer teams from England play in the English Premier League Football. The league features some of the most popular teams in the world including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. These clubs are known as “The Big Four” and are the most scrutinized teams around the world because of their history and international rosters containing stars from nations all over the planet.
Here’s a list of teams you might recognize:
West Ham United FC
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Blackburn Rovers FC
Bolton Wanderers FC
Manchester United FC
There are important differences in the English Premier League Football from what people are used to in professional sports in North America. First off, there are no play-offs, the leader at the end of the season is the champion. This creates an system where every league match is important for the teams in contention. The other important difference is relegation. The last three teams in the league are dropped, or relegated, out of the premier league to a lower quality league. The top three teams from the lower league are promoted and get to play their next season in the Premier League.
With few exceptions all of the teams play once a week and most of all of the games are on Saturdays with a couple games held on Sundays. There isn’t any overtime in the Premier League so a tie is a tie. Or in soccer football terms, “a draw.”
Congratulations, Coach! You raised your hand. Now what? Here is a quick snapshot of the U6 soccer team you’re about to start coaching.
Players at this age have an active imagination – use it to your benefit. When choosing a drill, create a story around the activity to make it more fun and interesting and challenging. Since attention spans are limited, you will need to change activities a number of times so come prepared with a number of activities. Active participation is critical at this age and as many activities should be focused with 1 player and 1 ball.
The focus at this age is on skill development, agility (body discovery) and creating a fun, enjoyable environment. No player should be forced to play if he chooses not to participate in a certain game. Encourage them to come and get involved in the next drill.
U6 Snapshot – Best Methodology
Playing Area: 3 v 3; 4 v 4
Field Size: 30 yards x 20 yards; 40 yards x 25 yards
Balls Size: Size 3
Practice Length: 30 – 45 minutes with frequent water breaks
Practice Frequency: Twice weekly
Game Length: 2 x 5 minutes and as part of practice
Game Frequency: Twice weekly
Restarts: When the ball goes out of bounds, games should be started with kick-ins or dribble-ins. The key is to keep the game moving.
Travel Soccer: Not age appropriate
Soccer Tournaments, Festivals: Not age appropriate
Winning and losing should not be emphasized; your defining purpose of a coach at this age group is to turn the players onto the game and make it their activity of choice. By making the activities fun and interesting, where players choose to participate both inside and outside of practice, they will grow and develop very quickly.
Profile of a Successful U6 Soccer Coach
Imagination, creativity, and tons of patience. The better you can put yourself in “their shoes” the better experience you’ll create for these young players to turn them onto the game. Your ability to explain concepts in their language – kids love stories and drama – will make you an endeared coach. Finally, you have to come to terms that the soccer you see on television with the MLS and the English Premier League is not the same thing you’ll ever be able to cultivate with your players. Their play will not look anything like soccer…and that is perfectly ok!
Next Steps for your Team
Great, now that we have the profile created for a U6 soccer team, you are well on your way to having a successful season. We should move onto discussions about the four other areas of soccer: technical, tactical, fitness and psychological. You may also find it helpful to read about the Soccer CoachingSphere, where we help you to understand the various aspects of soccer.