Soccer Rules and Positions In A Day For Dummies

Soccer Rules and Positions In A Day For Dummies

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Soccer basics in a day? Easy.

Do you get a kick out of soccer, but need to brush up your knowledge on the key elements of the game? Look no further!

Soccer Rules&Positions In A Day For Dummies quickly brings you up to speed on one of the most popular sports in the world. From essential information on the sport to expert coverage of the game's rules, regulations, and players, this book provides invaluable insight to new and veteran fans alike.

  • The essential information you need to understand and enjoy soccer
  • Expert coverage of the game's rules and regulations
  • Helpful breakdowns of soccer positions and their roles in offense and defense
  • Online component takes readers beyond the book with bonus content and features

Get set to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge in no time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118376669
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/13/2012
Series: In A Day For Dummies , #38
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 303,305
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

The United States Soccer Federation, Inc., is the national governing body for soccer in the U.S.

Michael Lewis is an award-winning journalist who has covered soccer for more than 20 years.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1960

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA


Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

What You Can Do In A Day 1

Foolish Assumptions 2

Icons Used in This Book 2

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Soccer 3

Soccer: The Basics 4

Checking out fouls and kicks 4

Keeping an eye on the game clock 5

Surveying the Field 6

That’s the Way the Ball Bounces 8

Size does matter 9

The cost and quality factor 9

Dressing the Part: Uniforms 10

The must-have clothing 10

Why shoes can make or break your game 11

How soccer uniforms are numbered 12

Why goalkeepers don’t match the team 13

The World Cup: The Greatest Show on Earth 13

Chapter 2: Taking Up Positions 15

Saving Grace: The Goalie 16

Providing Support: The Sweeper 18

Defending the Turf: Fullbacks 18

Linking the Team: Halfbacks 19

Filling the Net: Forwards 20

Chapter 3: Rules of the Game 21

Following the Rules 21

Keeping time 22

Starting the game 22

Keeping the ball in play 23

Throw-ins 23

Corner kicks 24

Goal kicks 25

Staying onside 25

Penalty Calls and Their Results 28

Outlining the major fouls 28

Detailing minor fouls and violations 29

Paying the price for fouls 30

Seeing what’s in the cards 31

Interpreting the Ref’s Hand Signals 32

Chapter 4: Performing Amazing Foot Feats: Dribbling and Shooting 35

Dribbling: Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master 35

Knowing when to dribble 36

Dribbling do’s and don’ts 36

Changing directions 38

Deciphering dribbling problems 39

Shooting Your Way to a Goal 39

Knowing when to shoot 39

Ready, aim, shoot 40

Shooting the ball with the instep 40

Chapter 5: Sharing the Ball: Passing, Receiving, and Heading 45

You Take the Ball: Passing 45

Delivering two types of passes 46

Diagnosing what went wrong 48

Gimme the Ball: Receiving 49

Cushioning at impact 49

Foot 49

Thigh 50

Chest 51

Troubleshooting receiving 52

Thinking on Your Feet: Heading 53

Using your noggin 53

Correcting heading errors 55

Chapter 6: Protecting the Goal 57

Stopping the Opposition 58

Catching the ball 58

Punching the ball 61

Parrying the ball 62

Saving penalty kicks 62

Correcting goaltending errors 64

Positioning: Being in the Right Place at the Right Time 64

Distributing the Ball 65

Chapter 7: Where to Go from Here 67

Taking Your First Steps 67

Visiting 68

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick way to learn how to watch and appreciate the game!
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Tried the sample to see if I wanted to buy complete book, only thing I was allowed to read was table of contents and disclaimer. Pointless.
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The best thing to read if you need to know
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Love this series
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Easy to understand and very descriptive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read, very informative! Taking it as a quick reference on my Nook for my upcoming vacation to Europe! Nice photos!
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Only goes to the table of contents.
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Never buy a book for dummies or idiots. You are better than that.
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