Life isn't complete without a soccer ball at my feet!


How it all started (Express and Reflect)

In my first season of soccer, I was around 5 years old. I played for a youth recreational team at GCCSA Cobras, in Boiling Springs. I played forward, a position on the field. I was quick with the ball and had good control, so that was an advantage for me to win the ball easier and score. I eventually switched to the position called goalkeeper, and from then on, I've played soccer ever since. ~Morgan

My soccer career began when I started watching my dad play. I was about 8 years old when he started teaching me the rules of the game, how to kick a ball correctly, how to read what a player might do, and some other stuff. At first I wasn’t so serious about it until I started playing with a club team, the Charlotte Eagles. They helped me get confident about the game, they taught me not to be scared of anything. If you’re going to play soccer you have to act like you’re in control and not be scared to do things. When I messed up they told me what I did wrong and showed me the correct way to do it, so I could fix it. I played as a right mid-fielder for them until I was about 11 years old and then I decided to quick soccer. I didn’t start playing the game again until I was 13 years old. ~Ashley

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Rules of the Game (Inform and Explain)

  • You don't use your hands unless your the goalkeeper or your taking a throw in. ( That is when a team kicks the ball out of bounds and the other team gets to throw it in from the sideline to one of their teammates.)
  • Fouls: You have three types of fouls. In the first type of foul the other team receives the ball and gets an immediate direct free kick.This is when they get to set the ball on the ground where they were fouled and kick it towards the opposing goal. The next type of foul is a yellow card. This is when the referee has called you out on making a "dirty" play. The other team immediately gets a free kick. The last type of foul is a red card. This is when you have deliberately hurt or fouled someone. After receiving the red card, you are instantly sent out of the game and will not be allowed to attend the next game.
  • You can receive a foul for the following reasons: unsporting behavior, uncalled for use of language, or fails to follow the Laws of the Game. Also, another way to sustain a red card is by receiving two yellow cards in the same match.
  • The different positions of soccer include: forwards, midfielders, defenders, and goalkeepers. The job of the forwards are to score goals from passes from teammates or to distract the opposing team's defenders while the midfielders try to make a run. Midfielders have to be solid defenders who can help out on the back-line and skillful enough to jump into the offensive attack. The job of the defenders are to stop the attacking forwards shots or passes near the goal. Finally, the job of the goalkeeper is to actually block the shots from the forwards and stop the attack from the other team. Once they gain possession of the ball they can choose to roll the ball to one of their defenders, punt the ball to their forwards, or throw the ball out to midfield.

USWNT (Evaluate and Judge)

USWNT stands for United States Women's National Team. This is the ultimate goal for any young female soccer player. This team consists of some of the best players in the world. Most of the players in this team also play for a professional team, for example Tobin Heath plays for Portland Thorns and Hope Solo plays for Seattle Reign. They get paid to play professionally, but not nationally. The USWNT have won three World Cups, four Olympics Gold Medals, seven CONCACAF gold cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups.
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Evolution of Soccer (Inquire and Explore)

Soccer started in England in the late 19th century. Soccer is also known as "football", "futbal", "voetbal", "futebal", etc. The term "the beautiful game" is a well deserved name for the number one played sport in the world. Soccer is such a popular sport because it can be played and enjoyed by both children and adults, both female and male. It is so easy to learn, that's why most kids start out playing it at a young age. This is one of the few sports played worldwide. It unites countries as one. Soccer didn't start out as it is now. They didn't have a brand new soccer ball or a perfectly outlined field or a full team of 11. It started out on the streets with maybe an old ball or anything to kick around trying to score in an old bucket. Eventually people began to love the sport and it evolved.
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Game Plan (Analyze and Interpret)

Every coach has a different idea or perspective on the game. Some focus more on defending and some focus more on scoring. It really just depends on your coach. All the positions are equally important, and you can't win the game without each and every one of them. The line-up varies with different coaches as well, some like to do a 4-4-2 (four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards...there is no one for the goalkeeper but its intentional that they are on the field, so it would really be 1-4-4-2) You the can switch up the line-up any way you want, as long as you have 11 players on the field.
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For example, above, is the 4-4-2 (1-4-4-2) line-up. One keeper, four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards. This is one of the more common line-ups.

Go For Your Goals (Take A Stand)

I think more people should play soccer because it is such a fast-paced and lovable sport. Who doesn't love feeling the glory of beating a defender and scoring, or shutting down a forward, or passing in a perfect cross for your team-mate, or blocking an awesome shot and making the game winning save?! It never gets boring. That's one reason to love it so much. One of the main reasons why I love it is because the competition. It a team sport and there's not may things in the world that feel better than winning a tournament with your 2nd family. When in a team sport, you can gain some lifelong friendships. It unites and connects people. What's not to love?
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