Life isn't complete without a soccer ball at my feet!
How it all started (Express and Reflect)
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
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.