is a game quite similar to hockey. The only difference
is that you don't need sticks and you hit the ball
with your legs. The setup is not too different from
hockey. 2 teams will go one-on-one and try to shoot
the ball with their legs into the other teams goal
which is protected by a goalie. The ball is tactfully
dribbled and passed between the team members while
the other team tries and grabs the ball with their
feet. Kicking the opponent team is not allowed,
nor is pushing and speaking. It is a fast moving
game and has very few rules.
DO YOU NEED ?
You need to concentrate on 3 areas before playing
football. Equipment, Players and Location.
Fortunately the main thing you need to play football
is a football. You can also have shin pads to protect
your shins and your shoes need to have a good grip.
Shoes with studs on the soles are preferable and
you should take care that they do not come above
your ankles. Long socks are advisable since football
can be quite a mucky sport and is best enjoyed in
the monsoons. Make your child wear shorts and a
t-shirt. He must be comfortable since the sport
requires a lot of running and dribbling.
The soccer ball is easily available at any sports
store. It is generally cased in leather with an
inflated tubing inside. An average circumference
size of 28 inches and it's light weight with spotted
black and white or coloured hexagons on the surface
mark the distinct personality of this ball.
150 - 350
240 - 1100
75 - 250
The above prices are indicative prices and
may vary according to the quality / brand
To play football you need 11 players on each team
and a few substitutes. The players are divided into
attackers and defenders. One generally demarcates
them as 3 defenders, 5 mid-fielders and 2 forwards
along with the goalie.
Football merely requires an open field with 2 goals
on either end. Choose one that is rectangular and
preferably with short cropped grass to avoid injury.
Make sure that the earth is not rocky and is free
of ditches since the players are required to run
a lot and most of their concentration lies on the
LET'S PLAY !
game is timed for 90 minutes with a half time at
45 minutes. The 2 sides toss a coin to decide who
gets possession of the ball at the center of the
field and then the side which wins kicks off. The
players need to dribble and pass the ball constantly
from one to another, making their way towards their
opponent's goal. The attackers go forward with the
ball while the midfielders keep on trying to get
the ball into the opponent's half of the field.
The defenders make sure that the ball does not come
near the goalie. In case one of the players gets
injured, he can quickly be substituted by a reserve
There are a few terms in soccer that your child
may need to remember :
Corners : When the defending team's player
touches the ball just before it passes over the
boundary of the goal line, the opponents are allowed
a kick from the corner of the defender's goal. This
is called a corner.
Foul : Though football has very few rules
it does tend to get a bit too free at times. Players
lose their tempers and sometimes even hurt each
other physically and verbally. Such actions lead
to the referee declaring a foul. For example one
cannot trip another player while trying to get the
ball from him. That would constitute a foul.
Dropped Ball : If the game stops for any
reason which is not related to any of the players
the referee can restart the game by dropping the
ball in the center of the field.
Marking : In this technique the players
'mark' the opponent's individual players and allow
them very little room for action. That way they
are not allowed to intercept passes and one has
a check on the opponents.
Tackling : This is the art of whisking
away the ball from the opponent while he is dribbling
towards your goal.
Free Kick : These are given to the opposite
team when a member of a team fouls for any reason.
Throw-in : If the ball crosses the touch
line then the game is restarted by a member of the
team which has not made the error. He picks up the
ball and throws it in towards his team member and
the game goes on.
Wall : When a free kick is awarded, the
members of the defending team line up beside each
other and create a barrier for the ball so that
it does not get through. This is called a wall.