Saturday, October 2, 2010

Basics Part Two

This is a continuation of the “Basics Part One” blog. It continues to discuss the rules and basics of the game. 
The coach and players arrange their team the best way they see fit. For example, a coach can command his players to play a 4-4-2 arrangement, meaning 4 defenders holding in the back, 4 mid-fielders controlling the bridge between the defenders and forwards, and 2 forwards holding the ball and trying to score on the other team’s defense. This arrangement of players can be switched around however the coach and players see fit to try and beat the other team. A team’s structure is not set in stone. Players move all over the field and disrupt the general formation of the team all the time in order to win.
A throw in is given to a team when their opponent kicks the ball out of the field boundaries. However, a corner kick occurs when a team kicks out a ball that travels out of the sideline which their own goal is located on. If, at the end of the game, a tie occurs then one of three things can happen. Option one; depending on the importance of the game, for example a tie is given a point sometimes within pool play, the tie stands and the game is over. Option two; the teams advance to play two 15 minute halves. The game could continue for the entire length of both halves or until the first team scores, otherwise known as golden goal. Option three; the two teams move to a head to head penalty kick shootout. 
During a “PK” shootout, 5 players are selected from each team to shoot a ball 12 yards away from the opposing team’s goal keeper. If, at the end of the shootout, the teams are still tied, for example all 5 players make their shot for both teams, then the teams begin to move on to the a sixth player and then a seventh, etc. 
And that’s about all the basics and rules of the game. If I think of anything else important I may have left out, then I will post the extra information within the comment section.
Thanks everyone!

1 comment:

  1. I read both parts 1 and 2, so I'll just post them on part 2. I remember when I was a kid, I used to always play soccer, in fact I played on a team for two years. Despite that, I still never understood all the rules of the game, shamefully enough. I wish I had actually attempted to play. I never really noticed the formations, I usually just played what the coach told me, (although I was only 10 when I played), I didn't really know anything about the formations and if we could move around in order to adjust to the game play.

    Something I still don't understand, or remember was when the players create the “wall” for a penalty kick? Or something or rather? I don't remember. So could you clarify on that for me?