Obstruction in soccer refers to a type of foul where a player impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is out of playing distance.
Even if the contact is minimal, the offender’s intent to stop the player rather than the ball makes it a cynical move and an unfair challenge.
You’re likely to witness multiple obstruction calls in any soccer game.Continue reading
Most people have a general idea of how soccer works.
11 players on either team run around the field and try to outscore each other.
That said, if you’re new to the beautiful game, scoring in soccer (the scoring system) may be a little alien.
Unlike most American sports, soccer games can end in ties, with both teams sharing the spoils.Continue reading
Penalty kicks provide some of the most exciting and dramatic moments in soccer games.
This 1-v-1 spot kick from 12 yards between the kicker and the goalkeeper seems a relatively straightforward task for professionals.
However, considering the pressure of the moment and the quality of goalkeepers, they’re more difficult to convert than you might think.
In fact, it’s estimated that players only score 75% of penalties.Continue reading
Extra time is an important feature of cup competitions that helps determine the winner of a game after a tie.
A standard soccer game consists of two 45-minute halves with a 15-minute interval in between.
Unlike most American sports — like basketball, football, or baseball — the clock doesn’t stop running when the ball goes out of play or there’s a stoppage for a foul, corner, throw-in, substitution, goal kick, injury, or substitution.Continue reading
9v9 soccer games are predominantly played by U11 and U12 youth teams, right before they make the switch to 11v11 on a full-size field.
Since there are fewer players competing, 9v9 soccer field dimensions are a little smaller than the regulation size.
At this stage of their soccer careers, many players are technically sound and capable of competing at a good standard.Continue reading