Important Soccer Rules Every Mom Should Know

Soccer is a bit more complicated than it appears on the surface. Yes, the goal is to kick the ball into the net on the opposite end. Knowing a few of the nuances of the rules, however, can make a big difference. You'll enjoy the game more and you'll be able to have informed discussions about the game with your child.

Here are some of the most important rules you should know about.

==> What Is a Foul?

A foul is when a player hurts another player through pushing, charging at or hitting an opponent.

Fouls can often be an area of great contention. One player might think a certain play was a foul, while another player might disagree.

The most important point to realize about fouls is that bumping shoulders does not count as a foul. If one player pushes another player out of the way with just the shoulders, that's not a foul.

It's only when hands or elbow shoving gets involved that it becomes a foul. Remember that in a soccer game, the referee's call is what goes.

==> Out of Bounds

When a ball goes out of bounds, the ball goes to the opposite team. The team does what's called a throw-in, where the ball is grasped with both hands and tossed back into the game.

==> Where Does the Ball Go?

If a ball is near the end goal the rules are a little different.

If the team that's trying to kick the ball in misses and the ball goes out of bounds, the ball goes to the goalie.

On the other hand, if the ball is kicked out by the defending team, the ball then gets kicked off from the corner.

==> Different Types of Penalty or Free Kicks

There are many different rules in soccer that govern exactly what kind of kick a team should be penalized with. Broadly, these kicks fall into two categories: direct and indirect free kick.

A direct free kick is when a player is allowed to kick the ball directly at the goal. The most common type of direct free kick is the penalty kick, which happens after an incident near the goal - either a foul or if a player touches the ball with his hands.

Indirect free kicks are awarded for lesser infractions. These kicks cannot score a direct goal. Instead, the goal of the kick is to get the ball to a teammate who can then score.

==> The Two Touch Rule

When you're kicking or throwing a ball back into the field, you can only touch the ball once.

That means you can't lightly kick the ball to the side then kick it again towards the goal. You can't throw a ball into the field and then kick it yourself either.

You can only touch the ball once when you're throwing the ball in.

These are some of the most important rules you should know while watching the game.

Important Soccer Rules Every Mom Should Know



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