Soccer is an extremely popular sport spanning most of the globe. Also known as “football” in Europe and other places outside North America, it consists of two teams trying to kick a ball into a goal. The roots of soccer go back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC in ancient China where people played by kicking leather balls into small nets. It later became popular in England during medieval times where intense competition and rivalries led to the sport being banned in both 1365 and 1424. Modern soccer began in England in 1863 when fundamental rules were established for what became the modern game of soccer.

Soccer is easy to learn and can be easily played with a few friends in a park or even a backyard. It is also great exercise!

Things to Learn

  1. Know each team position and its responsibilities.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the rules and scoring to your parent or leader.
  3. Define the following soccer terms:
    • Period
    • Box
    • Free kick
    • Give and go
    • Save
    • Volley
    • Charge
    • Juggling
    • Jockeying
    • Marking
  4. Demonstrate the following maneuvers:
    • Trapping
    • Heading
    • Tackling
    • Dribbling
    • Shielding

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