Soccer is more than a sport, it is a passion. I come from a family that revolves around sports. Soccer is the biggest sport in my life. I have grown up in a family where you eat, sleep, and breathe soccer. I was influenced by this sport ever since I had learned to walk. If I was not playing or watching my dad and brother play soccer games, I was watching games with my dad on T.V. I grew up watching my dad coach many teams until I was old enough for him to coach me. He made it clear to me that in a game, he was a coach first and a dad second.
As time went by, I would be in the back yard or the basement kicking a ball around. As I grew up, my dad instilled in me a competitive nature and a love of this game. When I would get upset or overwhelmed at home, I would get a ball and go find a place to practice. As I kicked the ball, worked on my dribbling, and shot at a small goal my dad bought for me, I felt all of my worries melt away. When I started, soccer was merely a sport but soon it became an escape for me.
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In the summer of my 8th-grade year, I was becoming increasingly stressed. I was worried about making my high school soccer team. In my mind I kept thinking I was not fast enough, my passes were not good enough, and I was not good enough. The very thing I love the most was now making me feel imprisoned with doubt.
One summer night, I looked out into the backyard that held so many memories of me kicking soccer in with my dad. I realized that I became so competitive that I had forgotten about my love of the game. That night I went out into my backyard and practiced soccer. This time I didn’t think about me possibly failing. My only thought was “God I love this sport”. Once I stopped thinking about the chance of failure, the relaxing feeling came back. My prison had once again become my paradise.
When High soccer tryouts started, I played my heart out. I worked all summer for this tryout and I was not going to fail. I had some thoughts that this kid or that kid was better than me, but I quickly expelled those thoughts from my head. When tryouts ended and I saw the roster, I looked for my name. I finally saw my name at the very bottom of the list. We practiced every day after school. I would practice on my own on the weekends. When I was walking to the field for my first game, I thought to myself “God I love this sport”. I believe that because I see soccer as a part of who I am, it is not just a sport, it is a passion.
Since I have use of reason I like soccer. I was born in Peru, but I was raised in Colombia. By that time Peru had a great soccer team, better than the Colombian team, and I was very proud of it. My favorite soccer team in Colombia was Independiente Santa Fe. I was a few days to celebrate my 11 birthday and my father took me and my brother to “Nemesio Camacho” stadium, “El Campin” in Bogota, Colombia, to see the most important game in Colombian soccer, the capital’s classic, Independiente Santa Fe vs Atletico Millonarios, in street language santafe-millos.
It was April 29, 1979, and I didn’t know, but I was going to see the best all-time game between both teams. My first visit to a soccer game will change forever a simple affection on a great passion, a great “soccer passion. ” El Campin stadium in Bogota, Colombia is located on 30th road, one of the most important streets in Bogota. It is a modern stadium, even today.
This day, Sunday, April 29, 1979, started very early for my brother and me, I was very excited about the game and see it in the stadium. Every minute looks like one hour, that day ran so slowly, my brother and I were counting the seconds to go at the game.
It was around 1 pm when we went out to the stadium, and when we arrived it was full of people, cars and, sellers. You can smell people’s passion. There were a lot of sellers selling memories about each team, t-shirts, food, and too many things more. The atmosphere was really hot. When we went inside the stadium, I felt a power sensation. Everything looks like it was going to be an amazing day.
The stadium was full, people were singing songs from their teams, they cried their favorite soccer player names, and they cried that their team will be the winner. In some spots, people with noisy stereos were dancing tropical songs and they showed with their t-shirts with their team preference. When the teams took the field, it was amazing, millions of small pieces of paper fly around the stadium. Thunderous fireworks lit up the stadium and people were celebrating an incredible party. Everything was ready for the game.
The game was the best soccer game that I have ever seen. A few minutes after the game started, my team Santa Fe, scored the first goal, and 10 minutes later, my favorite soccer player Ernesto Diaz, was scoring the second goal. Santa Fe’s fans were excited; I remember seeing many fans in tears of joy.
The game continued and Millonarios led by his best soccer player Willington Ortiz took control of the game, and the goals started coming. Millonarios scored 4 times in less than 30 minutes. There were much confusion and disorder in my team. Santa Fe’s coach made desperate changes to the team and a young football player entering the field, Torres.
Torres was the correct change, the team started to play around him and goals did not take long. Santa Fe scored two goals in the last 15 minutes of the game, leaving the match tied 4-4. When the game was finished for the referee, people were fascinated, this game has been amazing.
According to soccer literates, we were in one of the best soccer games between both teams. For too many people it was the best all-time Bogota’s classic soccer game. As a result of that game my soccer passion grew and grew and still continuously growing.
Now soccer is part of my life, I usually go to the stadium whenever I can. Thought soccer I can understand this world with their people and behaviors. Definitely that day something happens in my life, it likes a seed soccer’s passion had been planted into myself, and now still growing, because my first visit to a soccer game was amazing.
Soccer is the world’s most popular sport. It is the national sport of most European and Latin-American countries, and of many other nations. Millions of people in more than 140 countries play soccer. The World Cup is held every four years. Soccer is one of the most famous international sport. Soccer is known worldwide and is played in the Olympics:
In a soccer game, there are two teams of 11 players who try to score a point by kicking a ball into the opponent’s net. Soccer is played on a rectangular field with a net on each short side of the field. All players must hit the ball with their feet or body and only the goalie is allowed to touch the ball with his/her hands. There are many things you can do to condition yourself to play.
Soccer the way we play it came from England in the 1800’s. Soccer was not that popular until the mid-1900s. Today soccer is very popular and it is one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports. There are many exercises and drills you can do to improve how you play soccer. There is also much physical conditioning that players can do. Soccer can help you stay fit and healthy. Many people can play soccer and benefit from it. Soccer is very fun and a great recreational sport.
History of the Activity
Games similar to soccer were played in China as early as 400 BC. In about 200 AD the Romans played a game in which two teams tried to score by advancing a ball across a line on the field. The Romans passed the ball to one another but they never kicked it. London children in about 1100 played a form of soccer in the streets. During the 1800s the people of England played a game similar to soccer.
Many rules changed and each person interpreted the rules differently. In 1848 a group of school representatives met at Trinity College in Cambridge and drew up the first of soccer rules. In 1863 English soccer clubs founded the Football Association.
By the late 1800s soccer began to spread to the rest of the world. The Canadian Soccer Association was established in 1912 while the United States Soccer Federation was set up in 1913. The first World Cup Championship was in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since then it has been played every four years except during WWII. During the 1970s soccer grew to be a very popular spectator sport as well as a participant sport.
A soccer game begins with a kickoff in the center of the field. A coin is flipped to decide which team will kickoff. The other team kicks off at the start of the second half when the teams switch sides or nets. After a team scores, the other team gets to kick off to begin again. The kickoff takes place in the middle of the field. When the ball is kicked it must travel the circumference of the ball and touch another player before the kicker can touch the ball again.
After the ball is in play it remains in play unless it crosses a goal line or a touchline. All players attempt to stop the ball from coming in their zone while at the same time trying to score a goal. A player may kick the ball into the net with any part of the body except the hands and arms. If the ball goes out of bounds the play is restarted with a corner kick, a goal kick, or a throw-in.
The referee decides what type to use. If the ball crosses the goal line and the defensive team touched it last then there is a corner kick by the offense. If the offense touches the ball last and crosses the goal line then it is a goal kick. A throw-in happens when the ball crosses the touchline. When it crosses the touchline the team that did not touch it last throws the ball in bounds.
The ball is thrown over their head with two hands. Fouls are called when a player does not obey the rules and acts unsportsmanlike. When a foul is called the opposite team receives either a penalty kick, a direct free kick, or and indirect free kick.
There are many exercises that people can do to improve in soccer. Exercises that strengthen your legs and improve flexibility are ideal. Physical conditioning is important if you plan on being good at soccer. Here are five exercises that are ideal for soccer:
Running: running helps to improve cardiovascular fitness. In soccer, there are lots of running for the ball so endurance and speed are a must.
Leg Stretches: using weights can help strengthen the legs. Using weights makes you kick harder and makes the ball travel farther, as a result, you become a better player.
Leg Machines: exercising all muscles in the leg makes you kick harder and prevents injury when you are diving all over for the ball. Strong muscles help prevent injuries.
Stretching: stretching allows you to be more flexible. Sometimes soccer players need to kick the ball in the most awkward positions. Flexibly helps the player to kick the ball in those positions more effectively.
Weight Training: all-around weight training makes a soccer player even better. A stronger body helps prevent injury and improve all-around performance.
Practice Drills help the soccer player be more skillful and a better player. There are many drills that can be done. Drills like dribbling to head butting are often used. Some of these drills include:
Practicing kicking the ball is very important and often done drill. To practice the player will kick the ball into the net. Often there is a goalie that they try to score on. Kicking is the most important skill in soccer. Practicing will make your kick stronger and more controllable.
Passing is also a very important skill. One drill that can be done is to run side by side with another player and pass the ball back and forth. This skill will improve your passing and receiving skills. Passing is also vital in the game of soccer.
The heading is one of the only ways to legally hit the ball when it high in the air. Another player heading can be practiced. One player throws the ball high over the top of the other player. The player then will jump up and hit the ball with his forehead and try to control the ball. Heading is very hard and often lots of practice is required.
Control of the ball is also very important. By setting up pylons in any order and distance and weaving through them in a pattern like formation can improve your control of the ball. Trying to go quickly can also improve your speed of running while dribbling a ball.
One on one practices improves both your dribbling and tackling. With two players one is given the ball and must keep the ball away from the other player. While one player is improving his faking and dribbling the other is practicing his defense and tackling. When this drill is done often it can improve your offense as well as defense.
Soccer can be done in many age groups. Children often play the sport in school as early as elementary school. Many adults also play sport. Seniors rarely play soccer because of the easiness it is for them to get injured. Soccer is often very demanding.
Soccer for many kids can be very fun. Most children don’t think of soccer as work and often enjoy playing soccer. Adults also sometimes find soccer fun and even some adults have careers in the area as a professional soccer player.
Soccer is very valuable in obtaining “life long” fitness. Soccer can be a very demanding sport. Soccer can improve your cardiovascular fitness as well as strength and flexibility. All the physical conditioning and practice drills are very important in keeping fit. Soccer players are able to be healthy and strong because of physical involvement.
Soccer is a popular sport played all over the world. Even though it has only been popular in the United States for the past 30 years, soccer has been a long time favorite most everywhere else. The sport dates back to the Egyptians, who played games involving the kicking of a ball. Now, the sport has grown to a global pastime, including men’s and women’s teams, and the World Cup (which is played every four years).
Soccer originated with kicking games played by people in ancient civilizations. The modern version came about in the early nineteenth century, in England. It started as a game involving kicking and handing, but later this branched off into two separate sports: rugby and football (which is what the English call soccer). Around the late nineteenth century, English soccer began spreading over Europe.
Other countries also caught on, but the United States was one of the most reluctant, and one of the last to implement soccer as a national sport. The North American Soccer League (NASL) was formed in 1968. But it didn’t gain popularity until the 1970’s.
The modern game of soccer has a simple goal: kick or head the ball into the goal of your opponent’s team. Basically, there is also one simple rule: No one except the goalkeeper may use their hands to play the ball. Soccer is a simplistic sport.
Eleven members of each team defend their side of the field to prevent the ball from being forced into their goal, which results in a point scored by the team kicking the ball. There are only three officials involved during play: The referee, and two linesmen.
The equipment used in soccer is also very simple. In addition to the field itself, all that is needed for a game is two goals (eight feet high and eight yards apart) and a ball. Each player wears hard plastic or padded shinguard, covered by long socks, for protection during play. Cleats are also worn for traction on the field.
A goalie may also wear a special padded shirt, and gloves to protect his or her hands. A standard field, as regulated by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (or FIFA), has a length between 100 and 130 yards, and a width of between 50 and 100 yards.
The rules of play for soccer have deliberately been kept simple. The referee makes most of the decisions and attempts to encourage fair play. The game starts off with a kickoff, and the teams are allowed to pass, dribble, juggle, head, kick, and shoot the ball to place it down the field, and (hopefully, or eventually) into their opponent’s goal. If the ball is kicked off the field over the length of the field, the other team is given a throw-in, where the ball is thrown over the player’s head, and back onto the field.
If the ball is kicked over the goal, or across the width of the field, either a corner kick results (by the offensive team, where the ball is placed on the corner of the field and kicked into play) or the defensive team is awarded a goal kick, where the ball is placed on the corner of the goal box, and kicked back into play. If a goal is scored, the ball is taken back to the center of the field, and the team scored against kicks off.
Other penalties include direct and indirect free kicks and penalty kicks. For offenses such as shoving and tripping, either a direct free kick (offenses not in the goal box) or a penalty kick (inside the goal box) is awarded. Both allow goals to be made directly from the kicks. If a minor offense is being punished, then an indirect free kick is given, a form in which a goal cannot be scored.
Most soccer games have 45-minute halves, and the clock is not stopped except for injuries or deliberate time-wasting. In professional soccer, only three to five substitutions are allowed per half. Generally, more are allowed in lower leagues.
Soccer is now recorded as being the fastest growing sport in America at high school and college levels. There are also an estimated 13 million girls and boys under 18 who currently participate in the sport. It is not just becoming a national pastime, but a pastime loved and shared by people all over the world.
My favorite recreational activity is soccer. I play soccer a lot and have been playing for five or six seasons. in a game not long ago I made a hat trick or three goals in one game. We placed second in our league this year.
There are lots of rules in soccer and they are all very important. If you don’t follow them you will pay the consequences. I’ll tell you about them in this paper.
Probably the most important rule is that you can’t touch the ball with your hands. If you do you will be penalized by the other team getting an indirect kick or a direct kick. The only time it will be a direct kick because of a handball will be when the handball is in the goalie box.
Another rule of soccer is that you can’t hit the other players or curse at them. If you do hit another player you will either get a yellow card or a red card depending on the severeness of the hit and if was an accident or not. A yellow card is a caution and a red card puts you out of the game.
Soccer is played all over the country and all over the world. It is a sport that is in the summer Olympics. The games will be held in Atlanta this year and teams from all over the world will be playing there. Hopefully, we will get tickets to one of the games because I really want to see one.
Soccer is a very fun sport and is very good for me. I love it and will always play it. You should try it you have not already tried it.
Everyone has that certain thing that makes them who they are. That certain thing for me is soccer. It’s my hobby, my biggest interest, and my passion. Soccer isn’t just a sport for me, it’s my life. It has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I have played an intriguing game of soccer since I was four years old, and I have loved it ever since. I am known as a soccer player, which makes sense because it takes up most of my time, and that’s what I’m all about.
I’ve been to Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri for soccer tournaments or games. Since the leagues in the Kansas City area are much more competitive, my family and I spend almost every weekend there due to games. I’ve spent countless hours at games and practices, as well as other workouts and fitness events to better myself as an individual player. I have had to miss other social events with my friends because of my dedication to soccer.
I have even had to miss Friday night football games because of prior soccer commitments, and I love Friday night lights. There are mornings after games and tournaments when I wake up sore, with swollen, black and blue bruises from cleats or from collisions that happened during games, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
Balancing soccer with all other aspects of my life gets a little challenging sometimes. From school with homework to all of the extracurricular activities that I am involved in, I rarely ever have a free night. Between Link Crew…
I love soccer so much. And I really wish I could go far. I grew up around soccer, the thing is my parents never let me play because of the money issues and plus my brothers were in a team so they chose to take them instead of me. I started playing soccer two years ago and I’m 16. I’ve never played in a league team because I don’t have the money. Only for my high school team. But they suck. I go to the practices but I feel like I’m just wasting my time because I’m not learning anything. I’m not to bad I know the basics. It’s just I still freeze when I get the ball, I don’t know what to do. My brothers are sooo good, but they never have time to practice with me. What can I do? For now. Any drills? Advice? I’m looking for a job soon and saving up to join the league.
Bianca googles best soccer drills and a number of drills come up so that you can review and practice them.
When the ball comes to You, look for an open player or take the ball straight for the goal to force the action then pass to an open person or take a shot. You will be surprised by NY how people react afterward.
Dream of what you want to do with this football then try it at least 5 to 10 times the next day.
How can I combine my love for soccer with a business degree?
sports management … it has a lot to do with business, but from a sporty kinda way. there are all the people behind the scenes that go into soccer leagues, all of which are important to the sport.
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