No matter what your age, if you are looking for a way to stay in shape while having fun, you need to learn how to play soccer for beginners. Playing soccer not only involves a ton of cardio as you run up and down the pitch, it involves a lot of teamwork as one person can't go it alone against an entire team. While there are complex aspects of soccer strategies, the game itself is fairly simple. If you just memorize a few simple rules and concepts, you should be able to pick up the rest while you play the game.
Things you'll need:
- Soccer ball
- Soccer field
- Try to score a point. Kicking the ball into your opponent's goal is the only way to accumulate points for your team. The team with the most points when time runs out will be the winner.
- Learn to dribble the ball. Running in open space with the ball at your feet is called dribbling. While this may seem easy in theory, keeping control of the ball while running as fast as you can is difficult. It will take a lot of practice before you feel comfortable moving with the ball.
- Pass to a teammate. When defenders start to approach you, it's going to be tough to hold onto the ball. Kick the ball with the inside of your foot to pass it to a teammate and let your teammate run with the ball in open space.
- Kick the ball toward the net. When you get an opportunity to kick the ball directly at the goal, take it. Even if your short is blocked by the goalie, your team might get a chance to kick in a rebound.
- Don't use your arms or hands. You can use your entire body, except for your arms and hands, to move the ball. Touching the ball with your arms or hand is considered a foul and the your opponents will be given possession of the ball.
- Keep the ball within the boundaries. If you kick the ball and it goes out of bounds, your opponents will get possession of the ball. If you kick the ball over the sidelines, your opponents can then throw the ball back into play. If you kick the ball over the end line near their goal, the opposing goalie will kick the ball back into play. If you kick the ball over your own end line, the opposing team will be granted a corner kick.
- Stay onsides. The offsides rule is probably the only soccer rule that can get a little confusing. When an attacking team kicks a ball forward, no attacking player can be further forward than the second-to-last defender. The goalie is normally the last defender, so for most purposes this means that no attacking player can be behind the defensive players when the ball is kicked. Once the ball is in the air, the attacking player is free to get behind the defense.
- Pay attention. There are a few more rules for soccer. There are many rulebooks available online, but the basics here will give you enough to get started. Watch what the other players are doing to get a better idea of the rules and how they are enforced. Don't be afraid to ask questions, as it will be the only way you will learn.