A Cheatsheet for Soccer Newbies

Everyone has to start somewhere, and that applies to soccer, too! If you are a player just getting started, a parent who wants to better understand what their child is doing, or maybe you just want to know more about the game itself to enjoy it on TV, there is a lot to learn. But today, QueensCast is going to concentrate on just the basics.

The Soccer Field: The field is usually 100 yards long and 50 feet wide with a goal situated at each end. On the field, there are penalty areas, the 10-yard radius center in which kickoffs occur, and the corners. The field can either be grass or artificial, like AstroTurf.

The Positions: Each team has 11 players. Here are the positions and their roles.

  • Goalkeeper: This position means he or she is responsible for keeping the ball out of the goal and is the only person allowed to use their hands.
  • Midfielders: This position requires the most amount of running, as they move between offense and defense quickly.
  • Defenders: These positions are located in front of the goalkeeper, and they are in charge of preventing the opposing team from scoring
  • Forwards: Forwards are the players in charge of scoring the points. The striker is, generally, the one who scores the most points for their team.

The Clock: There is a first half and second half, and both are 45 minutes. However, there is stoppage time, which means that any time the play clock is stopped, it will be added to the end of the half in which it was stopped. It is not an exact science, as the referee makes this determination.

The Ref: This is the one responsible for the clock and also the issuing of cards. Cards are handed out to those committing fouls. A yellow card is a warning to the player. A red card means a more serious infraction has occurred and that player must leave the game. When that happens, it is called “playing a man down,” which means that team has 10 players, not the full 11. Also, two yellow cards equal one red card.

Terms to Know

Match: A match is basically the same thing as a game: two or more teams compete against each other, though soccer purists prefer the term match over game.

Pitch: The pitch is what a soccer field is called.

Offsides: If a player from the attacking team is behind the last defender of the other team, and the ball is played to the attacking player, then that player is in an offsides position. This results in a free kick for the defending team.

"PK": A PK is a penalty kick, which means that one team gets a free kick at the goal for a penalty received against that team.

We hope that if you are new to the exciting world of soccer, you have learned a few new things to help better understand this awesome sport. For even more soccer tips, please browse the QueensCast blog.