Football is the world's most popular sports both in numbers of players and spectators. Football can be played anywhere and by anyone despite age, gender or type of ability! The biggest advantage is without a doubt the flexibility of turf whether it's playing fields, pitches, gymnasiums, streets, parks or even beaches.
According to FIFA's Big Count survey in 2006, there were 265 million players actively involved in soccer around the world, roughly about 4 percent of the world's population. It's not practiced or dominated by one particular country. This universality in the nature of the game, the fact that it goes beyond any kind of cultural or religious boundaries makes it very a very special game for those who practice. And for those who don't yet, you're at the right place to learn how to play football game in absolutely no time because of the simplicity in its rules and equipment used.
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Here are instructions on how to play football game:
Learning the Basics of Football in Stages!
There are dozens of technical skills in football from scoring a goal to doing a header, passing well to your teammate, dribbling, controlling the ball, doing throw-ins, defending, and more. So here's a quick overview on how to be a good football player.
1. Understanding The Rule Of The Game
Matches are 11-a-side, with 10 field players who cannot use their hands and 1 goalkeeper who is allowed to catch the ball inside the penalty area.
You must always tackle the ball, not your opponent.
Games are split into two 45-minute halves and the winner is whoever scores more goals than their opponent in the given time. To score, you have to send the ball into your opponent's goal.
The offside rule is what spices things up: you cannot be closer to the goal than the last field defender when receiving the ball from your partner.
2. Technical Exercises Before Playing Football
Every footballer must train to run fast. To do this, it’s important to ensure that you warm up properly and work on your speed. Each and every muscle in your body is used to maximize your running potential.
3. Learn To Do A Header
Depending on the situation in the game, this technique can be used to clear the ball, pass to a teammate or score a goal. A header involves touching the ball with your head (ideally your forehead).
To give it more power, bend your legs, swing your chest backward and then push it forward by tensing your abs. As you finish this swinging movement, push your neck forwards too. As for where to hit it, try to position the ball on your forehead. It's just the right shape for the job as well as being the boniest, and therefore least painful, part of your head. For pinpoint accuracy in your positioning, take a few steps to get yourself in just the right place. When you do a header, don't close your eyes: keep them open for better aim.
4. Discover Passing Techniques
A short pass is one that rolls along the ground to make it easier for the teammate receiving the ball to control.
You stand on one foot and use the other to kick the ball. Place the foot you're standing on level with the ball, around 20 cm to the left if you're right-handed. It should be facing your target. It's also important that your shoulders are facing your target.
Kick the ball with the flat of your foot, in other words, the inside.
To do so, turn your foot out and aim to kick the ball with the central part.
Bend the leg you're standing on and turn your other leg side-on. This will give you better stability and a more fluid movement.
This pass lets you send the ball to a teammate who is far away from you. The ball should go up into the air so that opponents cannot intercept it so easily.
Position the foot you're standing on 20 cm to the left of the ball if you're right-handed. Kick the bottom part of the ball close to where it's touching the ground using the top of the inside of your foot. Make sure you keep this leg straight to give the ball more power. When you kick the ball, extend the opposite arm to your kicking foot as this will help you keep your balance.
5. Improve Your Dribbling Skills
Dribbling (in football terms) allows you to maneuver the ball around the field without losing possession. Mastering the skill takes a lot of hours of practice but hey, you'll have to start somewhere. We'll take you through the basics.
First of all, it's important to know that there are almost 9 types of dribbling drills, namely;
The Sombrero Dribble - A sombrero kick allows you to dribble past your opponent. It consists in flicking the the ball over the your opponent's head and resuming dribbling on the other side of them
The Nutmeg Dribble - The between-the-leg pass, commonly known as a 'nutmeg.' Nutmegging is where you tap the ball through an opponent’s legs and recover it behind them. Most of the time, it's by tricking your opponent do that you succeed in getting them to part their legs so that you can pass the ball between them
The Run Around Dribble - The run around allows you to “dribble” the ball past an opponent in front of you.The essence of this technique is to flick the ball past your opponent while running around the opposite side of them, to then recover the ball.
The Step-Over - The stepover allows you to dribble around an opponent in front of you. It consists of tricking your opponent by making them think that you're going to dribble the ball in one direction, and then actually dribbling it in another. It's possible to do a stepover with each leg and then to link them together one after the other.
The Feint Dribble - The feint allows you to avoid an opponent who is in front of you.The move is similar to a step-over and it consists of making the opponent think you are going to move in one direction so that you can quickly move the other way. It is called a feint because the body movement tricks the opponent without needing to move the ball.
Quickly Turn the Ball Dribble- It's one of the most commonly-used dribbling techniques and allows you to changes directions in one quick movement the quick-turn consists in placing your foot on the opposite side of the ball to the direction direction to that the is currently travelling in.
The Roulette Turn Dribble - A roulette allows you to dribble the ball around an opponent; To do the roulette, you should dribble the ball with your strong foot.our strong foot is the one with which you are most confident when shotting the ball. When you find yourself facing an opponent at close range (around 1 metre away), roll the ball backwards with the sole of your stronger foot.
The Two Touch Dribble - A two touch dribble will assist you in beating an opponent who is directly in front of you. The move involves flicking the ball quickly from one foot to the other in order to change your direction of play.
The Drag BackDribble - A drag-back allows you to get away from an opponent by going around them, whether they are in front of you or slightly to the side.
Your initial practice can start by taking your football to open spaces and practicing your dribble back and forth. Dribble toward a direction with one-foot, turn around and then dribble back with your opposite foot.To get used to different types of touches, turn your body to the side and do the same thing. As and when you get more comfortable, gradually increase your dribbling pace while keeping the ball under control.
6. Learn To Control The Ball
Good ball control is very important in football because it allows you to move around without losing the ball. Ball control involves keeping the ball close to you so that you can frequently change the pace and direction.
Take small steps and guide the ball using your stronger foot (whichever feels most comfortable kicking).
7. How To Do A Throw In
A throw-in is essentially that moment when you restart the game after the ball has gone out of the boundaries of play.
It might not feel like a very glamorous skill to master but it has an importance. Since you’ve set up your mind to learn how to play football, you need to learn it through and through. An effective throw can enable a successful attacking move and helps you maintain possession.
When is a throw-in awarded?
A throw-in is awarded when the ball has passed over the touchline, either on the ground or in the air.
The throw is taken from the spot where the ball has gone out of play
A throw-in goes to the opposite team of the person who gets the ball out of play
How to take a throw-in?
Hold the ball with both hands, one on each side.
Place your feet on the spot from where the ball exited the field of play.
Arch your back.
Lift the ball up and over your head.
Release the ball with a forward flick of the wrists toward the direction of your teammate in order to maintain possession.
Re-enter the game but don't touch the ball until someone else has.
8. How To Be A Better Goalkeeper
While you’re learning how to be a good football player, why not also learn how to be a better goalkeeper. The role of a goalie is an important one in determining a teams success. The primary role of the goalkeeper is to stop and catch the ball when a player of the opposition shoots at their goal. A blocked shot not only preserves the score of the game but can shift the momentum of the entire game.
There are a lot of methods to stop a ball depending on the precision and the strength of the shot. Here are some tips to ensure you become the best keeper you can be.
Develop your kicking as well as throwing skills. Prioritize timings.
Stay focused on the game all the time even if the ball is away from your 18 yard box.
Always keep your eye on the ball.
Try and read the body language of your opponent.
Get your feet, hands and eyes in sync
Enhance your communication with your teammates
9. Learn How To Defend While Playing Football
Learn how to position yourself to defend in football. This is an important stance in learning how to play football. All the players in the team who do not have possession of the ball have to defend. Their goal is to stop their opponents from scoring a goal, to provoke them into making errors and to intercept the ball.
In most football matches, each player has a direct opponent, in other words they have a player they have to mark and defend against,when their team does not have possession of the ball. Always position yourself between your opponent and the goal you are protecting. Stay around two metres from them. Move back when they move forwards through bending your legs and angling yourself at at a 45 degree angle to them. Keep your focus on the ball. Be ready to intervene if your opponent leaves too large a distance between themselves and the ball in order to intercept or clear it away.
Note which is the preferred foot of your opponent. Once you have identified it, angle yourself at 45 degrees on the side of their strong footing order to force them to dribble the ball with their weaker foot. The situation will become much less dangerous for your team! You now know how yo defend properly in football!
Now that you’ve learnt how to play football, there’s no reason to not get on the pitch immediately. But wait, make sure you first pick up the right set of gear to get going.
As a defender with the typical defender's build, what's the best way to stop a small, quick, explosive, dribbling striker? And how do you do it without resorting to dirty tactics like the notorious throat/neck tackle?