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How to play soccer


How do I play soccer?

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Everywhere outside the U.S, soccer is called football. The standard rules for soccer is handled by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA.)

Each team has 11 players. The play setup is a lot like basketball, with players in positions across the field.

The goalie can use any part of his or her body to block the ball, but the other players are not allowed to touch the ball their hands or arms. He can only move within an 18 meter "penalty box" around the goal.

In front of the goalie are four defenders, including three backs and a sweeper. The sweeper stands behind the three backs to kick any balls they miss. In front of the defenders are the midfield players.Near the opposing goal are the forwards: left wing, right wing, and strikers at the center. There is no set number of players for each section: Teams often alternate between three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards, or four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards.

A goal is scored when the ball crosses the goal line beneath the crossbar. If there's a foul, the opponent team gets to make a penalty kick. In general, fouls are called for roughhousing or violating the offsides rule.


The game is played in two halves, each lasting 45 minutes. If the teams tie, the game ends in a draw. There is no overtime.

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