Soccer Basic Rules – A Beginning Player Can Begin To Learn Soccer Today

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When you decide to play soccer, you will need to familiarize yourself with some basic rules that every player must follow during a soccer game. The rules of soccer will differ from country to country but here is a general overview of the rules that almost every country will have.

The object of the game is for the soccer team to kick the ball into the goal at the opposing end of the field. Every team member is also responsible for making sure that the soccer ball does not become airborne and hit another player when they try to kick it. When a team member cannot control the ball and it hits someone on the body or the net, that player will be sent offside and will forfeit the ball. Sides are usually marked by blue and white stripes, but the exact definition of side may vary from one country to another.

Fouls Are Not Only Common In Soccer

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A foul is a term used to describe a direct violation of the rules in order to bring a team member into the penalty area. Fouls are not only common in soccer, but they are also the main reason that many people start playing soccer in the first place. Fouls can result in either a free kick or a penalty marker. A free kick is a soccer player breaking the opponents’ goal post with a kick, while a penalty mark is a severe disciplinary action that results in a player being sent off or stripped of their soccer clothing. Both of these disciplinary acts will be recorded on the team sheet for the entire match.

The opposing team enters the penalty area (the goal area) from the side that has been given the majority of the first possessions. The ball then must be brought into the opponents’ goal box through the neutral or open field. It is a foul if the ball enters the goal box or the goal post without breaking any of the other Soccer Basic Rules. This is called a “free kick.”

The Referee

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The referee will then inspect the ball and the goal area to see if either there is anything that would constitute a foul or an infringement. If it is deemed that there is an infringement the referee will warn the players and the teams will then take their positions at the goal line, including both teams’ central defenders and wingers. The opposing soccer player that did not commit a foul will be allowed to enter the goal area and the foul will count. However, the defender that did commit the foul will be forced to leave the field.

After the warning has been given, each team has five minutes to play during halftime. When a team has the ball in their attacking team’s goal line, they will have five minutes to kick the ball across the field from side to side. If any player of the defending team touches the ball before the five minutes are up, a foul will be given. The opposing team will receive a direct free kick from the referee. The opposing team may continue to use a foul until two minutes remain in the half time.


When a soccer player kicks the ball across the field, the player will be considered to be “offside.” This will allow the other team an opportunity to take advantage of the situation. The offense will consist of an attacking team stepping forward so that the other team can step back. 

When the ball crosses the goal line, the defending team will be awarded a corner kick. In order to take advantage of this situation, the attacking team must push the ball across the field toward the middle of the field or into the empty goal frame.


When a penalty is issued, the opposing players and/or team members will be subject to a foul penalty. The penalty sanction consists of a yellow and/or red card. The player who receives a yellow card must leave the field and the player who receives a red card must leave the field and will be subject to a red or follow-on yellow card. Foul markers are usually placed around the penalty area to keep track of play.

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