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How to Be Good At Soccer

How To Play Soccer

Want to learn how to play soccer, or improve your current soccer skills? You have to start somewhere, and we think this How to Be Good At Soccer article is a great place to start!

From juggling, to passing to shooting, you’ll find a host of helpful soccer tips, drills and tactics. Enjoy!

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New data on how to prevent soccer hamstring injuries.

hamstring injuries in soccer
Hamstring strains account for 1 of every 7 soccer injuries.

Research shows that hamstring injuries account for 1 out of every 7 injuries in soccer. Nearly 25% of players who injure their hamstring are likely to re-injure it. Recovery can take up to several months in some cases.

Given this data, we thought we’d share these new findings on how to prevent hamstring strains in the first place. Take a few minutes to read through it; you and your team may greatly benefit.

Tips For Taking Penalty Kicks

Hope Solo penalty kick The U.S. Women’s World Cup loss has shone the spotlight back onto one of the sport’s most controversial aspects: penalty kicks.

With that in mind, we encourage you to check out this helpful ‘how to’ article on penalty kicks, including viewpoints from several different soccer experts.

Can strength training improve soccer kick velocity or distance?

Playing a quality long ball is an important piece of the soccer performance puzzle. Add to that, the need for attackers to strike high-speed shots and it is easy to see that kicking velocity and distance are critical to success on the soccer pitch.

Soccer Player Kicking Soccer Ball

Plyometric training can improve soccer kicking velocity and distance.

Can this aspect of a player’s game be improved? Check out what researchers at the University of Nevada Las Vegas found out in this latest entry from The Science of Soccer Online.

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10 ways to improve your game away from the soccer field.

Soccer player juggling soccer ballSoccer training doesn’t have to end when you leave the practice field! There are many things you can do at home. From Yahoo! Sports Contributor Edwin Torres, here are 10 ways to improve your game while you’re away from the pitch.

Of course, when it’s time to hit the pitch, we selfishly encourage you and your team to check out our soccer uniform kits so you can properly showcase your skills!

Understanding offside in soccer: think P-I-G.

soccer linesman flagOne of our favorite soccer scribes, David Falk, recently checked in with Seattle-area referee Ray Moffatte on the all-too-complex Law 11. Moffatte says to simplify things, think of the word PIG:

The “P” stands for position. Was the player receiving the pass in an offside position when the ball was played by a teammate?

The “I” stands for involved. Was the player who was in an offside position involved in the play? Sometimes a player who was in an offside position will clearly indicate that they are not playing the ball thus allowing a teammate who was in an onside to play the ball.

The “G” stands for gains and advantage. Does the player in an offside position gain an advantage by being in that position? One example being, a player in an offside position shielding a goalkeeper from playing the ball that is shot towards the goal. Another example is when a player is in an offside position when a shot is taken and then scoring on a rebound off the goalkeeper or a rebound off the frame of the goal.

Visit Seattle Soccer Examiner for the full story, and be sure to check out our own selection of soccer referee gear and accessories for what you might need in that department.