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Soccer Rules


The basic soccer rules are described in these Definitions. See “Advantage Clause“, “Cards”, “Fouls”, “Hand Ball”, “Offside Rule”, “Shoulder Charge”, “Assistant Referee”, “FIFA”, “Corner Kick”, “Free Kick”, “Goal Kick”, “Kick Off”, “Lines“, “Penalty Kick”, “Substitutions” & “Throw-Ins”. Also, see “Rules” and “Safety Rules”, Basic Information & Tips for Beginning Coaches. Soccer rules are revised annually by FIFA. You can visit www.fifa.com. for the latest official soccer rules, which are called the “Laws of The Game”.


Soccer Receive


(aka “Trap”). Receiving the soccer ball used to be called “trapping” the soccer ball, but today most people use the term “receiving”. Receiving is a very important skill that every coach should teach. A soccer player can “receive” the soccer ball on a pass or a loose ball. The soccer ball is usually received with the foot (inside, outside, top or bottom), but it can also be received with the chest, head, thigh, or any part of the body except the arms (the definition of “arm” is the movable part of the arm up to where the arm joins the shoulder). See “Trap” and “Hand Ball“. I strongly recommend you teach “Passing to Space” and “Aggressive Receiving” — Passing to Space is easier for beginning soccer players and will result in much better ball movement, better ball possession, use of Open Space and “field vision”. Aggressive Receiving is a better way to teach receiving and will result in a big improvement in your soccer players and their ability to retain the soccer ball.


Soccer Receive and Move


The receiver should know if a defender is close by and, if so, he should move toward the soccer ball on a pass & receive the soccer ball so it is shielded from the defender or block it into open space away from the defender. Receiving is a very important skill that every soccer coach should teach. A soccer player can “receive” the soccer ball on a pass or a loose ball. The soccer ball is usually received with the foot (inside, outside, top or bottom), but it can also be received with the chest, head, thigh, or any part of the body except the arms (the definition of “arm” is the movable part of the arm up to where the arm joins the shoulder). See “Trap” and “Hand Ball“.


Soccer Hand Ball


Strangely, the term “Hand Ball” is commonly used, but is not defined in the official FIFA rules. It is a “direct kick foul” if a player (other than the goalkeeper inside his own penalty area) deliberately handles the ball (meaning to deliberately touch the ball with any part of the arm from the finger tips to the top of the shoulder). If the player handles it for the purpose of preventing an opponent from gaining possession, it is a “cautionable offense” and a yellow card should be given. If a player deliberately handles the ball to deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity (e.g., to prevent a breakaway or to deliberately stop a shot), a red card should be given and the player “sent off”. However, a hand ball foul should not be called if: (1) a player is instinctively trying to protect himself from injury or (2) the player did not deliberately touch the ball but the ball hit his arm & he did not move the arm toward the ball (however, if the player’s arms were in an unnatural position such as above his shoulders or sticking out to the sides, then he should be called for a handball). (See “Fouls“).


Soccer Free Kick


When one team is penalized, the other usually gets a “free kick”. There are 2 types of free kicks (direct & indirect) and a special type of Direct Free Kick called a Penalty Kick:

  • Direct Free Kick – Where a goal may be scored by kicking the ball directly into the opponent’s goal without anyone else touching it (although it still counts if someone else does touch it).
  • Indirect Free Kick – On which a goal may be scored only if another player touches the ball before it enters the goal. Question: “How do you know if a free kick is indirect’” Answer: “The referee will raise his arm above his head and leave it up until the ball is kicked”. On an indirect kick you should have one player gently tap the ball so another player standing behind the ball can kick it; or pass it to someone who shoots it. If on an Indirect Free Kick the ball is kicked into the goal without anyone else touching it (other than the kicker) the goal does not count and the other team is awarded a goal kick. However, if the ball is touched by a player on either team, including the goalkeeper, before it goes into the goal, the goal counts.
  • Penalty Kick – When a player commits a foul within his own Penalty Box, which would normally result in a Direct Free Kick, the other team is given a Penalty Kick (”PK”). (See “Penalty Kick”). On Penalty Kicks, everyone but the kicker & goalkeeper must stay out of the Penalty Box until the kicker moves the ball.

    On Direct & Indirect Free Kicks, defenders must stay away from the kicker (6 yards if U-8, 8 yards if U-10 & 10 yards for U-12 & older) until a player on the kicking team moves the ball, if they don’t they can receive a yellow card. (See “Fouls“, “Hand Ball“, “Cards“, “Offside Rule“, & “Penalty Kick“. Go to www.fifa.com. for more details). The Offside Rule applies on Free Kicks.


  • Soccer Fouls


    There are 2 kinds of soccer fouls, Direct Kick Fouls & Indirect Kick Fouls. (Rules are called “Laws Of The Game” and are changed each year. Go to www.fifa.com. for current rules. See “Cards” for more fouls & penalties):

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    Direct Kick Fouls – For which the other team receives a “direct free kick” (meaning a goal can be scored by kicking the ball straight into the goal) or a “penalty kick” (”PK”) if the foul occurs within the Penalty Box (Note: It doesn’t matter whether the ball was in the Penalty Box or not; what matters is where the foul was committed). There are 10 direct kick fouls. The rules say that the referee should call a foul for numbers 1 thru 6 if he believes they are committed in a manner he considers “careless, reckless or using excessive force”:
    1. kicking or attempting to kick an opponent. Accidentally kicking an opponent while tackling the ball is not a foul unless it was careless, reckless, or there was excessive force. If a player slide tackles from the front, it will be considered at least “dangerous play” (which is an indirect kick foul), or kicking, or tripping, or “unsporting behavior”, even if the ball is contacted, since it would at the least be reckless or dangerous. (See “Cards, Red Card, Serious Foul Play”)
  • tripping or attempting to trip an opponent (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • charging into an opponent (the goalkeeper can also be called for this if his action is careless, reckless or uses excessive force),
  • striking or attempting to strike an opponent (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • pushing an opponent, including the goalkeeper (if careless, reckless or using excessive force),
  • jumping at an opponent in a careless or reckless manner or using excessive force (this includes jumping for a header if an opponent is carelessly or recklessly bumped, and jumping at the goalkeeper),
  • blatant holding or pulling (including holding clothing, using any part of the body to hold an opponent & “Sandwiching”),
  • making contact with an opponent before touching the ball when tackling an opponent to gain possession of the ball (Note: it is always a foul if the tackler contacts the ballhandler before touching the ball. However, it can still be a direct kick foul if the ball is touched first but the tackler was “careless, reckless, or used excessive force” and was judged to have kicked, tripped, charged or jumped at the ballhandler. Or, if the Referee believes the tackler played in a “dangerous manner”, an indirect kick can be awarded),
  • spitting at an opponent, even if it doesn’t hit the opponent (this is grounds for a Red Card),
  • deliberately handling the ball (a “hand ball” should not be called if a player is instinctively trying to protect himself from injury or if the ball hits the hand while it is in a natural position near the players side and has not been moved toward the ball. See “Hand Ball” for more details; this does not apply to the goalkeeper inside his own penalty area.),