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Soccer Frequently Asked Questions

What is soccer?

July 26, 2020

Called "association football" in most countries outside the US, soccer is an outdoor ball game played on a rectangular playing field between two goals, and two teams comprised of 11 players each. The ball can be contacted by any part of the body except the hands and arms while the ball is in play. Goalies are allowed to use their hands to block the ball. Teams score points by passing the ball into the opponent's goal.




How is soccer scored?

July 26, 2020

Soccer games are divided into two 45-minute periods. A goal (one point) is scored when a team soccer player moves the ball into the opponent's net. In high-intensity soccer, it could take a long time before a goal is scored. The team with the most goals or points at the end of the soccer game is the winner.




What do I wear for soccer?

July 2, 2020

Team soccer uniforms consist of a long-sleeve jersey or t-shirt, soccer shorts or pants, and matching undergarments. Soccer apparel may also include long stockings, warmups, caps and gloves for the goalies.




What equipment do I need to play soccer?

July 2, 2020

Soccer players are required to wear team uniforms, long stockings, shin guards, and cleats. Some soccer goalies wear some kind of protective head gear and goalkeeper gloves. While FIFA does not make mouth guards or protective cups mandatory, some organizations may require them, and encourage them. Other accessories can include athletic tape and hair bands.




What does a soccer goalie's equipment consist of?

July 26, 2020

oalies wear long-sleeve soccer jerseys that are a different color than their teammates', goalkeeper gloves, goalie shorts or pants, cleats, shin guards and warmups. They may wear visor caps to shield their eyes from the sun.




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