Soccer Player IQ

9 Things to Know About Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships drive college searches more than they should. Some parents seem to think the money they’ve “invested” in training, teams and travel should come back to them by way of college scholarships.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality. Athletic scholarships should not drive the college selection process and it’s important to understand the advantages—and disadvantages—of receiving them.

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct: what’s too far?

Unsportsmanlike conduct is globally accepted as inappropriate. It doesn’t matter what sport you play or what the rules are that constitute the sport – you know it when you see it. When a player punches another player, it’s unsportsmanlike and dangerous. When a player celebrates a goal by taking their shirt off, although debatable, players everywhere know it’s unsportsmanlike, showboating and for it you will be penalized (given a yellow card in soccer). The different degrees of unsportsmanlike can be argued about over and over; however one fact remains: it’s wrong.

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Become a student of the game

The best athletes don’t get to where they are today without a lot of hard work. The big secret is that they do a lot of work behind the scenes. By becoming a student of the game you will take your game to new heights. There is so much you can do to enhance your soccer IQ and become the best player possible. The best way to do this is by becoming a student of the game.

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Tips so you aren’t so predictable on the field

Some teams and players become predictable in how they play, move the ball and options they chose on the field.  Whether you have a scouting report or not try to learn as much about how your opposition plays when the game starts.  I always like to take the first few minutes of the game and watch exactly what the opposition is doing.  Analyze and study then. 

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No Matter What – Stay on your feet

More than ever, you can watch soccer games on tv and see the excessive diving and acting involved in the game.  With slow motion replays and hundreds of camera angles, every instant is caught and replayed over and over.  For the people live at a game, it might not be as apparent as events unravel very quickly and do not allow for much observation to occur.  However, the tv allows people to dissect a situation ten times over.  With the internet, plays can be cut out and made into a video for the whole world to see and process (i.e. YouTube).

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The importance of having different coaches

Many soccer players today offer the same quality of skill and their fitness level is top.  So what separates players these days?  You’re doing all the right work on and off the field so how do you separate yourself from the competition? The answer is that the smarter player is the one that will stand out.  How do you become a smarter player?  By exposing yourself to different coaches who will help you develop your game.

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The Rules of the Game (Part 1)

Soccer Rules – An Introduction

The 1st part in a 3 part series on the 17 basic rules in the game of soccer

Soccer, the sport that has been played since medieval times.

By 1860, organized soccer clubs were starting to pop up around England, especially around London and they were becoming semi-professional, as the competition level started rising.

This caused most of the London clubs to meet in the Freemasons’ Tavern in London on 26 October 1863, forming the Football Association (FA), which is still the governing soccer organization in England. They decided that they would need certain rules for the game of soccer if they were to keep on playing competitively.

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The Rules of the Game (Part 2)

 Soccer Rules – An Introduction (Part 2)

 This is the 2nd part of a 3 part series on the 17 basic rules in the game of soccer

6. The Assistant Referees – The assistant referees are placed on the sides of the pitch (one each) and their main role is to help the main referee with some decisions. Actually, the assistant referee has no decision power, he can only signal a game issue (an offside, a foul, handball and so forth) but it’s up to the central ref if he’s or she is going to take up the assistant’s advice.

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The Rules of The Game (Part 3)

Soccer Rules – An Introduction

This is the 3rd part of a 3 part series on the 17 basic rules in the game of soccer

 11. The Offside Rule – It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position.

A player is in an offside position if:
• he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent
A player is not in an offside position if:
• he is in his own half of the field of play
• he is level with the second last opponent
• he is level with the last two opponents

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Why you should play on a balanced team

Deciding which team you should play for is a big decision for your soccer career.  The ideas mentioned in this blog are universal for all levels of play and age groups.  If you are so fortunate to have several options to teams to chose from then all the better.  On the other side you may have fewer options.  Either way there are a number of areas to consider and questions you should ask yourself prior to selecting a club.

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