Soccer Rules and Positions In A Day For Dummies [NOOK Book]


Soccer basics in a day? Easy.

Do you get a kick out of soccer, but need to brush up your knowledge on the key elements of the game? Look no further!

Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies quickly brings you up to speed on one of the most popular sports in the world. From essential information on the sport to expert coverage of the game's rules, regulations, and ...

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Soccer Rules and Positions In A Day For Dummies

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Soccer basics in a day? Easy.

Do you get a kick out of soccer, but need to brush up your knowledge on the key elements of the game? Look no further!

Soccer Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies quickly brings you up to speed on one of the most popular sports in the world. From essential information on the sport to expert coverage of the game's rules, regulations, and players, this book provides invaluable insight to new and veteran fans alike.

  • The essential information you need to understand and enjoy soccer
  • Expert coverage of the game's rules and regulations
  • Helpful breakdowns of soccer positions and their roles in offense and defense
  • Online component takes readers beyond the book with bonus content and features

Get set to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge in no time!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118376669
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/13/2012
  • Series: In A Day For Dummies , #38
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: USA Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 104,941
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Michael  Lewis
Michael Lewis
Financial journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis is best known for intriguing nonfiction narratives like Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, and Moneyball.


Twenty-four year-old Princeton graduate Michael Lewis had recently received his master's degree from the London School of Economics when Salomon Brothers hired him as a bond salesman in 1985. He moved to New York for training and witnessed firsthand the cutthroat, scruple-free culture that was Wall Street in the 1980s. Several months later, armed only with what he'd learned in training, Lewis returned to London and spent the next three years dispensing investment advice to Salomon's well-heeled clientele. He earned hundreds of thousands of dollars and survived a 1987 hostile takeover attempt at the firm. Nonetheless, he grew disillusioned with his job and left Salomon to write an account of his experiences in the industry. Published in 1989, Liar's Poker remains one of the best written and most perceptive chronicles of investment banking and the appalling excesses of an era.

Since then, Lewis has found great success as a financial journalist and bestselling author. His nonfiction ranges over a variety of topics, including U.S./Japanese business relations (Pacific Rift), the 1996 presidential campaign (Trail Fever), Silicon Valley (The New New Thing), and the Internet boom (Next: The Future Just Happened). He investigated the economics of professional sports in Moneyball (2003) and The Blind Side (2006); and, in 2008, he edited Panic, an anthology of essays about the major financial crises of 1990s and early "oughts."

Good To Know

Michael Lewis attended Isidore Newman School in his native New Orleans, LA -- a private college prep school that counts among its more distinguished alumni historian Walter Isaacson, children's book author Mo Willems, singer Harry Connick, Jr., and famous pro-football siblings Peyton and Eli Manning.
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    1. Date of Birth:
      October 15, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, LA
    1. Education:
      Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Introduction  1

What You Can Do In A Day  1

Foolish Assumptions  2

Icons Used in This Book  2

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Soccer 3

Soccer: The Basics  4

Checking out fouls and kicks  4

Keeping an eye on the game clock  5

Surveying the Field  6

That’s the Way the Ball Bounces  8

Size does matter 9

The cost and quality factor  9

Dressing the Part: Uniforms  10

The must-have clothing  10

Why shoes can make or break your game  11

How soccer uniforms are numbered  12

Why goalkeepers don’t match the team  13

The World Cup: The Greatest Show on Earth  13

Chapter 2: Taking Up Positions 15

Saving Grace: The Goalie  16

Providing Support: The Sweeper  18

Defending the Turf: Fullbacks  18

Linking the Team: Halfbacks  19

Filling the Net: Forwards  20

Chapter 3: Rules of the Game 21

Following the Rules  21

Keeping time  22

Starting the game  22

Keeping the ball in play  23

Throw-ins  23

Corner kicks  24

Goal kicks  25

Staying onside  25

Penalty Calls and Their Results  28

Outlining the major fouls  28

Detailing minor fouls and violations  29

Paying the price for fouls  30

Seeing what’s in the cards  31

Interpreting the Ref’s Hand Signals  32

Chapter 4: Performing Amazing Foot Feats: Dribbling and Shooting 35

Dribbling: Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master  35

Knowing when to dribble 36

Dribbling do’s and don’ts  36

Changing directions  38

Deciphering dribbling problems  39

Shooting Your Way to a Goal 39

Knowing when to shoot  39

Ready, aim, shoot  40

Shooting the ball with the instep  40

Chapter 5: Sharing the Ball: Passing, Receiving, and Heading 45

You Take the Ball: Passing  45

Delivering two types of passes  46

Diagnosing what went wrong  48

Gimme the Ball: Receiving  49

Cushioning at impact  49

Foot  49

Thigh  50

Chest  51

Troubleshooting receiving  52

Thinking on Your Feet: Heading  53

Using your noggin  53

Correcting heading errors  55

Chapter 6: Protecting the Goal 57

Stopping the Opposition  58

Catching the ball  58

Punching the ball 61

Parrying the ball  62

Saving penalty kicks  62

Correcting goaltending errors  64

Positioning: Being in the Right Place at the Right Time 64

Distributing the Ball  65

Chapter 7: Where to Go from Here 67

Taking Your First Steps 67

Visiting 68

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