Football Facts And Soccer Terms

Lothar Matthaus Most World Cup Apperences     Football facts and soccer terms are fun for coaches to throw around when

talking about this beautiful game. Because in the United States this game is

called Soccer, but everywhere else in the world it’s known as Football,

slightly confusing for most Americans. But since we didn’t invent it,

the terms of the game tend to confuse the new participant.

What’s the touch line?  Who gets the corner kick?  Is a goal kick like a penalty kick? Why is one

player offsides when the other one isn’t? Some say the game was first recorded being played in

Cuju and England in the 1800’s were playing it in the neighborhoods. Also the first known league

was set up in England in 1888, and the FIFA organization we know today was founded in 1904 in

Paris. Acouple of great fun articles about soccer terms and some football facts come from this

10 Soccer Things by Paste Magazine and this neat Brandon Gaille article about 44 Catchy

Soccer Slogans. We laughed at some of these slogans that you might see in Jr. High and High

School locker rooms, but they do make it fun, here 10 of them.

Bustin’ ours to kick yours.
Can’t should never be in an athletes vocabulary.
Don’t go through life without goals.
Eat, Sleep, Play Soccer.
Everyone should have a goal to conquer. I believe I’ll conquer yours.
For the love of the Game.
Heading to the top.
If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.
If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?
If you don’t got guts don’t play the game.
If you’re not playing with all your heart, someone else is, and when you meet her, she’ll win.

Many great sites on the web have soccer terms, here three that we found with good info and easy to search

1.  Soccer America  http://www.socceramerica.com/glossary

2. First Base Sports  http://www.firstbasesports.com/soccer_glossary.html

3. For Youth Coaches JSC  http://www.juniorsoccercoach.com/public/730.cfm

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