How to Play Soccer

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Lecture 1
How to Do Youth Soccer Stretches
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How to Do Youth Soccer Stretches


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to do Youth Soccer Stretches. Stretching in youth soccer prevents injuries from occurring.



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"GUILLERMO GOMEZ: ""Hi. My name is Guillermo Gomez. I coach soccer and today I'll be talking to you about how to do proper stretching. So first we want to emphasize how important it is to the players stretching because in the game of soccer there is a lot of turning and movement. And so to avoid any injury you want to make sure that the players are loose and ready to play the game. First we start in a circle. That creates good team spirit and so I will form the circle just the way we are right now. So boys lets open up our legs okay? Get a little loose. Open up a little bit more. Then they're going to bend forward slowly as their hands touch the grass. So bend forward down boys with your hands. Yeah. And then they will start counting as a group to 15 or 20. Okay. Boys stand up straight slowly. Okay. So that stretches the hamstring which is really important to stretch. Then I will have the boys do their quads. Again slowly boys we pick up one leg. Okay. And hold it up for 20 seconds. If we cannot keep the balance on this kind of stretching, so what I emphasize the player just stare at one item, one thing so that they will keep their balance. And if I tell the players look at me when you do the stretching they should be able to hold it for a little longer. Okay. Natiel can you do your other leg as well? Yeah. And look at me as you do it. Nico? Okay. So we bend our knees normally. We put one foot forward and hold the stretch on the back. That will stretch the calf for them. Okay. Again count to 20 or 25, 15. Then we will switch legs and do the other leg. Okay. So this is very important. Some coaches don't stress stretching for this age but however it develops a good habit as the players get older to constantly stretch all the parts of the body. So after we have worked on all the lower areas of our body we work on our upper body which can include the neck and shoulders. And then you can do those stretches that is static which is with no movement, standing in one place. Or dynamically which is actually moving slowly to get everything through the groins a good warm up. And that's how you do properly do soccer stretching."

Lecture 2
How to Do a Proper Youth Soccer Warm-Up
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How to Do a Proper Youth Soccer Warm-Up


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to do proper youth soccer warm-ups, which can include fun games like keeping a penny on a player's back.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez. I coach youth soccer. Today I'll be talking to you about how to do a proper, a warm up, for youth soccer players. I always like to start with a fun activity for them. That gets them ready for the game and for the session. So one of the activities the kids enjoy doing and I like doing with them is to play the game where we put a penny on their back. And the pennies got to be hanging out like that. So all the players have one. We do a session, an area about ten by fifteen. And the players are not allowed to get out of that area. And then they will start to chase each other, trying to get a penny away from each other. This might not look like it's a soccer related activity, but actually it is. Because there's a lot of turning and movement. A lot of running. And is most importantly really fun for the players. After the the game ends. Which after every player has lost their penny. We'll do the same session, but this time we'll incorporate a soccer ball. So this time I'm actually working on the player keeping possession of the ball and give all good coaching points to them about how to keep possession of the ball. And have the players take the ball away from each other the way they were doing it with the penny. So again this is a fun activity for them. It gives a nice warm up and gets them ready to play soccer. And that's how you do a warm up."

Lecture 3
How to Play Soccer
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How to Play Soccer


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to play soccer. When playing soccer, the team that scores the most goals wins.



Video Transcript:
"GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez. I coach youth soccer. And today I'll be talking to you about how to play the game of soccer. The game of soccer requires a ball, a soccer ball. Some cleats. Especially if you play on a grass surface. So that way that you have some traction while you are playing the game. Basically you can go out to the park with your friends, set up two goals, and the object of the game is to score goals. The more goals you score, you'll win the game. You have an offense. So your offense is when you have possession of the ball. And a defense. That is when you are trying to stop the other team from scoring any goals. The game of soccer is played with your legs, with your feet. You can actually use your head as well, your shoulders. But not your hands. You can try balls with your chest. You know, so practically you can use all parts of your body except your hands. Let me emphasize that in the game of soccer if you stop the ball with this part of your arm, it will be considered a hand ball. So you also want to avoid any part, from here down, while you are playing the game of soccer. So the most. The amount of players on the field that you need are it's eleven on eleven. But if you just want to do it for fun with your friends, you can play three on three. Four on four. It's just, you know, it'd just be very expend time. Usually it's a lot of fun. Again just emphasize not to use your hands and try to score as many goals as possible. If you play organized soccer, you will find that your coach will require a specific formation. And it's up to him to decide. Normally, most common formation in soccer, is you have four defenders. Okay, which you have your full backs. And then you have your central defenders. Then you have your next four players, which are your mid fielders. You have your wings, right? Which is your left and that wing. And then your forwards. And then, also very important is your goal keeper. Which is the person that stops the ball from going in to the net. There's a lot of rules. There's corner kicks. There's throw-ins, when the ball goes out of bounds. There are goal kicks. But again, if you just want to go out with your friends, don't worry about all the rules. Just get your ball and have some fun. And that's how you play soccer."

Lecture 4
How to Kick a Soccer Ball
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How to Kick a Soccer Ball


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to kick a soccer ball. Shooting or passing a soccer ball is done by kicking it with feet.



Video Transcript:
"GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, I coach soccer. Today, I'll be talking to you about how to shoot a soccer ball. So, first of all you want to concentrate on your body mechanics that is very important. You want to point your toes down and lock your ankle, that's very important. Then you have your supporting leg which comes right next to the ball. As you approach the ball you want to actually fix your eye on the spot, normally on a spot, on the ball. Normally that's through the middle of the ball, so it would be the the equator line. OK, and then as you come forward your kicking leg, your knee comes over the ball that will give it some power, and you move your upper body forward. OK, finally, OK, so you have your supporting foot, you're looking at the ball when you're kicking it, knee over the ball, kick the ball on with this motion. And that's how you kick a soccer ball."

Lecture 5
How to Dribble a Soccer Ball
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How to Dribble a Soccer Ball


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to do dribble in soccer. This is done to maintain possession of the ball.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi my name is Guillermo Gomez and I coach youth soccer. Today I'll be talking to you about how to dribble a soccer ball. Well first let me emphasize that in soccer you are in the game to dribble for different reasons. You can dribble to maintain position of the ball. You can dribble for speed or you can dribble to beat a defender. Here for our purposes today we are going to start with just the basic dribble and we want to concern our body mechanics. You actually want to get your arms right side to you, bend your knees a little bit, get relaxed, just the way you would normally run without a soccer ball. You have your soccer ball. You actually want to strike the ball with the front of your foot and push it in front of you, right, while you are jogging and you can incorporate the other foot as well so you can pass the ball side to side or you can also use the inside of your foot, that's a different kind of dribble. Now note that my body as I'm dribbling the ball at a slow pace it will be sort of straight. If I want to accelerate and dribble faster I will actually push the ball farther away from me and this will give me more room to run and I will actually bend my body forward to get that extra power. As we dribble again we want to use the running motion, it will cause wind resistance and give you balance. You want to concentrate as you are running straight with the ball and perhaps stopping the ball with all parts of your foot, you can do it with the sole of your foot, you can do it with the side of your foot. You want to turn in every direction. You want to do circles. That will make you more comfortable with the ball and then just go out there and have fun and do what is comfortable for you. That's how you would dribble a soccer ball."

Lecture 6
How to Chip a Soccer Ball
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How to Chip a Soccer Ball

In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to chip a soccer ball. Chipping a soccer ball is passing the ball over a defender's head without hitting it.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, I coach soccer. Today, I'll be talking to you about how to chip a soccer ball. First of all why do we chip a soccer ball? We want to chip a soccer ball because sometimes you have a perfect pass, but the defendant is right in the middle of your way, so, you just cannot do the straight pass to him. So, you would actually want to put the ball over their heads, which that's what's called chipping the ball so, the ball takes an ark motion, goes pass the defender, so that your team mate can receive the ball. The body mechanics for chipping a ball is basically, you're approachable to the side, your none kicking foot comes right to the side of the ball, you put your kicking foot underneath the ball with pointing your three toes, inside toes, underneath the ball while you do a quick motion of kicking the ball to lift it. Now, it's important that you don't bring your body forward cause that will keep the ball low, you actually want to lean you body backwards a little bit. OK, as you kick the ball you don't, you want time and precision of the pass and you, also, want to see how much power you need to put on that ball to make sure that your team mate receives an accurate pass. So, here again you watch your supporting foot, you come behind the ball, you do a quick swing to the ball, and that should create a back spin. A back spin is good, for chip pass, because that will make your team mate be able to receive the ball more easily. So, that's how you do chipping the ball."
Lecture 7
How to Head a Soccer Ball
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How to Head a Soccer Ball


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to head a soccer ball. This is done by standing or jumping.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi my name is Guillermo Gomez. I coach youth soccer and today I'll be talking to you about how to head the soccer ball. We head the soccer ball for different reasons throughout the game. You can head the ball defensively or offensively. To start with just a simple header, we want to concentrate on the ball. We want to hit it right towards the middle with the front part of our face, the forehead so right above the eye line and before the hair line. It is important to remember not to hit the ball with your head because that could be dangerous. As the ball comes to you, you want to keep your eyes open. That is the most important thing. Keep your eyes open. Then you want to put one foot in front and one foot back to keep your balance, keep your arms out, be careful with that so that as the ball comes down or a player comes around you don't commit a foul. You want to look at the ball and do back motion moving forward starting from the trunk of your body so not just with your neck. It starts with your trunk of your body coming forward in this motion. Again keep a good eye on the ball as the ball comes down, get on the line of the ball, the line where it is traveling so you are right on the ball and head it in a good direction. It is important as you hit the ball to watch how you are landing. You can actually hit the ball standing or jumping so again be careful how you land to avoid any injury. To hit the ball offensively you actually want to hit the ball with the upper part of the ball and actually hit it going down and again you use the same motion, come back, arms out and hit the ball down. Why down? Because that makes it more complicated for goalies to stop a ball going down then a ball going in a straight line. So you want to again use your forehead, open your eyes, look at the ball and hit it down. Defensively you actually want to hit the ball out of the way, far away. You want to do that so that the other team doesn't get possession of the ball and then cause a counterattack that could be dangerous for you. So for that you actually want to get the ball high on the air, jump, use the trunk of your body, keep an eye on the ball, hit it and instead of the high section which is how we distinguish offensively versus defensively you are actually hitting the lower part of the ball to make it go up away from the goal and with a lot of power. That is how you hit a soccer ball."

Lecture 8
How to Juggle a Soccer Ball
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How to Juggle a Soccer Ball


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to juggle a soccer ball. This helps improve timing and foot coordination in soccer.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, I coach soccer. And today I'm going to be talking to you about how to juggle a soccer ball. Juggling the ball, you probably want to start on a flat surface. That way you can do a lot of control on the ball as the--a lot of bounces on the ball. It'll make it a lot easier for you to learn as you do it. And when we juggle the ball we actually want to be relaxed, your arms out, bend your knees, and watch the ball as it comes down. Juggling is about timing. Timing the ball as it goes down, and your foot making contact with the ball as your foot comes up. So you want to concentrate on those two together. When the ball comes down you want to point your toes up a little bit, and you want to hit the ball with your shoelaces. Again, juggling the ball can also be done with your thighs. It can also be done with your head. But you want to concentrate to juggle the ball with your lower body, which is your feet and your thighs. So again, timing of the ball is important. Get relaxed. One way that I like to start showing players how to juggle the ball is by letting the ball bounce on the ground once, and then kick it with your foot up and catch it with your hands. And then you would do the same with the other leg. One bounce on the ground, kick the ball up with your leg, and catch it with your hands. Then we start progressing with juggling. Now we do one bounce, leg, leg, hands. If the player's feeling comfortable with that, now we can do one bounce, then we can do three controls, one with--two with your feet, so left and right control, and one with your thigh. And so as the player gets more comfortable with that, we increase the number of juggles that the player can do, and here the emphasis is not on the quantity, but on the quality and control of the ball. Juggling is about controlling the ball. So, watch the player carefully. If he can control the ball while the ball is spinning in a funny way, again the idea is for the player to have good control of that soccer while he plays the game of soccer. And juggling helps that player develop those skills of ball control. So that's how you juggle a soccer ball."

Lecture 9
How to Trap a Soccer Ball With the Chest
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How to Trap a Soccer Ball With the Chest


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to trap a soccer ball with a foot.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, I coach youth soccer. A lot of people ask me how do you trap the ball? Well, let me emphasize first the difference between trapping the ball with your foot, and receiving the ball with your foot. Trapping the ball is actually stopping a ball that's coming at you very fast, and you actually want to stop the ball right at you so that you can have possession of the ball, and not give it to the opponent. Receiving the ball is when the ball comes at you at a medium speed, okay, and you actually redirect that ball into a different spot--in a different direction away from the defender. That's actually what you want to be doing during the game of soccer, unless the ball is coming at you very fast. So today we're talking about how to trap the ball. I just wanted to emphasize the different between trapping and receiving. So let's assume a ball is coming fast at us. The first you want to do is relax the part of the body that you're receiving the ball. So if I'm receiving the ball with my feet, I want to open my hips wide, I want to put my body in the line where the ball is traveling, I open up my hips to receive that ball, I point my toes up, bend my knee, receive the ball my lifting my feet a little bit, look at the ball so I can stop it right about the middle--that's where I want to cushion it. And as the ball is coming at me, I want to receive that ball and cushion the ball, and bring my leg backwards a little bit. By doing that I'll make sure that the ball stays right on my feet, so that it doesn't bounce away from me, and the defender gets possession of that ball. So again, I want to relax my body, okay, I look at the ball, get in line on the ball, point my toes up, bend my knee, open my hips, cushion the ball a little bit backwards so that I can have possession of the ball right at my feet. And that's how you trap a soccer ball when you're playing soccer."

Lecture 10
How to Trap a Soccer Ball With a Foot
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How to Trap a Soccer Ball With a Foot


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to trap a soccer ball with a foot. This happens when the ball is coming very fast and is not redirected but stopped in order to keep possession.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, I coach youth soccer. A lot of people ask me how do you trap the ball? Well, let me emphasize first the difference between trapping the ball with your foot, and receiving the ball with your foot. Trapping the ball is actually stopping a ball that's coming at you very fast, and you actually want to stop the ball right at you so that you can have possession of the ball, and not give it to the opponent. Receiving the ball is when the ball comes at you at a medium speed, okay, and you actually redirect that ball into a different spot--in a different direction away from the defender. That's actually what you want to be doing during the game of soccer, unless the ball is coming at you very fast. So today we're talking about how to trap the ball. I just wanted to emphasize the different between trapping and receiving. So let's assume a ball is coming fast at us. The first you want to do is relax the part of the body that you're receiving the ball. So if I'm receiving the ball with my feet, I want to open my hips wide, I want to put my body in the line where the ball is traveling, I open up my hips to receive that ball, I point my toes up, bend my knee, receive the ball my lifting my feet a little bit, look at the ball so I can stop it right about the middle--that's where I want to cushion it. And as the ball is coming at me, I want to receive that ball and cushion the ball, and bring my leg backwards a little bit. By doing that I'll make sure that the ball stays right on my feet, so that it doesn't bounce away from me, and the defender gets possession of that ball. So again, I want to relax my body, okay, I look at the ball, get in line on the ball, point my toes up, bend my knee, open my hips, cushion the ball a little bit backwards so that I can have possession of the ball right at my feet. And that's how you trap a soccer ball when you're playing soccer."

Lecture 11
How to Set Up a Corner Kick
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How to Set Up a Corner Kick


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to set up a corner kick. This is awarded when the other team kicks the ball out of their own goal line.



Video Transcript:
"GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, and I coach youth soccer. And today I'll be talking to you about how to set up a corner kick. So first of all, a soccer corner kick is awarded when a team kicks the ball out from their own goal line. So, what the referee will do at that point--he will point at the corner with his hands down, indicating that there's a corner kick. The offensive team, which is the team that is actually going to kick the corner, will send one player to the corner, right, and normally the way I like to do corner kicks is that if the ball went out on the right side of the field, which would be--if we're looking at the board right here, so let's assume this is our right, the ball will go right here. I normally like to use a left kicker, because a left kicker can actually curve the ball going in this direction, right, and so it'll make it easier for the teammates to receive the ball and try to score while they hit the ball into the net. If the ball--if the corner kick is awarded on this side of the field, which is the left side of the field, I normally have my right kicker person try to take that corner kick, because again, we want the ball to travel in this motion. We don't want the ball to go outside because then the ball is out of bounds, and you lose the opportunity of scoring a goal. So, corner kicks are a lot of fund because they give you a high chance of scoring goals. A lot of goals are scored through corner kicks. And so, what I do with my players is I like to first of all put one of my tallest players--stand in front of the goalkeeper. That way it will curb the visibility of that goalkeeper, and so that it increases our chances of scoring a goal. I normally work a strategy with the team, so the kicker--for example, I can tell the kicker to raise one hand, and if he raises one hand that means that the ball is actually going out to the first post. So if this is the goal, this is your first post. Assuming that the ball is coming from this side--my marker is not working. So the ball is coming from here, this will be my first post, okay, and then this is my second post. So the communication goes by the person kicking the corner kick. So, I can say for example one hand up. The ball goes to the first post. Two hands up means that the kicker is going to put the ball on the second post. That way we can move the defenders away from that post so that we have an easier chance of scoring a goal. So, for example, if the ball is going to the first post, I'm actually going to have all my players stand on the second post, which is back here. That way we move all the defenders to the back, and as the ball comes in, we move forward to try to score on the first post. Again, that depends on coaching--coach, how they would want the strategy to work for scoring a goal on a corner kick, but essentially that's how you do a corner kick setup."

Lecture 12
How to Buy a Soccer Ball
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How to Buy a Soccer Ball


In this video lesson, Soccer Instructor, Guillermo Gomez, teaches how to buy a soccer ball. They are available to buy in three sizes and depends on age category.



Video Transcript: "GUILLERMO GOMEZ: "Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, I coach youth soccer. You know one of the questions that parents always ask me is how do you buy a soccer ball? Well, my answer to them is alway to go by what the league requirements are. So that depends what age category the player's going to be at. Normally, balls come in three sizes. You have five, four, and three. Size three, and it's always shown on the ball, so in case you want to find out how the ball is--the size of the ball is shown on the ball. It's actually, we can see right here, it's number three. It's normally for players eight years or younger. So the younger the player, the smaller the ball is. Then we'll move to the next category, which is a size four. And that normally is for players about eight to twelve. Might be eight through eleven. And then we move to the size five, which is for twelve years and older, including adults--including for adult playing as well. So, once you determine the size, then you've got to decide, how serious are you about the game? Because soccer balls can be a little expensive. If you're in youth soccer, my recommendation is to actually just get a practice or training ball. And again, I can describe that a little bit in three categories. You have professional match balls, which are the balls that they use in international tournaments such as the World Cup. These balls are very expensive. They meet all the FIFA requirements. And they have the sponsor logo of that international organization on the ball. Then you have the other group of balls, which is the match balls. That's what they use in college or high school. These are very good balls again. Not as expensive as the international soccer balls for the international matches. But they're still to be a little bit expensive. And then we move into the lower end category, which is the recreational or training balls, which is what we have here today. All these three balls are in three different sizes, and they're all for training. One thing to note is that the quality of the ball doesn't necessarily improve by the price. So, sometimes you might be paying just for a logo, or because you're buying a ball that has the logo of a soccer team. So that could be, you know, if you're buying a ball that has the logo of a very well known club, then the price might be a little higher. So normally for youth soccer I recommend to buy balls that are about, in the price range of about twenty dollars. You can buy a good training ball that ranges in the price of fifteen to thirty dollars. I wouldn't spend more than twenty-five actually. You know, as a coach I go through so many balls, you know sometimes they get left in a park or sometimes people kick them and we forget to pick them up, and then the next day we go to the park and they're no longer there. So, you know, it's just you're going to through a lot of balls. My suggestion is just to buy your regular training soccer ball. That's good enough for young players. And just, you know, watch what your coaches are requiring for your player to have. So, I hope this helps you. So good luck buying a soccer ball next time."