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Soccer (Grade 3)

Soccer (Grade 3)

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport.  Here are some of the rules of the game.

Each soccer team has 11 players made up of a goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, and forwards.  Players can use any part of their bodies except their hands to move the ball.  Only the goalkeeper is allowed to use his/her hands.

Each team tries to get the ball into the other team’s goal.  It’s the goalkeeper’s job to keep the ball from going in his/her team’s goal.  The team with the most goals at the game’s end is the winner.

A pro soccer game is 90 minutes long.  Kids’ soccer games are 60 minutes with a halftime break.  In soccer the clock ticks even when the ball is out of play.  If the ball goes out of bounds on the sidelines, a throw-in is used to restart play.  A throw-in is when a player throws the ball from behind his or her head with two hands while standing with both feet on the ground behind a sideline. 

While shooting the ball into the goal is what everybody wants to do, passing and dribbling are also skills you need.  Passing is when one player uses the inside of his or her foot to kick the ball to a teammate.  Dribbling is being able to get the ball past an opponent while remaining in control of the ball.

Soccer is a fast game, and you need to be in good shape to run a lot.

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