Whether you want to join in on the fun in the school yard, or start your journey to become a professional soccer player, you must first start with the basics. Learning how to play soccer will allow you to start off on the right foot, so you don't need to waste any time falling back on basics.

This article is a complete guide to learning how to play soccer. Once you finish it, you will officially be a soccer player, ready to take your place on the pitch, and you won't be half bad either.

Things You Will Need

Soccer Ball, Soccer cleats, Shin-guards Motivation to learn

Step 1

Purchase Soccer Equipment

Without equipment, you run the risk of injuring yourself, and you won't be able to play on a team. Both of those are things you want to avoid, so get some basic equipment!

You can purchase equipment online, at sporting stores, and at soccer stores. I personally recommend going into a soccer store such as Kicks and Sticks when you are a beginner because they will help you get the right equipment. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and remember that comfort is everything; don't go for flashy cleats if they are not comfortable.

There are 3 different items that you need to play. If you join a team, you will need soccer socks and a uniform also, but they will provide it. The 3 pieces of equipment are:

  • Ball
  • Cleats
  • Shin-guards

A soccer ball is used to play, cleats are used instead of shoes, and shin-guards protect your shins from getting kicked. You really don't need much more equipment than this.

Step 2

Learn the Rules

I'm sure you know that you can't touch the ball with your hands, but there are many more rules than that! Learning the basic rules is important so you can play without confusion or embarrasment.

I'm definitely not going to tell you to go out there and read the massive official rulebook. It is large, boring, and really of no use. Heck, most referrees refuse to read it.

All you need is a basic understanding of the rules of soccer. There are many different articles available on the Internet that can teach you just the basics, or you can ask a fellow soccer player to outline the rules. Once you know the basics, you will pick up more advanced rules when they come up in play.

Or course, if you are not playing on the team, you probably won't play by the rules anyways, but I still stress learning them just in case you decide to play on a team in the future.

Step 3

Learn the Skills

The most important part of learning how to play soccer, is developing the skills necessary to play. You can do this from trial-and-error, but I highly recommend learning them from DVDs, the Internet, and coaches.

Below is a list of some of the most important skills you need to learn. You need to learn more than these, but these are the most important:

  • Shooting
  • Dribbling
  • Ball Control
  • Passing
  • Defending
  • Shielding
  • Crossing
  • Heading
    Now practice, practice these skills and more. I would say that you should focus on ball control first, then dribbling, then passing, then shooting, then other skills. Always focus on mastering the core skills: ball control, passing, dribbling, and shooting.

    I would like to congratulate you on beginning your journey with soccer. It is a great and fun sport, and I hope that you make the best of it.

    After reading this guide, you should be ready to start playing. Maybe I will see you someday in the pros or in adult leagues. Maybe I will play against you right now. I wish you the best, and hope that you have learned how to play soccer!

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