Are you looking to learn more about the world of football? This post will discuss all the basics you need to get into football, whether you’re looking to get involved with a local team or want to learn more about match set ups for watching the Premier League with your friends we have put together a list of need-to-know tips to get you started.
The Basic Rules
The famous offside rule can be off-putting when it comes to getting to grips with football, however, it is a relatively simple game. Don’t let being a beginner stop you, it’s a great way to spend time with friends and and get involved in a community. In this post we will discuss all you need to know before getting started.
According to The FA, a player is considered to be in an offside position if:
- any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line)
- any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent
- the hands and arms of all players, including the goalkeepers, are not considered
Similarly, a player is considered to have committed an offside offence if at the moment the ball is played or touched by a team-mate and is seen to be:
- interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a teammate
- interfering with an opponent by preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball clearly obstructing the opponent line of vision, challenging an opponent for the ball, or making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball
A player is also considered to have committed an offside offence if they become involved in active play by:
- gaining an advantage by playing the ball or interfering with an opponent when it has rebounded or been deflected off the goalpost, crossbar or opponent or has been deliberately saved by any opponent
These rules may seem complicated to begin with, but when you’re playing in a team setting these rules often become self-explanatory and you can rely on friends and teammates to guide you through the game.
The Basic Positions
There are a range of positions within a football team. Whether your getting a group of friends together to play a friendly game or going to watch your first match, here’s a rundown on all the positions:
- Defender – Centre-back, Sweeper, Full-back, Wing-back
- Midfielder – Centre Midfield, Defensive Midfield, Attacking Midfield, Wide Midfield
- Forward – Striker, Centre Forward, Winger
Here’s a rundown on all the positions:
- The goalkeeper is the most defensive position in football. To put it simply this players job is to stop the other team scoring by catching, palming or punching the ball from shots or headers. Unlike the rest of the team goalkeepers tend to remain in their penalty area. This means the goalkeepers are also in the best viewpoint to give advice to defenders when the opposition is on the attack.
- Goalkeepers also where a different coloured kit from outfielders and officials and wear specialised gloves to provide better grip on the ball and protect their hands and heads from hard shots and close headers.
Fun fact: the goalkeeper is the only required position in a football match.
- Defenders play behind the midfielders and their role is to support the team and prevent the opposition from scoring a goal. In terms of their position, defenders remain in the half of the field that they are defending, so close to their goal keeper.
- These players’ position is to pay midway between the attacking forwards and defenders. Their role is to maintain possession of the ball, taking the ball from defenders and feeding it to the strikers as well as intercepting the ball from the opposing teams forwards
- These players are positioned nearest to the opposing teams goal. Their primary objective is to is to score goals and create scoring opportunities for the other forwards. Forwards also have a defensive role as they block defenders and goal keepers whilst not in possession of the ball so their teammates can score.
A Quick History of the Game
Football is a game that is popular worldwide, especially in the UK where the first known game was played back in 1752 in Nottingham, England. Originally, the game was thought to be a combination of rugby and soccer. While it was very popular in England, football quickly spread to the rest of the world, reaching as far as Australia in the late 1800s. Football today is played across the world in a huge number of leagues, leagues and cups. There are currently 40,000 teams registered in England alone and there are over 40 different professional football leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.
Football is by far one of the most popular sports in the world, and it has been played since the early 1700s in the UK. Although it is different to some of the more popular sports in the United States it is similar to soccer and rugby with many of the same rules. If you are a beginner you will need to find a team that is local to you that plays regularly, or that you can arrange some friendly matches with. If you’re looking to spend more time with friends you can follow the matches or form your own games and leagues, and come up with your own fixtures or events. Football is a game that requires both skill and confidence, so practice with and against a friend to develop the skills you need.