Soccer Gameplay OverviewIn order to play a game of soccer you need two teams of eleven players per team. Each team consists of ten field players and a goalie. Before the game starts, a few players from each team (usually the team captains) go to the center of the field. The referee asks the home team to call heads or tails and tosses the coin. Whichever team wins the toss gets to pick either to kick off (usually referee to as the tap) first or to pick the side that they would like to defend. After the toss, the players can line up on the soccer field in a variety of soccer formations depending on what the coach thinks will work best for his or her team.
Next the game begins and the team that has the tap kicks the ball off. Two of the players with the tap go into the middle circle with the game ball. No players from the opposing team are allowed in this circle. Once the first player kicks the ball off, both teams are allowed to cross the midfield line and enter into the center circle. The player who touches the ball first much touch the ball off to another player and can not have the first two touches of the game. After the opening kick off, the teams usually play for ninety minutes, but this time may vary based on the players age, league, and location. Halfway through the ninety minute game, the referee blows his whistle for halftime. The second half starts the same way the first one did, except the other team kicks the ball off. At the end of the game, the team which has the most goals wins.
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