Summer is not the top season for American sports. Basketball wrapped up in the spring and football doesn’t start until fall, leaving many sports fans searching for a way to pass the time at their local sports bar. For many people, this means watching the fascinating yet underappreciated sport of soccer. While it may not immediately captivate you, with a bit of familiarity and understanding of the rules, the game becomes much more entertaining. Here’s what you need to know to fully enjoy this sport.
3 Tips for Appreciating Soccer
1. Keep Your Eye on the Players, Not the Ball
Though it seems counterintuitive, try to watch the players rather than the path of the ball throughout the game. Soccer requires extensive cooperation and teamwork from everyone on the field. One person 20 yards away from the ball may make a single move that allows the ball to make it to the goal. The more you watch, the more easily you’ll be able to spot these small changes on the field and start to appreciate the subtlety of the game. If you watch the ball the entire time, you’ll miss out on a lot of the plays that make soccer so interesting.
2. Try to Pick a Team
You have a favorite football, basketball, or baseball team, so why not have a favorite soccer team? With an unfamiliar game, you’re free to root for whoever you want, regardless of their country of origin. Pick a mascot you like, judge by their team colors, or root for America. No matter what, the sport will be more enjoyable and you’ll have more fun at your local sports bar if you have a favorite team to cheer on.
3. Understand the Basic Rules
On the surface, the rules of soccer are incredibly simple. The two teams try to score by kicking the ball into the opponent’s net at the far end of the field. Unlike other sports, however, players are not allowed to use their hands. They can, however, use their head, knees, shoulder, torso, and feet to drive the ball where it needs to go. The only person allowed to touch the ball while it’s on the field is the goal keeper who can block the net with their hands. This simple understanding is enough to get you through your first match at your favorite sports bar and at least give others the impression that you know what’s going on.
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