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What are the main rules of soccer?

Updated: 9/27/2023
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  • You cannot touch the ball with your hands, unless you are a goalkeeper. Although a goalkeeper may not touch the ball with their hands if they are outside the goal box or if the ball was passed back to them by a teammate.
  • You may use your head or any body part above the shoulder to touch the ball, if you cannot use your feet.
  • You must remain on-side, that is, unless you have the ball, you must remain behind the last defender when on the other team's side of the field.
  • Slide-tackling is illegal from behind, and you must clearly aim for the ball. You can only slide tackle from the front or the side.
  • You cannot pull on someone's jersey to stop them from getting to the ball.
  • When throwing in the ball, your back foot must remain on the ground at all times.
  • Corner kicks are awarded to the offense when the defending team kicks the ball out of bounds between the goal post and the corner flag.
  • Goal kicks are awarded to the defense when the offense kicks the ball out of bounds between the goal post and the corner flag.
  • Free penalty kicks are awarded for fouls committed within the goal box.
  • For fouls committed outside the goal box, free kicks are awarded in which the defending team may line up in an attempt to block the shot from a certain number of feet away.
  • Depending on the game, if after full time there is a tie, extra time occurs and if after extra time the game is still tied, penalty kicks are awarded to each team (sometimes referred to as Sudden Death).
  • One yellow card = warning. Two yellow cards = a red card, and you are kicked out of the game and not allowed to play in the next match.

There are a lot of rules for soccer, and they vary based on different organizations and skill levels. Those are the basics. Just a heads up:

  • If the referees on the sidelines point their flag toward your end of the field (where your goalkeeper is), that means it's the other team's ball to throw in or kick.
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3 rules for soccer are:

1.u can not use ur hands unless u r a goalie or throwing the ball in

2.the goalie may not use their hands if they r out of the 18 yard box

3.if the ball passes the goal line it is counted as a goal even if the goalie catches the ball in the goal

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There are 17 rules in soccer. They can be found in the FIFA Laws of the Game. www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/federation/lotg_en_55753.pdf

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people love soccer and thats it

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The main rules are no handball, no sliding from the back showing studs, no pushing or touching players, must respect the referee, no throwing the ball in anger.

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