Soccer, also called football or ‘footy’ in other countries, is played all over the world. Unlike Football as played in the United States, soccer players aren’t loaded up with safety gear and helmets. Aside from cleats to help with running, and shin guards to protect legs from those cleats, soccer players wear regular clothes, usually shorts and shirts. Also unlike Football, soccer is more about skill and strategy than size and strength.
Children as young as four years old can join soccer leagues. At that age emphasis is more on fun than rules, and a size 3 soccer ball is used. As kids grow, they learn more rules and skills, and the sizes of the ball and the playing field expand.
The Alameda County Library has lots of things to help you improve your skills playing, coaching, and refereeing soccer:
Play Soccer Like a Pro: Key Skills and Tips by Christopher Forest
“Instructional tips on how to improve one’s soccer skills, including quotes and advice from professional coaches and athletes.”
Cool Soccer Facts by Abby Czeskleba
“Pelé scored more than 1,200 goals in his soccer career. Want to know other cool soccer facts? Check out this book. You’ll get a kick out of it.”
Simple text and full-color photos illustrate facts about the rules, equipment, and records of soccer. [JE 796.334 CZESKLEBA]
Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia by Clive Gifford
“This ultimate guide to soccer explains the rules, skills, and tactics; explores issues surrounding the game; and profiles the best players throughout the world.”
20 Soccer Superstars by Mauricio Velazquez de Leon
“Since 1930, the World Cup has brought teams from around the world to compete in the global soccer competition. This exciting series presents the great legends, games, teams and superstars of the World Cup and shows how they have changed history.” [J796.33409 VELAZQUEZ DE LEON]
This instructional DVD from the American Youth Soccer Association [AYSO] includes:
Games: U-6 (Dribbling, Red light, Big bad bear, LA Freeway, Tag, Into the well, Lion king) — U-8 (The big race, Mosquito, Bank robbery, Pac woman, BBB w/caves, State game, Knock it off) — U-10 (My buddy, Mad house, Dribbling, Pac man, The shadow, The race, The web, Takeovers) — U-12 (Dribbling/passing, Juggling, Instep drive, Heading, Pig soccer, Tackling/collection, Distribution, Punts) [DVD J796.3342 LET]