Soccer Rules – Everything You Need To Know

Soccer is one of the most recognized and famous sports worldwide. It is a sport that practically everyone, at some point in their life, has played. In childhood, in youth, as an adult… men and women.
Soccer is a sport that is recognized for being played with a ball and having certain rules. Obviously, everything depends on whether you play with friends (to have a good time) or if you play more seriously, competitions are held, in their legal field or at a professional level.

In those cases, you have to get more serious. Because that’s where the rules of football come into play. Did you know the rules they have? They are in total, seventeen. And all of them are equally important. They are a binomial, if one fails, everything fails.

We are going to tell you a little about what kind of rules those are, how important they are and how they should be done so that the game flows smoothly.

There are vital things that you need to know when you are going to play soccer. Whether professionally or not. To start playing soccer, you have to know what movements you can do and what you can’t do. The same with the techniques and take into account the basics to carry it out. If you hear the coach tell you things like it’s a penalty, shoot, corner kick and words used in football terminology and you don’t have any prior knowledge, you won’t be able to play well and you won’t know what to do. There are things that cannot be done because they are fouls, they can give you a yellow or red card and you have to know what to do, in which part of the field you should run or protect other areas to distract the opponents… all this, you cannot know if you have not been taught it before, you have read or played it before.


  1. In football there is a basic and necessary thing, without it, the ball, there is no football match and you cannot play. It is completely necessary. Of course, you cannot play with any type of ball. Understand me, power, if you can. But all the games that are moderately serious or are taken seriously must be played with a ball that is made of leather. In fact, it is the most sensible thing to do. A rubber one or it would be punctured, or it flies or it cannot be played well.
  2. It also has to have specific measurements and a weight. Did you know? The measurements should always be the same, measure circumference, seventy centimeters. The weight, so that it slides well on the field, but does not fly away, must always be a minimum of 410 grams. And its material, of course, leather.
  3. Another of the most important things, apart from what to play with, is how many. That is, how many people can make a soccer team?
  4. A soccer team is made up of a total of eleven players. The eleven players must also be divided into players and a goalkeeper.
  5. There will have to be eleven players for each team (a total of twenty two players), two goalkeepers (one goalkeeper for each team in their goal) and, in addition, there must be a person who is in charge of refereeing. That is to say, the referee, as the word indicates, will be the one who will have to pay attention to how the footballers play and will whistle if there is a foul, kicks, bad plays, the goal is not valid, etc.
  6. Above all, this is for professional matches. In these cases there may be between four and six referees to be able to control each play well (with such large fields, several are necessary). But of course, to play matches with friends, referees are not necessary. When you have a party or play with colleagues, you don’t need to play with the equipment, or have a referee, or take breaks, nor have eleven people per team. Just because it’s ideal doesn’t mean it has to be essential.
  7. What role do the players have on the soccer field? In football, each player has his own mission. Just as the goalkeepers are, who have the mission of protecting the goal so that the rival teams do not score goals and win, the players who are on the field are also on a mission. They can be the following:
  8. Being a defense, being a forward, being a midfielder,
  9. The defender is the player whose main mission or objective is to prevent the opponents (players from the other team) from scoring goals by getting too close to the goal area.
  10. Being a striker, he is the player who will try to score the goals. It is usually the ones that stand out the most because they are the ones who score the goals. Players who are forwards, always being in the goal area or as close as possible to try to score goals, are called plays, attacks. Because precisely, he will be attacking in the opposite goal to score goals.
  11. Players who are called substitutes are also required.
  12. You can never touch the ball with your hands, if any player does so, it will be considered a foul. The only ones who can do it are the goalkeepers.
  13. When it comes to playing, you have to know how long the games are going to last. In football, time is made with a pause. It starts with forty-five minutes and then there is a break so the players can rest. The time to rest is always half an hour. After the break, the game resumes and it’s another forty-five minutes. Therefore, if the time they actually play is added, it would be ninety minutes. Be careful, many times the ninety minutes are said directly, but the thirty minutes of the break are not added. All adding up already makes a total of one hundred and twenty minutes. I mean, it’s two hours.
  14. Sometimes, there are slightly exceptional circumstances and for X reason, there needs to be a team that is the winner. Either because both teams have tied at zero (neither has scored a goal) or because they have tied on goals, there must be a winner. In those cases, it is necessary to make a tiebreaker. And this is achieved by adding an extra time that is half an hour.
  15. All soccer fields are always painted. It is not by chance… in fact, the field is always divided into two parts. One for each team. The field can be either natural grass or artificial grass. There are times, in which certain games must be with natural grass or vice versa and they must change or fix it. You cannot see a field with torn grass, in poor condition, with holes, etc. The reason is more than obvious… on the one hand, because the players could get injured, fall badly, stumble, etc. Also, on the other hand, the ball would not slide along the ground well and it would not be fair to the teams.
  16. Sometimes the same thing is called differently. For example, let’s take the goalkeeper as an example. It is the word that is heard the most. But surely, you have also heard the word goalkeeper. It is not like this? Well, you can also hear archer. All three names are well said.
  17. Players will always have to obey the referees. It is essential to do it to carry out the match correctly. You have to pay attention to the cards.
  18. These cards will be drawn by the referee each time he sees a foul. They can be yellow or red in color. If the referee draws a red card, it means that the player who has drawn it is expelled from the match. If the referee gets a yellow, it is a warning. With two yellow cards, it is directly equivalent to a red card.
  19. To play soccer you need to be in good physical condition. Keep in mind that soccer is a sport that requires running through a large space (keep in mind that the fields that are played normally without being professionals or at a foreign level, measure up to one hundred and twenty meters). You don’t have to be a lynx or a professional in this sport, but if, for example, you are overweight, it will be very difficult for you to keep up with the other teammates. Or if you are not used to playing, it will cost you much more, to have depth, not to get tired, not to choke, not to have flatus, to have incidents with the ball, etc.
  20. Both men and women playing football must wear the same type of kit. We refer to the basics: pants, shirt, shin guards, boots with studs, etc. That doesn’t change.
  21. In a normal game, a lot of fluids are lost, which is why hydration is so important. So much so that depending on the person and the physical activity they use, they can lose up to two liters of fluids for each game. That’s why we always see footballers hydrated at matches as soon as they have the chance.

What do you need

  • Eleven players for each team.
  • Two goalkeepers, one for each goal.
  • Two goals.
  • A space to play (soccer field).
  • Gloves for goalkeepers.
  • A leather ball to play.
  • Referees. More or less, depending on the type of match to be played.
  • Soccer boots.
  • Soccer rules (all seventeen).


To play football, the kit is not only necessary, but it is essential.

The basics to be able to play a game will be to do it with a shirt, shorts and if it is cold they will wear tights that will be thermal. Apart of course from the appropriate footwear, they must always wear the so-called shin guards. They are essential to wear to avoid injuries from kicks, falls against the ground, blows, etc. At first glance, these are not seen; they are always covered by the stockings.

It should be emphasized that we are referring to classic soccer, the one played on a grass field. Not to be confused with another type of football, such as futsal. The difference is that futsal, as the word indicates, is played on a different terrain and the boots to be able to play do not have studs because they are not needed in a room with that floor.

When it is said that there are seventeen rules of football, it can also be known as the laws of the game. Both things are the same. These rules are sacred to everyone. In fact, they are made in all matches worldwide from least to greatest degree and importance. They are basic rules.

All these rules, the seventeen, are important… but if you had to highlight the ones that are really essential and with which you could not start a game, they would be the following. It is essential that there are eleven players on each team (that is, there must be twenty-two players). You have to play with a ball that will be made of leather, nothing of other materials. Even for important matches, the measurements of the ball and even its weight are also taken into account. And of course, the field (terrain) to play. It can never be any other way than rectangular.

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