Loading... Please wait...

Our Newsletter


FAQs

What is sock tape or soccer tape? If you have been to a youth soccer game in the past year or two you may have noticed tape wrapped around the socks and possibly around the shin guards. Sock tape, also called soccer tape, was designed to keep soccer socks up therefore keeping shin guards in place. Due to the flexibility and the expandability of Premier Sock Tape Pro ES, many players use sock tape to secure shin guards in addition to their socks.You may see athletes wrapping sock tape around the bottom of their shin guard, around the middle of their shin guard and around the top. This is to fully secure their shin guard so the shinguard does not pop out during play or slide around the leg or slip down to the ankle.

Is sock tape the same thing as electrical tape? No, they are not the same thing.Although both start with Polyvinyl Chloride tape, the process to create these tapes is totally different. Electrical tape must be certified for wiring and electrical work.This requires a thicker tape, with low flexibility, and a highly aggressive adhesive so that it sticks to wires and stays in place.

Sock tape or soccer tape is a thinner and lighter tape and has to be specially treated to keep it flexible and give it the ability to expand as it warms. We also use a low aggression adhesive to prevent any damage or staining to soccer socks.

Why is sock tape better than electrical tape? Mostly because sock tape is designed for sport use and electrical tape is designed for electrical wiring. Although electric tape may seem to serve the same purpose as sock tape there are definite differences. The biggest problem with electrical tape around your legs is that as your muscles warm and expand during play; electrical tape does not expand. Because electrical tape does not expand, your muscles are compressed and your blood flow restricted. This tourniquet effect eventually is going to affect your play because reduced blood flow creates tired, weak feet. By the end of a 90 minute game, your feet will definitely not be at their best.

Sock tape has been specially designed for soccer players who tape. As your muscles warm, the tape warms. As sock tape warms, it expands and stays flexible. Many players report that sock tape feels light, feels “as if I am not wearing tape at all” and does not damage their socks.

Again, electrical tape is made for electrical purposes and uses a very sticky, aggressive adhesive.Many athletes have found that electric tape damages their socks and clothing because it leaves a gummy, messy, sticky stain on their socks. Even washing their socks does not remove the tape stain on their socks.

Premier Sock Tape uses a low aggression adhesive which is made to stick to itself but not leave a sticky mark on your socks. With the cost of soccer socks, players need a tape that will keep their socks clean.

What other tapes can be used to tape shin guards? There are very few tapes specifically designed for holding shin guards in place. It is best to use a shin guard tape and sock tape designed specifically to hold shin guards in place. Premier Sock Tape offers two appropriate products: Premier Sock Tape Pro ES and PST Shin Guard Retainer Tape also called SGR Tape.

Tapes that should NOT be used to secure socks and shin guards are:

Athletic tape is designed to stabilize ankles, support weak muscles, and cover cuts and blisters to prevent further injury. These tapes actually immobilize muscles and should not be used unless directed by an athletic trainer who can apply it properly.

Zinc Oxide tape is used by trainers to limit or restrict the movement of muscles. It also is used to stop rubbing of a blister or cut. Because zinc oxide tape is used to surround and enclose muscles, it does not expand during exercise and can restrict blood flow and should never be used to secure shin guards and hold up socks.

Duct Tape or Duck Tape is great for multiple purposes but definitely not to wrap around and secure a shin guard. Duct tape can severely restrict blood flow to the lower leg, ankle and foot and is not for use on the body.

Electrical tape is designed for securing electrical wires. It is not expandable and will not give as your muscles warm during a long game. Electrical tape causes a tourniquet effect which compresses your muscles and restricts blood flow. Electrical tape should not be used to secure shin guards.

Many of these other tapes will leave either a gummy residue or a stain on your socks.Premier Sock Tape never leaves adhesive or a stain behind on your socks.

Premier Sock Tape also offers 108 feet in one roll making it last longer than other tape choices on the market.

What other choices do I have to keeping my shin guard from sliding? Premier Sock Tape offers three tape or wrap products to secure shin guards.We have a ¾” sock tape called Premier Sock Tape Pro ES. This tape comes in 13 colors to match team uniforms. We also have a 1½” tape called PST Shin Guard Retainer Tape or SGR Tape which comes in 11 colors.  Both of these tapes have been specifically designed for soccer players to hold shin guards and socks in place.  We also have Pro Shin Guard Wrap which is 3" wide, is soft and flexible, sticks only to itself and is available in 16 colors.

Premier Sock Tape Goalkeeper Wrap can be used to wrap around the shin guard and secure the shin guard in place while allowing blood flow to remain strong. It is 2" wide and available in 8 colors.

Sock sleeves which allow a shin guard to be slid into a sock like product also work well.

Do I have to tape my shin guards or socks? No, taping is not required. It is optional and used primarily by players who have had problems keeping socks up, problems with sliding or slipping shin guards or problems with shin guards popping out during aggressive play.

Shin guards with ankle sleeves allow the shin guard to stabilize and move around less due to the extra support provided by the ankle sleeve.

New socks are tighter than used socks so new socks will hold and secure the shin guards in place.However, as the socks stretch out with use, the athlete may have to either buy new socks or possibly tape to continue to hold the shin guards in place and keep socks up.

What is Premier Sock Tape? Premier Sock Tape is a company dedicated to soccer accessories that enhance the game and gives players full confidence in their equipment.Premier Sock Tape has 12 products but our line leader is our Premier Sock Tape Pro ES and our Pro Shin Guard Wrap. Premier Sock Tape is ¾” wide and designed to expand as the muscles warm giving the player proper blood flow throughout the game.Premier Sock Tape Pro ES and our Shin Guard Retainer Tape (SGR Tape) are the best tape products on the market for securing shin guards. Our Pro Shin Guard Wrap is the preferred product among our professinoal players. It is soft and flexible, is 3" wide and will keep shin guards secure even during aggressive professional play.  We also offer Goalkeeper Wrap to provide extra support under the glove and we offer the original and the best soccer neck warmer, the FB1 Neckwarmer. Additionally, we offer compression gear, mens briefs, sock taping kits and crew socks.

What does Pro ES stand for in your sock tape name? The Pro ES in our Premier Sock Tape Pro ES stands for Professional Extra Stretch.

More Questions....

What is the difference between sock tape and shin guard tape? Premier Sock Tape offers both a sock tape: Premier Sock Tape Pro ES, and a shin guard tape: PST Shin Guard Retainer Tape, also called SGR Tape.

Our sock tape is thinner at ¾” and designed to be used above the shin guard to secure the sock so the socks do not slide down the leg during play. The sock tape can be used just below the knee or above the knee. However, due to the flexibility and expandability of this tape, it can also be used below the shin guard and also around the shin guard.

Our shin guard tape is a thicker tape at 1½” wide. SGR tape is made with the same process as our Premier Sock Tape Pro ES but is thicker to support the shin guard at the bottom.Commonly, SGR Tape is wrapped around the sock just under the bottom of the shin guard. This gives extra support in keeping the shin guard on the shin where it belongs and not down around the ankle which can happen when the shin guard slips. But due to the flexibility and expandability of SGR tape, it too can be used around the shin guard or at the top of the shin guard.

Additionally, neither of these products will damage your socks; leave behind residue or gummy mess; nor will they leave a stain on the socks.

Why is Goalkeeper Wrap needed? There are many reasons a goalkeeper might want to use a wrap.

The most popular reason is to support previously injured wrists and fingers.Premier Sock Tape Goalkeeper Wrap gives extra support under the gloves without restricting movement and performance. Goalkeeper Wrap is soft and flexible so it moves with the player but provides just a bit more protection.

Goalies also find that the extra support actually can prevent strain and injury.

Goalies who have cuts and scrapes also find that Goalkeeper Wrap protects these wounds from sweat, salt and rubbing against the glove.

What other uses are there for Goalkeeper Wrap? Because Premier Sock Tape Goalkeeper Wrap is soft, flexible, sticks only to itself, and can be re-positioned; players are finding a multitude of ways to use it.

To date, we have heard of some of the following uses: to keep shin guards in place under the socks or over the socks, to cover blisters on the foot, to cover medical jewelry, as a compression wrap, to hold ice packs in place, as superstition wrap around the wrist, as a headband to keep hair back, as a sweatband to keep sweat from dripping into the eyes, and around shoes and laces.

How else might Goalkeeper Wrap be used? Goalkeeper Wrap is also used in other sports like rugby and lacrosse.

Rugby players have been know to use both our Goalkeeper Wrap AND our Sock Tape together to protect their ears in scrums, to wrap their legs for line outs, and as additional support around wrists and fingers.

Women lacrosse players have use it to protect their fingers from cuts and nicks during aggressive play.

This wrap is so versatile, we are sure you will find many more uses.

What type of shin guards need taping? There are two basic types of shin guards.

Shin guards with ankle supports are usually used by younger players new to the game. The ankle support provides extra protection to new players. This ankle support also provides support to the shin guard to keep it from slipping around or sliding down.This type of shin guard normally does not need shin guard tape. However, if your socks are loose, sock tape will help keep socks up even with this type of shin guard.

Slide in or slip in shin guards are shin guards without ankle support. These are mostly used by experience players who are serious about their game. These shin guards are easy to put on and take off because they simply slide under the sock.This is the type of shin guard that sometimes needs the assistance of tape. The player can use either or both sock tape and shin guard tape.

How do I tape my shin guard? Although there are many different ways to tape shin guards it often comes down to personal preference. Here are a few methods to taping that will help secure the shin guard in place.

First make sure your shin guard properly covers your shin.Once in place, make sure your sock feels comfortable. Once the shin guard and sock are in place, taping can begin.

The most common use is to place Shin Guard Retainer Tape at the bottom of the shin guard just above the ankle. Make sure the tape starts straight and then make one full wrap around the sock. One wrap will secure the shin guard but many players prefer to make two wraps around.Make sure the tape sticks back to itself to hold securely. To break the tape, you can pull it until it breaks or you can cut it.

Sock tape when used to secure the sock is normally used at the top of the shin guard. The tape can be used above the knee for above the knee socks but most often is used just under the knee. Once the sock is pulled fully up, tape can be wrapped once or twice around above the top of the shin guard. Make sure the tape sticks back to itself to hold securely. To break the tape, just pull until it breaks.The sock can be folded down over the tape, if desired.

Make sure to match your tape and wrap to your socks since the uniform rules for most schools and clubs now require you to meet FIFA rules of have all tapes and wraps on the socks match the sock color. Luckliy, Premier Sock Tape offers a wide variety of colors to help you meet the requirements.

What are the different types of shin guards? There are basically two types. 1) Shin guards with ankle supports or 2) Slide in shin guards.

Shin guards with ankle supports are usually used by younger players new to the game. The ankle support provides extra protection to new players. However, the shin guards are usually larger and bulkier which limits movement and performance. As the players skills improve, they probably will need to move to a lighter, smaller slide in shin guard.

Slide in or slip in shin guards are shin guards without ankle support. These are mostly used by experience players who are serious about their game. These shin guards are easy to put on and take off because they simply slide under the sock and generally stay in place with either the sock, a sock sleeve, a shin guard stay or with taping.

How to wear shin guards? This varies depending on the sport. For soccer there are two types of shin guards. Shin guards with ankle supports and slide in shin guards. Make sure to choose the correct size by reading the package of each type and brand to make sure the size selected will properly protect the player.

Shin guards with ankle supports allow the player to slip their foot into the ankle sleeve. Make sure the strap is straight and smooth across the bottom of the foot. The ankle protectors should rest securely over the inner and outer ankle bones. Once the ankle support is in place, the shin pad will rest properly over the shin. There should be one to two Velcro straps that can them be wrapped around the upper and lower calf to secure the shin pad. The sock can then be placed over the entire ankle protect and shin pad.

Slide in shin guards are easy to apply but proper placement is essential to protect the shin. Place the shin guard along the front of the lower leg. If the proper size was selected, it should be placed 3” below the knee and 2” above the ankle. There are many ways to hold this in place. You can use the Velcro straps and wrap them around the upper and lower calf to secure it in place. You can also use a sock sleeve, shin guard tape, sock tape, shin guard retainers/stays, cohesive bandage or a new, tight sock.

How do I select the right size shin guard? Shin guards should cover no more than ¾ of your shin (also called the tibia bone). Measure your tibia bone which starts just below the knee and ends just above the ankle. Take this number and multiply by .75 to get the maximum length of your shin pad.

Most shin guards come in Small, Medium, and Large. You will need to check the package for each brand and shin guard style to see the sizing. Make sure to choose a shin guard that is equal to or just smaller than your measurement times .75.

How do I select the right size glove? First measure your hand to get your hand circumference. Measure the widest part of the hand, excluding the thumb just below the knuckles.

For our Goalkeeper Gloves after you measure your hand round up to the whole number so if you measured 6.5” then round up to 7. Next add 1 to this number which is 8. Your Goalkeeper Glove size is 8. Remember that goalkeeper gloves should be ½” – 1” longer than the fingers.

 For Quik Hands Field Player Glove use the following: If your hand measured 4.5” – 5.5” choose Small, 5.5’ – 6.5” choose Medium, 6.5” – 7.5” choose Large, 7.5” – 8.5” choose Extra-Large, and for 8.5” – 9.5” choose Double Extra Large.

 

Why do goalkeepers wear their socks over their knees? You may notice some goalkeepers wearing their socks above their knee. This can protect a cut or scrap but also prevent knicks and scratches from rough fields. The sock can be taped with Premier Sock Tape Pro ES to keep it over the knee during active play. The sock can also be worn under the knee during practice or light activity. The advantage of the Premier Sock Tape Under Sock is its comfort and versatiility for all players.

Why do I need a neck warmer for soccer? During normal play in average weather, a neck warmer is not needed.However, during aggressive play in cold or freezing weather, a neckwarmer is definitely needed. Here is why.Even in cold and freezing weather, when an athlete is aggressive they sweat. Sweating in cold weather can cause chills and muscle cramping.With a proper neckwarmer, the neck muscles can stay dry and warm. Premier Sock Tapes FB1 Neckwarmer is designed specifically for soccer during the winter season.

European soccer (football) season runs through the winter and many games occur in very cold and freezing weather. Many players have learned the benefit of keeping their neck muscles dry and warm and have begun using the Premier Sock Tape FB1 Neck Warmer while on the sideline and during warm-up and practices. Anytime an athlete is playing or working aggressively to the point they are sweating and the weather is cold, they need to keep those muscles dry and warm. The best way is to choose a neckwarmer with wicking ability and a proper weave to prevent cold air on the warm muscles.We believe the Premier Sock Tape FB1 Neckwarmer is the best choice.

What do you think of the FIFA ban on the neckwarmer or snood? We believe it is important to keep neck muscles warm to prevent cramping and strain during cold weather. Obviously, professional players cannot wear the neckwarmer during a game, but should continue to use a neckwarmer while on the sidelines, and during warm-up and practice. The wicking ability will help pull sweat away from the neck and the 100% cotton weave will keep the neck muscles warm during cool down. Sweating in cold weather can cause chills and muscle cramping. With a proper neckwarmer, the neck muscles stay dry and warm. Premier Sock Tapes FB1 Neckwarmer is designed specifically for soccer players during the winter season.

What is the difference between Premier Sock Tape and Premier Sock Tape USA? Premier Sock Tape is both the parent company in England and the brand name for their products.Premier Sock Tape USA is the American distributorship in the United States. Premier Sock Tape products are sold all over the world and in the United States they are sold through Premier Sock Tape USA.

Where are Premier Sock Tape products available? Check our store locator for the store nearest you. Hpefully you should be able to find Premier Sock Tape products in your local specialty soccer shops or small sporting goods store. If you know of a store close to you not currently carrying our products, call them and let them know you are interested in our products or if our products are not yet in your favorite soccer store, email us their name and the town they are in and we will give them a call. Our email is: info@premiersocktapeusa.com

What is your fundraising program? Premier Sock Tape USA has strong ties to youth soccer and understands the need for fundraising. Because so many of our clients are between the ages of 12 and 20, we want to support their clubs, teams and schools. We offer our product at a discount price which allows the club or team to sell the product at retail prices and earn income to support their needs.

How do you remove tape? Premier Sock Tape is very easy to remove because it doesn’t leave behind a gummy, sticky mess. Just find the beginning of the tape and start unraveling.It should come off very easily and cleanly. If you are using other products, removal may be more difficult. We know of no way to prevent the black stains electrical tape leaves behind.We also do not know how to prevent the sticky, gooey mess athletic tape and medical tape leave behind.

If you have used a medical tape, cloth tape, or adhesive tape that is sticking to your skin, the best way to remove the tape without pain is to soak in a warm bath for an hour or so and as the adhesive loosens, remove it bit by bit. Once the tape is off use soap, a good washcloth and some scrubbing to remove any leftover sticky residue. If this does not remove all the residue, soak a cotton ball in baby oil and work it into the area to loosen the stickiness. In the future, chose a tape that does not stick to skin or use a pre-wrap or under wrap to protect the skin.

How do you remove tape residue? Remember, Premier Sock Tape products NEVER leave a sticky mess, residue or a stain. But if you used a medical tape, cloth tape or adhesive tape on your skin and have residue, it can be removed by soaking a cotton ball in baby oil or vegetable oil and rubbing it into the sticky area.As the adhesive loosens, you can pick it off.

To remove residue from clothing is more difficult. For some residue, simply apply peanut butter and let it stay there for an hour or so.This should then allow you to pick off the adhesive. The oil from the clothing can then be removed with Dawn dish detergent.If this does not work, there are commercial products available such as Goof Off, Un-Du, and De-Solv-It. Read the directions before using as some of these products can ruin or stain the material.

To remove the black stain left behind from electrical tape, try bleaching.

How long is a soccer game? The length of a soccer game varies by the age group and level of play. General guidelines are as follows:

Youth – The game is 40 minutes long and usually is played in four 10 minute quarters.

Recreational – The game is 40 minutes long and usually is played in two 20 minute halves. Tied games may go into overtime depending on the league regulations.

Junior Varsity – The game is 50 minutes long and is played in two 25 minute halves.Tied games may go into overtime depending on the state soccer association rules.

High School – The games is 80 minutes long and played in either two 40 minute halves or four 20 minute quarters.Tied games may go into overtime depending on the state soccer association rules.

College – The game is 90 minutes long and played in two 45 minute halves.A tie is recorded except in championship games where an additional two 10 minute periods are played with the first goal giving a win.

Professional – The game is 90 minutes long and played in two 45 minute halves. Often, additional time is added at the end of the half and/or the end of the game for injury or other play stoppage. A tie is recorded except in championship games where an additional 30 minutes of overtime is played.

Stoppage or Injury additional time – At the end of a soccer match, at the sole discretion of the referee, additional time can be added to the regulation time due to injury or other stoppage. Usually, no more than 3 additional minutes are added but it can be more depending on the game and how long play was stopped.

Overtime Ties – Depending on the regulations, in a championship where there must be a clear winner to move forward or be named champion, if there is still a tie at the end of regulation overtime, a penalty shootout may occur.

Penalty Shootout – A penalty shootout is only used when during a championship game a clear winner must be named and the two teams are still tied after regulation overtime.In a penalty shootout, each team is given 5 opportunities to make a shot on goal from the penalty mark.If at the end of the 5 shots, if the teams are still tied, each team gets one shot until one team makes a goal and the other team does not.

What is the longest soccer game on record? The longest soccer game on record took place in the Philippines and lasted 35 hours and 20 minutes. The game has yet to be certified by Guinness as the longest. The game took place between Barotac Nuevo Comprehensive National High School and Iloilo State College of Fisheries. The score was 136 – 133.Prior to this game the longest was played by two teams from Joey’s Soccer Club in Australia. That game lasted 32 hours and 50 minutes and ended in a 315 – 296 score.

What is a penalty shootout? In championship games where a decision is necessary to determine who moves on or who wins, there may be a need for a penalty shootout. This happens only when at the end of regulation time, stoppage/injury time and regulation over time the two teams are still tied in the game or in the standings if not the final championship game. A penalty shootout gives each team five opportunities to shoot from the penalty marker toward the goal. Both teams shoot from the same end so neither has a wind or pitch advantage. Taking turns, a kicker attempts to put the ball in the goal and the opposition goalkeeper attempts to stop the goal.At the end of 5 kicks each, the team making the most goals wins the game However, if they are still tied at the end of 5 kicks, then they continue to take turns and as soon as one team scores and the other team does not, the scoring team wins.

How long is a soccer field? The size of a soccer field can vary depending on the age and ability of the players and the availability of fields. Generally, players age 14 and older (U14 and above) play on a field that is 60 years wide and 100 years long.Players in U-12 and U-13 play on a field 50 yards wide by 80 yards long.Players in U-10 and U-11 play on a field 40 yards wide by 70 yards long.Players in U-8 and U-9 play on a field that is 25 yards wide and 50 yards long. Players U-7 and less play on a field 15 yards wide by 30 yards long. These are just approximations.

What size is a soccer ball? The size of a soccer ball will vary depending on the age of the players. Standard regulation soccer balls for youth players age 12 and up, adults and professionals measures 27 to 28 inches in circumference and weigh 14 to 16 ounces at the beginning of the game. The inflation pressure must be 12 to 13 pounds.This is a size 5 ball.

A size 4 ball is used by players age 8 -12.The ball is 25 to 26 inches in circumference and weighs 12 to 13 ounces.

A size 3 ball is used by players age under age 8.The ball is 23 to 24 inches in circumference and weighs 11 to 12 ounces.

Size 1 and 2 balls are for promotion and not used in an official game.

How many panels does a soccer ball have? A regular soccer ball has 32 leather panels.20 of the panels are a regular hexagon and 12 of the panels are pentagons.

How to curve or bend a soccer ball? It is important to know that it takes lots of practice.To perfect the curve with control and precision, it can take years of practice. Don’t give up.

You want to kick the ball with the inside of your foot just behind your toe. The ball should move along the inside of your foot.You want to try and kick the ball in the bottom corner closest to you. If you want to bend the ball so it curves out to the right and back to the left you will want to kick with your left foot to the bottom left of the ball. If you want to bend the ball so it curves out to the left and back to the right, you will want to kick with your right foot to the bottom right of the ball.

Make sure to stabilize your plant foot.As you kick, you will need to swing your opposite hip and allow the ball to roll along the inside of your foot to give the ball the spin. The lower on the ball you kick, the higher the lift.

How do you kick a soccer ball? The most important thing to know about kicking a soccer ball is to practice. There are many different ways to kick a ball and you need to practice each kick over and over to improve accuracy and power. You also need to practice kicking with both legs.You will find you are stronger in one leg that the other but to be a great player, you need to perfect kicking with both legs. This is the only way to perfect your kick.

Make sure to wear shoes because a soccer ball is made of leather and is rather strong. People do kick barefoot but it is best to wear shoes while learning.

Never kick with your toes – toe kicks should be avoided.Instead you need to point your toe before kicking. With a pointed toe, you can then kick with the top of your foot for a straight kick, kick with the top inside of your foot just above the big toe (sweet spot) for an angled kick, kick with the inside of your foot for a curved kick and you can kick with the outside of your foot.

First, to practice, set the ball down and take a step or two back .You can step back straight, to the left or to the right.Each of these will give you varying angle and power.As you advance towards the ball you will want to plant the non-kicking foot alongside the ball. It is important to have the toe of your plant foot pointing in the direction you want the ball to go.Sometimes it helps just to practice this over and over without kicking. Just approach the ball and plant your foot with the toes pointed in the correct direction.

To kick a straight kick, you will bring your kicking leg forward with your toe pointed down so the top of your foot is aimed at the ball.You want to try and hit the back center of the ball to aim straight on. You will use the top of your shoe – your laces full on. As you swing at the ball, pull your hips in. The more hip action you put into the kick, the more power you have.If you approach the ball from the left or right, it will require more hip swinging and more power will be pushed into the ball.

As the ball leaved the ground, you should allow your body to continue moving forward with the kick.You may hear a coach yell “follow through with your kick” because many players kick and stop.If you stop or if you lean backward after kicking, you lose power. So, continue with the forward motion of your body.This also will help you follow your kick.

If you kick the ball in the center it will go relatively close to the ground but if you kick the ball lower it will get more height. Again, you will want to practice kicking the ball in various spots to see the direction and height. Once you learn exactly where the ball goes depending on the spot you kicked it, the more control you will have over your game.

To kick an angle kick, you will again plant your non-kicking foot with the toes pointed in the direction you want the ball to you. This time, as you bring your kicking leg forward, you want to turn your foot slightly out so that you kick the ball with the “sweet spot” which is just behind your big toe.Again, the more hip you put into the kick, the more power you will have. And always follow through on your kick.

Once you perfect the straight kick with one foot, start perfecting it with the other. Then move into the angle kick with both feet, then kicking with the inside of your foot and perfect this kick with both legs and then move to the outside of the foot.

How do you shoot a soccer ball with more power? More power with more hip.And follow through on your kick.You get more power striking the ball with the top of your foot rather than your toes.So point your toes down and lock your ankle.Your plant foot should be next to the ball and pointed toward your target.The kicking leg should be back and as you bring it forward with your toes pointed down, kick the center of the ball with the top of your foot and bring your hips around.Watch any professional player in slow motion and you will see this hip action.Once your foot strikes the ball and the ball leaves the ground, your leg should follow through so that you land on your kicking foot.And of course it helps to have strong leg muscles, strong core muscles and lots of practice.

What are the rules of soccer? Whatever the referee says goes.The referee is the final say on everything.Beyond that, the team that makes the most goals wins.If you really feel you need more rules than this here are some general guidelines.

A team consists of 10 field players and 1 goal keeper.In youth play, fewer players can be used.

In professional play, only 3 substitutions can be made.It is important to keep this in mind because this rule does not change for stoppage time or overtime.If your goalie gets hurt in overtime and all the substitutions have been used, one of the players on the field will have to stand in for the goalie and short the number of field players.In youth and recreational play, substitutes are allowed to be made freely.

The ball must stay within the playing area.The team that last touched the ball before the ball went out of play loses the ball.The other team gets control.If the ball went out along the side lines, there is a throw in.If the ball went out on the opposite teams goal line, the opposing team gets to kick the ball from anywhere within the goalie box.If the ball went out on the same teams goal line, the opposing team gets a corner kick.

A throw in must be made from the area where the ball left the field of play.The player must have both feet on the ground when the ball leaves their hands. You will often see a player dragging their toe to keep it on the ground.You may also see a player do a forward flip and as they land on both feet, they release the ball.Some players feel this gives the ball extra distance. The player cannot step onto the field until the ball has left their hands.

A corner kick allows a team to set the ball in the corner area as designated by a curved quarter circle around the corner.The ball can be placed anywhere within this circle including on the line.The player attempts to kick the ball to a teammate close to the goal who tries to get the ball into the goal.You will often see headers in this play due to the lift on the ball from the kick in.

The ball can never be touched with the hands, elbows or arms of a field player. It does not matter whether it was touched intentionally or unintentionally.Only the goal keeper can touch the ball with their hands during play. A field player can touch the ball with their hands only on a throw in.

A referee can call a penalty if the ball is touched with the hands.If it is outside the penalty box when touched, the ball is given to the other team to kick.If the ball is touched with the hands or arms within the penalty box, a penalty kick is given.In fact, any penalty within the penalty box gives the opposite team a penalty kick.

Penalties include rough or dangerous play, intentional tripping, hitting, pushing, elbowing, kicking, holding, charging and pushing.If it is unintentional, no penalty is given.If the referee feels inclined to punish the player for their actions because the player was exceptionally harsh, they can give a yellow or red card.

A yellow card is a warning and is given when a referee feels a player was exceptionally harsh.If a player receives two yellow cards, they are removed from the game.If a referee feels a player was blatantly dangerous or extremely harsh, a red card can be given.This immediately removes a player from the game.A player with two yellow cards or a red card cannot return to play.No substitutions can be made and the team must play with one less player on the field.There is no limit to the number of players that can be removed from the game due to malicious play.

One of the most misunderstood rules in soccer is offsides.Basically, on the half of the field where the team that can score a goal (offensive team) has a player closer to the goal than the ball or the second defensive player, the offensive player is deemed offsides.Generally, the goalie is always closer so that is why they say the second defensive player.But if they pull their goalie or the goalie is out of the box, then the second defensive player is who the referee looks for unless the ball is out in front of the offensive player.As long as the ball is closer to the goal than the offensive player, offsides cannot be called.If this doesn’t make sense, you will be among many who also do not understand.And officials often get it wrong or call it very close.And there is an obscure idea that if the offensive player was offsides but not “in the play” then they were not offsides.Try and figure that one out!

What happens if a player is offsides?The ball is given to the other team to kick at the point where the other player was offsides.

What is the difference between an indirect and a direct free kick?In a direct free kick, the kicker can shoot directly at the goal and attempt to make a goal.In an indirect free kick, the kicker must kick the ball but another player must touch the ball before a goal can be made.

What is a direct kick in soccer?A direct free kick is given when a player commits any of these ten offenses considered to be careless, reckless or dangerous.No opposition player can stand within 10 feet of the kicker who can shoot toward the goal or to another player.

1.kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

2.trips or attempts to trip an opponent

3.jumps at an opponent

4.charges an opponent

5.strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

6.pushes an opponent

7.tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball

8.holds an opponent

9.spits at an opponent

10.touches the ball deliberately with hands (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

If one of these 10 offenses occurs within the penalty box, the player is given a penalty kick which means they can take a shot at the goal from the penalty mark with only the goalie defending the shot.All other players are out of the play.

 

What is an indirect kick in soccer?An indirect free kick is awarded if the goalkeeper on the other team, inside their own penalty area commits one of the following offenses:

1.takes more than four steps while controlling the ball with their hands, before releasing it from their possession

2.touches the ball again with their hands after it has been released from their possession and has not touched any other player

3.touches the ball with their hands after it has been deliberately kicked to them by a teammate

4.touches the ball with their hands after they have received it directly from a throw-in taken by a teammate

An indirect free kick is also given if a player, in the opinion of the referee, commits any of the following four offences:

5.plays in a dangerous manner

6.impedes the progress of an opponent

7.prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands

8.commits any other offense, not previously mentioned, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player

 

What is the difference between a yellow card and red card in soccer?A yellow card is a warning and is given when a referee feels a player was exceptionally harsh.If a player receives two yellow cards, they are removed from the game.If a referee feels a player was blatantly dangerous or extremely harsh, a red card can be given.This immediately removes a player from the game.A player with two yellow cards or a red card cannot return to play.No substitutions can be made and the team must play with one less player on the field.There is no limit to the number of players that can be removed from the game due to malicious play.

What is offsides in soccer?One of the most misunderstood rules in soccer is offsides.Basically, on the half of the field where the team that can score a goal (offensive team) has a player closer to the goal than the ball or the second defensive player, the offensive player is deemed offsides.Generally, the goalie is always closer so that is why they say the second defensive player.But if they pull their goalie or the goalie is out of the box, then the second defensive player is who the referee looks for unless the ball is out in front of the offensive player.As long as the ball is closer to the goal than the offensive player, offsides cannot be called.If this doesn’t make sense, you will be among many who also do not understand.And officials often get it wrong or call it very close.And there is an obscure idea that if the offensive player was offsides but not “in the play” then they were not offsides.Try and figure that one out!

When was soccer invented?Soccer or a form of soccer where a ball is kicked through a goal has been around for centuries.There is some evidence that a manner of soccer was played between the 2nd and 3rd century BC in the Han Dynasty of China. Many cultures over the centuries have had some form of soccer.The more current game and rules were stabilized in 1863 when the “Laws of the Game” was created and the Football Association formed in England.

Where was soccer invented?There is evidence that a military exercise in China during the 2nd and 3rd century BC was close to soccer where the soldiers were required to kick a ball through a net.Many countries and cultures over the past several centuries have played some form of kicking a ball into a net.However, the modern game of soccer was developed in 1863 in England where the Football Association was created and the “Laws of the Game” were written.

Who invented soccer?Since the game is centuries old, there is no way to say who invented the game.However, in modern times, the game was standardized in England in 1863 when the “Laws of the Game” were written by Ebenezer Cobb Morley.So some say he “invented” the game but he really just documented some rules which later were approved by the newly formed Football Association.

Why do Americans call it soccer when the rest of the world calls it football? Well, the word soccer comes from the official name of the sport which is Association Football.In England they used the slang “Assoc” which later became soccer. Americans picked up on this slang because they were already well established in a form of football sometimes called Gridiron Football.This allows an understanding of the difference between Association Football (soccer), Rugby Football (rugby) and Gridiron Football (American football).

What equipment is used in soccer?For street soccer all you need is a ball.

But if you are playing in a league, a club or a school you will need a few more items.You will need to make sure there is a proper field with the correct size goal nets.Generally, the two teams will need opposing color shirts so the referee can tell the teams apart.Most teams and clubs will have both a home jersey or shirt and an away jersey or shirt.Many teams also have matching shorts but this is not required.The players will also need to have approved shin guards.Most leagues or clubs require the shin guards to be covered by a pair of socks.Finally, a player will need a pair of shoes.Many little children will simply use athletic shoes (tennis shoes, sneakers, trainers) but as they progress they should have a proper soccer shoe with cleats.Indoor soccer does not use soccer cleats.And of course every game needs a ball.

A goalie will need goalie gloves.

Some players will use mouthguards and other protective gear but they are not required.

So here is the list:

Ball

Shin guards

Socks

Soccer cleats (or other appropriate shoe)

Shirt or Team Jersey

Shorts or athletic pants

Goalie gloves (for goalie only)

Premier Sock Tape products (optional but suggested)

 

 

What are approved shin guards? Many high schools, colleges and clubs now require a player to wear shin guards that have been approved and meet the guidelines of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).If your shin guards are approved, they must have a tag inside the shinpad with the NOCSAE label.This label cannot be removed.If it is removed, the shin guards are no longer considered approved.

What does NOCSAE stand for in my soccer shin guards?NOCSAE stands for National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment.This organization gathers research data and sets standard for safety in sporting equipment.This label is only present in shin guards that meet the safety standards of this organization.Many high schools, colleges and clubs require NOCSAE approved shinguards.The tag must be in place for the shin guard to be considered “approved”.Therefore, do not remove the label.

Why do soccer players tape their ankles?There are many reasons a player may tape their ankles.Some of those reasons are, to provide support to a weak ankle, to protect an ankle previously injured, to stabilize the ankle, or to protect a blister or cut for further injury.

Studies have shown that an ankle brace is much better than taping if the player is looking for support or stabilization of a weak or injured ankle.Additionally, if the player chooses to tape, it is best to have a trainer or professional tape the ankle to make sure it is applied properly to prevent further injury.

How do soccer players tape their ankles?It is best to have an athletic trainer or doctor who is trained in taping do this for you.If you do choose to tape your own ankle, practice it a few times before a game to make sure it feels comfortable and allows you to play.

You will need to hold your ankle at a 90 degree angle (toes pointed toward knee).It is suggested that you start with a pre-wrap or underwrap which is a light foam wrap.This will prevent the tape from sticking to your skin and hair.

Wrap the pre-wrap around the foot, ankle and up the leg to the bottom of the calf muscle.Next, using a medical tape, a first aid tape or a sports tape meant for muscle stabilization, create an anchor wrap at the top of the pre-wrap and at the bottom of the pre-wrap.Just once around to stabilize.

Next you need to make a stirrup wrap around the bottom of the foot and up each side of the ankle.Start on the outside of the leg and pull the tape down and around the heel of the foot and tightly up the inside of the leg.

Next you need to do a horseshoe wrap which goes around the back of the ankle below the Achilles tendon. Start on either side of the ankle and wrap around the back of the foot and to the other side.

Repeat the stirrup wrap moving just slightly forward.Then repeat the horseshoe wrap moving slightly down.Repeat the stirrup wrap one move time moving again slightly forward.And one last horseshoe wrap moving slightly down.

Next you need to do two wraps on each side called a heel lock.Start on top of the foot and pull the tape down the side of the ankle, under the foot a loop around the bottom of the other side of the heel and back up to where the tape started.Repeat this two times on each side.

Then, starting at the foot, you want to tape in a figure 8 pattern around the foot and ankle.This is done by starting at the back of the ankle and bringing the tape toward the outside of the foot and across the top of the foot.Pull the tape across the inside of the foot and under and back up the outside of the foot and across the top, up the ankle to the back where you started.Do this one more time.

Now that you are done, you just need to stabilize the tape to make sure there are no loose ends. This can be done by wrap strips of tape up the leg at an angle.
What is sock tape or soccer tape?

Is sock tape the same thing as electrical tape?

Why is sock tape better than electrical tape?

What other tapes can be used to tape shin guards?

What other choices do I have to keeping my shin guard from sliding?

Do I have to tape my shin guards or socks?

What is Premier Sock Tape?

What does Pro ES stand for in your sock tape name?

What is the difference between sock tape and shin guard tape?

What type of shin guards need taping?

How do I tape my shin guard?

What are the different types of shin guards

How to wear shin guards?

How do I select the right size shin guard?

What is an Under Sock?

What does sanitized mean?

Why do I need a neck warmer for soccer?

What is the difference between Premier Sock Tape and Premier Sock Tape USA?

Where are Premier Sock Tape products available?

What is your fundraising program?

How do you remove tape?

How do you remove tape residue?

How long is a soccer game?

What is the longest soccer game on record?

What is a penalty shootout?

How long is a soccer field?

What size is a soccer ball?

How many panels does a soccer ball have?

How to curve or bend a soccer ball?

How do you kick a soccer ball?

How do you shoot a soccer ball with more power?

What are the rules of soccer?

What happens if a player is offsides

What is the difference between an indirect and a direct free kick

What is a direct kick in soccer?

 

What is an indirect kick in soccer?

 

What is the difference between a yellow card and red card in soccer?

What is offsides in soccer?

When was soccer invented?

Where was soccer invented?

Who invented soccer?

Why do Americans call it soccer when the rest of the world calls it football?

What equipment is used in soccer?

What are approved shin guards?

What does NOCSAE stand for in my soccer shin guards

Why do soccer players tape their ankles?

How do soccer players tape their ankles?

 

******