One of the greatest problems in youth soccer is the number of completely baffled parents who have never played the game and don't understand the basic rules of soccer. In many cases like my own, parents didn't have the opportunity to play soccer in their youth and consequently have never learned this great sport.
Many soccer leagues, however, are desperate for volunteers willing to help out
and knowledge is not a prerequisite. On the job training is a mainstay in youth soccer. Unfortunately, sometimes these new parents never get the training for various reasons and end up either incorrectly teaching their kids or a soccer team or yelling at the referees.
It's not your fault. You're not alone.
Believe me, I've been there. I just described myself 5 years ago.
Sadly, even though the fundamental soccer rules are simple, finding an easy-to-understand, cheap resource for these parents is nigh impossible!
Enter Soccer for Parents. Help is here!
I have developed this app for parents and soccer leagues to assist in the
fundamental training of parents and new soccer coaches. This is by no
means an exhaustive review of the soccer rules. It is simply the basics - rules that will cover greater than 90% of the situations in youth soccer.
Likewise it is not organized according to nor does it follow the 17 Laws of the
Game. Many of the laws have been combined to simplify things. For a detailed
discussion of the Laws of the Game, see the Resources page.
Another good reference as you work through these rules is a soccer field diagram and definitions of the field markings. A field diagram has been provided on the last page and definitions of the field markings have been provided as well.
Please, kick the app along to any friends or associates who need the same help. Pass it out. Burn it. Delete it.
Just get the word out.
Now go kick some..... er, soccer balls!