January 31, 2007
A 'Little Bit Of Knowledge'….May Hurt A LOT!
Koach Karl - Here's Part 2 of 4 from Coach Gianni…
Let's be sincere. Many parents, moms and dads, have never played
soccer! This, besides the fact of not really understanding what’s
happening on the field plus not having a great knowledge of the soccer
laws, sometimes creates situations of ‘tension’ at the border line or
in the stands.
Without talking about pathological ways to sustain the team (I often
hear moms that yell incitements, which don’t make any sense, for the
whole game) let’s try to learn the most simple and fundamental soccer
And before this, let’s force ourselves to remember that the referees,
besides the fact that they are human like us, can make mistakes, they
don’t run with the whistle in their mouths so, when we see a foul,
they see it too, but it takes a minimum of half a second to put the
whistle in their mouth so, the sound can’t be INSTANTANEOUS!
So, let’s not yell ‘c’mon ref!!!’ in the exact moment in which the
infraction occurred or ‘thanks ref!!!’, supposing that now they blow
the whistle just because we yelled!
Aside from this, please try to understand these 3 points:
1) A soccer law that forbids touching the ball with arms or hands
DOESN‘T EXIST. When the ball accidentally hits the arm or the
hand, that part of the body is exactly that: A PART OF THE
BODY and it’s not a foul. When we intercept the ball on purpose
with the arm or the hand, only in this case is it a foul. When
the arm goes to the ball and not the opposite. So please, look
for this principle and STOP YELLING “HAND BALL” EVERY TIME THAT ACCIDENTALLY THE BALL HITS THE ARM OF AN OPPONENT PLAYER!!!!!!
I said the arm of an opponent player because, as everyone knows,
being that our kids arms are invisible, the ball can never be
seen touching them!
2) A soccer player is considered in off-side if, at the moment in
which a team mate kicks the ball to pass it to him or her, he or
she are behind the last defender AND NOT WHEN HE OR SHE
RECEIVES IT!!!! So please, let’s stop yelling “offside
ref!!!!”, without knowing this simple concept and having
checked the moment in which the ball was kicked! (supposing that
it could be right to yell at him in the first place!)
3) In soccer, to charge an opponent with the shoulder is allowed
so, let’s stop yelling when our son or daughter is regularly
charged SHOULDER AGAINST SHOULDER!!! If you don’t want him or
her to fall on the ground after a regular charge, because they
are not strong enough, please keep them at home and play chess!
There is nothing to be ashamed of, in not being born to play
soccer and they can even become World Champion by playing chess!