What to Do on Corner Kicks in Indoor Soccer

When you’re taking a corner kick in indoor soccer, you have a few choices regarding what you can do and what the rest of the players on your team can do. What you decide depends on several factors that I will outline in this article!

The first thing you need to take into account is that you don’t have much space to run up and kick the ball from, since it is probably situated so close to the boards. This means that you can’t kick the ball with much power, so you need to rely on finesse and placement.

One of the most typical things to do on a corner kick is to kick the ball straight along the boards towards the opponents goal. Your teammates should be in specific positions when you do this. One teammate should be right up next to the goalie, screening them and preventing them from getting to the ball as it goes into the box. Another teammate should be right at the far post of the goal, to tap the ball in if it squirts through the box – and it often will. Finally, a teammate should be at the top of the box, so if the defenders try to clear the ball, your teammate can intercept and take a shot.

Another type of corner kick is to hit the ball back to one of your defenders who is near the midfield line. This is effective for a few reasons. First of all, it opens up the whole field to you. Your defender can hit the ball to either side of the field, instead of just into the middle, like when you’re taking a corner kick. Also, on a corner kick, the opposing defenders are usually all in their box, or near it. That means that your defenders are unmarked, and they can take the ball and maybe even take a shot. Finally, it throws the opposing defense into disarray, because they don’t know who should mark your defender.

Another strategy is to kick the ball as hard as you can into the middle of their box. This relies on either your teammates or their team deflecting the ball into the goal. This is used much more in younger leagues, but it can surprise the other team and lead to a goal even in more mature leagues.

Since you now know what to do on corner kicks in indoor soccer, you should try the strategies out! Go out and play a game and test them out – they might even result in a goal or two for you!…

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To Train For Endurance in Soccer by Enhancing Core-Breathing in the Game

How to breathe during your exercises program and during training is a foundation to how you breathe while you are competing. To have high endurance begins with your breathing ability in competition which will give muscles more energy to work with as you are playing soccer. Developing techniques to breathe while you exercise and how to breathe in competition, gives the edge in high competition by letting the body tap into a persons physical source of energy to keep playing longer then anyone else. Core/breathing is a interactive relationship, for the more you use the core movement, the more breath can be develop, then using the core to manage the breath flow during competition which enhances physical endurance. The ideas behind the power of core/breathing is how they are link together thereby they can be develop for greater endurance that enhances performance.

Looking at soccer physical demands on the body with the rules of the sport determines the exercises and training program that focus on physical endurance that is required for the sport. Soccer focus on the lower part of the body to run, to do sprints and the need to control the ball and kicking ability and foot movement and balance ability these are lower body developments. The body has to have good muscle tone over all to support the development of the core area to the feet muscles. Keep in mind there is general toning of the body but then there is the development of the muscles to do the sport. Breathing usage and development should be the foundation of doing exercises from stretching by using your breath to relax muscles and breathing through the nose as you run and move the core. Development of short inhales and long exhales as a exercise to change the stress energy in shoulders and let the mind feel the connection to movement of the body. Coordination is a energy link between the mind and body.

Balance is key component within the movement in playing soccer and the development of balance is directly related to the core strength then related to feet strength. The relationship to core force and feet strength forms the force that is balance in movement during the game. The other half is how long can you play at a high level is directly related to breath ability. To stay in the game, its about breathing ability while you are playing.

The power of core/breathing is a method of how to enhance performance within your exercises and in your existing physical movement in soccer. Energizing your muscles and giving your mind more directional force ability is directly related to breathing and strength within the core and how you control your exhale as your running affects how long you can run. Recovery of your energy and then strength relates to breathing within the core, so training should include core/breathing techniques that relates to soccer that will enhance performance in your game.

If a players wants to enhance their endurance on …

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Interesting Facts About Soccer Fields

Since soccer is probably the most popular team ball game in the world, some one would think that all the rules and regulations for this sport would have been formed and know from the beginning, or at least that there would be some definite rules, universally accepted and applied. This is partially true, since when it comes to terms like out, goal kick, foul, etc, we all understand the same exact thing. However there is an interesting detail when it comes to the length and size of the field.

The size of the field, when soccer was first introduced, was not defined and even the layout could be different even within the same country, which practically meant that someone could play in a field of 80yards and someone else in a 100yards. This fact was not only weird but also unfair for the players, so the first Association of Soccer, founded by the British in the 19th century, introduced the first guidelines for the appropriate length, and years later FIFA established the rules and exist currently.

Even now though the existing rules permit some kind of variation when it comes to size : the field has to be rectangular ( this rule cannot change and does not underlie to any kind of variation ), the length cannot be less than 100 yards (90 m), and no bigger than 130 (120 m) and its breadth cannot be less than 50 (45 m), and no more than 100 yards (90 m) . For international games this is a little more limited: length cannot be more than 120 yards (110 m) nor less than 110 yards (100 m), and the breadth not more than 80 yards (75 m)nor less than 70 yards (64 m).

In any case though, the length must always exceed the breadth. In modern soccer though rarely can someone see that big variations, so more or less all fields have approximately the same size without reaching the maximum suggested and allowed. The size though has to be reduced when it comes to women soccer or to fields allocated for players under the age of 16 or those with disabilities.

Except for the outer lines size there are rules that apply to the inner lines of the soccer field as well. According to those, the field is separated by a central line, which has the exact same distance from the each of the width end. There is always a circle, located at the middle of this line and its diameter has to be 10 yards.

Goal posts are placed at the middle of each pitch width and have to be 24 feet wide and 8 feet high and they are surrounded by two rectangular boxes: the bigger one, called penalty box since every foul in this area leads to penalty kick, is 18 yards wide and 44 long.

The small box, called protection area, is 6 yards wide and long. One more interesting rule about the size of the interior lines …

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Corrupt Police Officials? An Interview With Tony Hayes

Corruption is a widespread social phenomenon; it remains to exist in every culture – even though many countries argue to have eliminated corruption in superior authorities.

These countries believe that corruption only exists in bureaucratic societies; where every single issue is dictated and dominated by a government; perhaps a corrupt government. I beg to differ…

…Police corruption can comprise of a single officer or a collection of officers, or could even be an orthodox exercise of a complete police department!

So this led to me to investigate a common complaint for injustice within society; police harassment and victimization – here are just a couple of headlines I found supporting such complaints:

PHILADELPHIA COPS FALSELY ARREST & HOLD WOMEN FOR THREE WEEKS ON FAULTY POSITIVE DRUG TEST

PHILADELPHIA COPS SHOT TWENTY CITIZENS DEAD IN 2006, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF UNARMED INNOCENT CITIZENS

NEW YORK CITY COPS GUN DOWN THREE INNNOCENT UNARMERD BLACK MEN KILLING ONE PLUS STILL YET ANOTHER SHOOTING THEN GUN DOWN ANOTHER MAN WHO HAD SURRENDERED

I don’t dispute the fact that many police enforcement officers are decent human beings who will try hard to do an honest job for everyone they deal with. Many are honest and need the cooperation of the honest citizen. However research does suggest that powers are being abused by corrupt police officers and citizens are being subject to harassment in some cases.

I decided to speak someone about their experiences and their perspective on the law, a person who feels they have been victimized and subject to harassment.

Meet Tony Hayes:

Tony Hayes made no secret of his time spent in custody for the assault of a doorman. He said the “actions were in defense of myself and my ex wife after a doorman threatened us both with offensive weapons”.

However, previous to this, Tony had filed a complaint against various officers for harassment as well as fictitious statements, malicious behavior & un-professional conduct.

How did the victimization start?

“It started after I first filed a complaint against an officer for slander and defamation of character; I did so because an officer was telling members of the public that I had been arrested for drunken disorderly which was untrue!”

“I felt this was malicious and vindictive as at the time I was the owner of a Muay Thai boxing club. This could ruin my reputation and my livelihood – so I filed a complaint against the officer”.

“I was then called into the police station and I spoke with an inspector who promised me he would make the incident from before (the defense of myself and my ex wife after a doorman threatened us both with extreme weapons) would go away if I dropped my complaint against his officer”.

“I refused and then he made a call to the CPS there and then, a month later I was in court for this incident”

“Ever since I filed that complaint I have become the victim of police harassment, wrongful arrest, assault, you name it.”…

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The Best Neck Strengthening Exercises and Routines

You can build a fairly strong neck with a great neck strengthening exercise or routine. If you are trying to build a great physique, you need to devote time to building a strong neck as well. There are many benefits to building a strong one.

Benefits of Having a Strapping Neck

You are into wrestling or mixed martial arts, you will benefit from having tough neck. It will help you resist being easily overwhelmed by your opponent. You will be able to control your opponent. It will protect you against injuries. You will be able to defend yourself against a choke. You will also be able to deal with punches more effectively if you have a well-built neck. A strong neck represents power and this will prove as a deterrent against attacks. Your opponent will think twice about attempting a choke against you.

Neck Strengthening Exercise Tips

You can actually get someone to help you with your neck exercises. In fact, having a partner and getting him to help you with your exercises can be fairly beneficial. This is also quite effective and it is a good option if you do not have the funds for good equipment or gym membership. You only need to get a few tools like a neck harness. Of course, you have to make sure that you get the best for durability, effectiveness and comfort. Here are some tips on how to strengthen your neck:

  • A harness is really great for developing the muscles in front of the neck, but you do not need the same thing to strengthen the back of your neck. You just need to have your partner sit on the back of your head – yes, the back – and he will perform abdominal work while he seats on top of your head.
  • To work the front of your neck, your partner should first stand up and straddle your body. He will have to put his hands on your forehead and then he has to pull your head back. You need to resist the pull and attempt to pull your forward while he continues to pull your head backwards. Try to do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions.
  • To work the sides of your neck, you can also work with a partner to strengthen the sides. Many wrestlers ignore the sides of their neck, choosing to focus on strengthening just the front and the back. They do not realize that they can be hit anywhere. Their opponents can hit from all angles especially during a grappling match. In order to work on the sides, you need assume an all-fours position. Then, you need to place your head against a fixed object or equipment that is bolted on the floor. Once you have assumed the position, you can then push the side of your neck against the immovable equipment as hard as you can and maintain this for 10 seconds. Continue to breathe as you push your neck against the object. Do 6
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Swoosh Defense! Can Young Players Learn the Flat Back Four Zone Defense?

I was recently asked, "Coach Hardy, why are you coaching youth soccer teams
To play a flat back four zone defense? "The perception being that a sweeper /
Stopper system is a 'safer' defense for younger teams. First of all, any defense
Will have its strengths and weaknesses. A knowledgeable coach will know those
Weaknesses and will encourage their team to break it down. All disclaimers
Besides, the flat back four is the preferred system of most modern teams. A
Youth soccer coach should emphasize the development of players within the
Context of modern soccer.

When properly executed, a flat back four will provide excellent
Defensive pressure, cover and balance. Young soccer players should be
Developed to play at their highest potential level and nearly all higher level
Teams play a flat four or three system. Coaching a flat back four defense gives
Players a foundation for future success in soccer. Even a team as young as U11
Team can successfully play a flat back four zone defense. A team may give up
'Break-away' goals in the short term, while they learn the system, but in the
Long run they will have the ability to confidently step into a modern defensive
System.

A team can successfully play a flat back four after just a few training
Sessions and a handful of games. I use the pre-season practices, tournaments
And scrimmages as a time for a team to learn the player roles and team shape
Of a flat back four zone defense.

To help players visually understand the team shape of the defense I
Call it the 'Swoosh' defense. As the back four defenders shift left and right
Across the field, the shape of the defense unit looks like the Nike "Swoosh"
Logo. If the players drift out of shape I can just say "Swoosh" and immediately
The players know where to position themselves. As the players feel comfortable
With the system they will remind each other to "Swoosh". Here are four basic
Ideas to be aware of when coaching the Swoosh defense.

1. Swoosh Defense

The back four defensive shape will prevent the other team from having
'Break away chances' by making sure the far-side outside defender and the
Far-side central defender shift and cover diagonally behind the pressuring
Near-side defenders. It sounds complicated but it's actually pretty simple. The
Defenders shift diagonally to the position of the ball.

With this correct positioning the 'Swoosh' defense is condemning ball
Penetration, the dangerous attacking players are marked and the covering
Defenders will 'sweep' any ball that gets played through. If the ball is switched
To the far side of the field, the defending four players will shift the 'Swoosh'
Accordingly. I have found that young players can easily remember to 'Swoosh!'
More that 'Pressure, Cover, Balance'.

It is important for players to remember that the diagonal cover shape
Is why the team does not need a sweeper. The most common defensive mistake
Is for the team to stand totally 'flat'. This …

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Soccer Drills for Kids

Sharks and Minnows: soccer drills for kids don’t have to be with a ball or even resemble a soccer drill. We use this drill for warm ups and speed training. Although to the players its more like a friendly game of tag. Start off with one player or the coach as the Shark. The other players(minnows) are all side by side spread out across the field. The Shark will say go and all the Minnows have to make it to the other side of the field without being tagged. Those Minnows that are tagged become Sharks. The game continues until the last Minnow is caught. This drill teaches speed and side to side moves as the Minnows attempt to escape.

Follow the Leader: I like this soccer drills for kids because they learn to control the ball while moving side to side and reversing their field. Start this drill by pairing up the players. One player has a ball the other does not. With the player without the ball being the leader, have him start jogging slowly forward then zigzag to the right then left then in a circle. Use different variations of this drill, have the non-ball carrier stop and take a step back to teach the pull back move. Rotate players every few minutes.

Capture the flag: This is another soccer drills for kids that will teach ball handling skills. Make a large 20 foot circle, every player inside the circle with a ball. Every player has a flag hanging from their waist. All the players dribble the ball around the inside of the circle. While controlling the ball every player try to capture as many flags from their teammates as possible without losing their own. Once your flag is captured, you’re out. The winner is the last one with the flag. A couple of rules to follow. You must be in control of your ball when you capture a flag and if you leave the circle for any reason you’re out.

Knock out: One final soccer drills for kids is knock out. Once again make a circle about 20 foot round with all the players inside the circle each with a ball. Blow the whistle to start. All the players begin to dribble in any direction they choose. The object of this drill is to protect the ball while making a defensive move to eliminate the other players by knocking their ball outside the circle. Again the winner is the last one inside the circle with the ball. Same rules as the last drill, you must be in control of your ball when knocking out an opponent and if you leave the circle you’re out.

So as you can see soccer drills for kids can be a lot of fun for the players as well as the coach and parents too. As the coach feel to take part of the drills. If the kids are real young, encourage the parents to get involved too. The funner these …

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The #2 Tip to Overcome Low Ceiling Heights in Your Basement Finishing Project

If you’re considering a basement finishing project to increase the usable square feet and value of your existing home, you might have realized a significant challenge that has you a bit concerned: low ceiling height!

Perhaps you’re worried about low ceilings throughout the basement. Or maybe you’re more concerned about beams, pipes, and vents that seem to all be in the wrong spot.

Whatever your concern, these are the challenges and limitations that almost everyone faces when completing a basement finishing project. Your particular situation may be unique to the vision you have for your completed project, but the several tried-and-true techniques for disguising low ceiling heights are sure to rescue you.

Recently, in another article we suggested 7 tips for dealing with the ceiling height dilemma (search “The Ceiling Height Dilemma in Your Basement Finishing Project and the 7 Top Tips to Overcome It”).

Today, we’ll discuss the second tip from that article: Tray Ceilings.

You might refer to these as coffered ceilings, recessed ceilings, inverted ceilings, etc., but for the purposes of this article, we’ll refer to all types simply as tray ceilings.

A tray ceiling is an ideal architectural element to add to your basement finishing project if you are trying to camouflage a low ceiling, or disguise pipes or vents running horizontally along your ceiling.

A common basement hindrance, you may have a drain pipe from an upstairs bathroom or kitchen, or a trunk line (ductwork) that supplies or returns air to or from the upstairs. Simply boxing around this (a soffit) is the most conspicuous way to hide it.

For a quality basement finish, you’ll want a better solution to the problem.

In rare cases, you may be able to simply move these mechanical elements out of the way. So, if design and budget allow, your best solution is to move them.

However, even with the best design and an unlimited budget, you might be unable to eliminate mechanical elements from interfering with your basement finishing efforts.

If this is the case, take a look at the pipe or vent running down the length of the ceiling. Is it running down the middle of the room, or on one side?

If it’s running down one side of the room, imagine that another set of pipes/vents are running down the opposite side (a mirror image). Now imagine a set of pipes/vents on each adjacent side of the room (by now the picture in your mind should be of pipes/vents running around all four sides of the room).

Now, imagine this room finished with walls, and these pipes covered by a soffit. You should be envisioning finished walls and a finished ceiling, with a rectangular box at the top corner of all four sides of the room. Each soffit should be the same width as the other so the room achieves symmetry.

What you’ve imagined is a tray ceiling, a fabulous basement finishing technique to deal with low ceiling height. If pipes or vents are running down …

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Soccer Socks

When selecting soccer socks, it is important that users are familiar with their fit and purpose. This is because for users who are not used to wearing soccer socks may find their first attempt to be uncomfortable. Soccer socks are very unlike their regular counterparts and are much thicker than regular socks. They are available in pure cotton blends, cotton wool varieties and some may have a towel like appearance. Soccer socks are not available in ankle length varieties and hence, most company offered designs of soccer socks, stretch all the way to the calves when worn.

Soccer socks for amateurs and professionals differ greatly. For beginners the choices are much simpler. It is important to find a variety that can be worn comfortably with shoes because most of them are thick after wearing studs and soccer shoes and the fit may seem imperfect. For this reason, it is advisable to try new soccer socks with shoes while buying them. This may not always be possible as soccer socks are packaged and most companies consider the socks sold, once they are taken out of the packets. To combat confusion when buying, clients must always remember their regular sizes. This tendency prompts users to purchase soccer socks from the same manufacturer once they find a pair that suits them. A common practice to measure soccer socks is to wrap it around a tightly closed fit. This can be compared to a person’s ankle size and its length can also be determined. Apart from this, most manufacturers print the sizes, material used, and care tips on the packaging.

Soccer socks are available in a variety of colors. This is because they provide support to shin and calf guards that are enclosed by the socks during play. Although they have to display great elasticity, it is important that the open end of the soccer socks do not boast a tight elastic band. Otherwise, it would disrupt normal blood flow and prove to be continuous source of irritation, apart from leaving prominent and agitating marks on the skin.…

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2009 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football Preview

Joe Flacco and the 2008 Baltimore Ravens came out of nowhere finishing 11-5 and winning 2 playoff games before finally succumbing 23-14 to the Pittsburg Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Nobody and I mean nobody could have predicted Flacco’s success as he clearly demonstrated that he has the mo-jo and leadership qualities necessary to be a success in the NFL. However, historically the Ravens have not been known to produce many fantasy studs and that was no different last year as with the exception of WR Derek Mason and RB LeRon McClain no Raven invoked fears amongst fantasy owners.

Flacco was a nice surprise in 2008 but that doesn’t make him any more attractive in 2009 as a fantasy starter. It is not so much Flacco but the system that he plays in and the receivers that he has at his disposal that makes him fall well short of a number one fantasy option at QB. Furthermore, teams will not be surprised by Flacco much in the same way that they will not be surprised with Atlanta QB Matt Ryan. Both had exceptional rookie campaigns but this is the NFL and teams always make adjustments and this will no doubt be the case regarding both Flacco and Ryan. Pure and simple Flacco just doesn’t have many weapons to work with and that hurts his fantasy stock dramatically. Until the Ravens get Flacco some legitimate targets to replace the rag tag guys currently on the roster at the WR position don’t look for him to produce quality stats and certainly don’t look at him as a starting fantasy QB.

McClain was a nice surprise last year and he no doubt helped some owners to titles with his play down the stretch run. The problem is that all reports coming out of Baltimore indicate that McClain is going to be relegated to FB behind Willis McGahee and Ray Rice. McGahee, while only 27 has had numerous major injuries and is extremely weathered. Furthermore, he seems to think that he is better than he actually is with his attitude. Heads up Willis, you are an average NFL RB at best. McGahee rushed for 671 yards and 7 TD’s in 2009 falling well short of what owners who drafted him expected. Don’t look for much more out of McGahee this year as McClain in my estimation will still see the majority of goal line reps and Rice will cut into his attempts between the 20’s. McGahee will go higher in drafts but I believe that Rice will be the more productive fantasy back this year for Baltimore. Treat McGahee as a number 4 rusher similarly to Cleveland’s Jamal Lewis only to be used in desperate situations. Keep on eye on both McClain and Rice in drafts and if you can secure the services of either with a pick around the 9th-10th round snag either of them.

Every year people treat Mason as a fantasy piece of trash yet year in and year out …

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