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Study explains science of soccer

With the attention of sports fans worldwide focused on South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, U.S. scientist John Eric Goff has made the aerodynamics of the soccer ball a focus of his research.
In an article appearing in the magazine Physics Today this month, Goff examines the science of soccer and explains how the world’s greatest players are able to make a soccer ball do things that would seem to defy the forces of nature.
Goff’s article looks at the ball’s changing design and how its surface roughness and asymmetric air forces contribute to its path once it leaves a player’s foot. His analysis leads to an understanding of how reduced air density in games …

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The World Cup in HD Around the World

The world is eagerly awaiting the beginning of one of its biggest sporting events, The World Cup, set to take place in June in South Africa this year.
Soccer is probably one of the most popular sports played throughout the world, though it has only been received with mild enthusiasm in the U.S. Many, however, hope that with greater access to this game, played around the world, and with the particular excitement that The Cup generates, people in the states will grow more curious about a sport which is the heart and soul of so many countries worldwide.
This certainly might become the case with the rise of large, flat screen, high definition satellite televisions. Thanks to …

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The 4 Keys to Successful Soccer Coaching For Kids

As a parent or coach, it is extremely important to have a youth soccer program that creates a positive and fun atmosphere for your kids. During these early molding stages, your child will begin to learn a lot about the game of soccer and basic teamwork skills. In order for them get the most from their training and to maintain an ongoing interest in the sport, your soccer training drills will need to be very enjoyable and interactive. Here are a four key elements you should always follow when organizing soccer for kids.
First, your kids will enjoy anything that involves a lot of movement. This includes both with and without the ball. Get your children …

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Soccer: U.S. travels to Mexico for revenge

The 5-0 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final was hard to accept for Americans. It was embarrassing and it was hard to watch. The U.S. national team had enjoyed much success against Mexico in the last decade. But the Gold Cup final seemed to draw things even between the two rivals; at least temporarily. On August 12th, U.S. and Mexico will meet again.
Not only will the U.S. be able to avenge the 5-0 loss, but they can also essentially knock Mexico out of World Cup contention with a win (Mexico would only have 6 points with 4 games remaining). The U.S. has never won at Mexico’s Azteca stadium, and a victory would go …

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The Next Great European Sport

Soccer is the major sport over in Europe; however, a new craze has begun. European football as taken off and promises to become as big a sport there as soccer. Many people in other countries outside of Europe, such as the Unites States, do not even realize that football is played in the European countries. When traveling to European countries visitors are quite surprised to find football stadiums as well as soccer arenas. Soccer will most likely always be Europe’s favorite sport, but football has been growing steadily in the past several years. And they have gained a faithful following of supporters as well.
The European football league does not compare to the United States football …

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5 Crucial Tips for First-Time Soccer Coaches

The start of the soccer season draws upwards of 19 million players to the fields – many for the first time. Among these soccer warriors are the moms and dads that volunteer to serve as coaches. These well-intended surrogates, many with no soccer or coaching experience, are central to the success of the season. Here are five crucial tips for first-time soccer coaches:
1. Team Meeting
Hold a team meeting with the parents. This is an important first step to establishing dialogue with the team. You’ll figure out straight away who will be your staunches allies and who may become troubling families. During this meeting, you must communicate your expectations for the season. Explain that the kids …

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How to Coach Soccer Players to Handle Pressure

When you are learning how to coach soccer, you need to keep in mind that one thing that is guaranteed during a soccer match is pressure. Whether your players are on offense or defense, they will experience pressure from the other team. Part of what you need to figure out when learning how to coach soccer is learning how to teach your players to handle that pressure.
Pressure on the Ball Handler
How many times have you seen a young player blindly kick the ball away whenever a defender gets within five feet of them. They become so panicked when pressure comes that they lose confidence in their own ability, and make a poor decision with the …

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Emirates Offers Football Fans a First Class FIFA World Cup Experience

Emirates has been announced as FIFA’s Global Tour Operator for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Emirates will be offering fans from around the globe the chance to purchase world class, seamless travel packages that will include flights to South Africa, accommodation, ground transportation and match tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Football fans will also have the opportunity to purchase, for the first time, unique ‘follow your team’ travel packages that will ensure they don’t miss a moment of their team’s action over in South Africa and safeguard them should their team be unfortunate enough not to qualify.
Emirates’ partnership with FIFA began at the 2006 FIFA World Cup when it became the first …

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Five Useful Soccer Tricks

Body feints and scissors aren’t the only soccer tricks you see in a professional soccer match anymore. More and more soccer players use tricks and special moves to increase their game. But what are the best tricks to use in a match?
I’ve made a list of 5 very useful soccer tricks. These tricks are generally used to beat your opponent.
1 – Scissor
Although the scissor trick is very old, it’s still very effective. Your opponent needs to concentrate fully on the ball to tackle you. But that’s very hard when you perform a good scissor.
Besides that, the scissor is a great move to combine with another trick. Start with a scissor and follow up with a …

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Why Soccer Not Popular In The States

I was a little tired able to elevate the sport of soccer, but I simply can not help myself. I know he wants to become the great USA but that is never going to happen. The problem is that everything is too boring to watch television. They are not score enough goals and the customer is still waiting so low. It reminds me completely hockey only without the ice and ice skates. The basic rules are the same and therefore the results. If hockey hasn ‘been able to give up soccer.
The only way it could become more interesting is that if soccer should consider changing the rules a little. They should try to make it …

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Men’s Football Day 1 Preview: Top teams begin their Olympic campaign

The Men’s Football tournament of Beijing 2008 will kick off on August 7.
In the curtain-raising match, Group A team Australia will take on Serbia. The match is also Serbia’s first Olympic appearance as an independent nation since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia’s best Olympic result was at Los Angeles 1984 when it claimed a bronze medal.
The other Group A match will be between Argentina and Côte d’Ivoire. Argentina has won six consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship titles, including the most recent one in Canada in 2007. The defending gold medalist is poised to add another medal to its collection. With Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and …

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