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Soccer for us girlies

// February 18th, 2010 // No Comments » // For Girls

To the soccer girlies out there – this one’s for you! We love the game, even though we know the minimal about the rules of engagement. All we do know is how cute Beckham looks in Ck briefs, while wrapped around his posh wife Vicky. So! with that being said, at the next soccer bash, let’s shout out loud with the boys, and know why we are so rowdy. Here’s 16 basic soccer rules to buff up our understanding of this passion sport, that creates intense gaming. I have purposely left out torso shots of the sexy players, because we need to focus, or be doomed to never know what’s going on!

The Football Association (FA), who are formed by most of the London clubs, decided that rules are needed to play competitively. Their Laws of the Game are still in play today, with some few modifications

1. Field of Play

Soccer Field

The surface on which the game of soccer is played on

Line markings & soccer pitch dimensions;

Soccer Pitch          :  90 – 120m long and 45 – 90m wide, and rectangular in shape

Goals                        :  7.32m long and 2.44m high

Centre Circle        :  18.3m in diameter or 11m from to the goal, for a penalty goal

Penalty spot         :  11m perpendicularly on goal

2. The Ball

Soccer Ball

Must have a circumference between 68 and 70cm,  and weigh 410 – 450g

The ball can be made out of leather, or a similar material


3. Number of Players

Soccer Formation

A team can bring in 10 outfield players and 1 goalkeeper on the pitch, with 7 sub’s on the bench

The number of benched subs that are allowed to play in a match with the outfield players, vary with the type of the game played

In official matches, only 3 sub’s are allowed in play, with up to 9 players on the bench

In friendlies, the coach can fit in as many players as he wants on the bench, and also swaps players with a sub, as and when he needs to

4. The Kit

Soccer Shoes

A player must wear a shirt or jersey, footwear, shin pads, shorts and socks

The two teams must have different kit on, so that they can be identified on the pitch

The players number and name appears on the back of his shirt, and his club’s badge on the chest. Club sponsors are advertised everywhere else! (The jersey markings aren’t compulsory, but has become a given)

5. The Ref’s

Soccer Referee

The ref enforces the rules of soccer, in the match he has been appointed to

The Center Ref:  is  helped by 2 assistant ref’s, 1 on each side of the pitch. A 4th ref handles small issues, like showing injury time duration, checking a substitute player’s equipment, as well as replacing 1 of the 3 main ref’s, if they can’t continue the game

Assistant Ref’s: have no decision power, and can only signal a game issue for offside, a foul, handball etc… (It’s up to the central ref to take up the assistant’s advice)

6. The Duration of the Match

Injury Time

There’s 2 halves of 45 minutes each, with a 15 minute break between

This is not the actual time of play, since this 90 minute clock ticks even when the ball is out of play (during substitutions, etc…)

In order to try balance this timing , the end of each half also brings a few minutes of  ‘injury time’

When there is a knock out match, a winner must be decided. 2 extra mini-periods of 15 minutes each are then given, with no break between

If the match is tie again!, then there’s a penalty-shootout that will eventually decide the winner – gripping stuff really!

7. The Start and Restart of Play

Stopper Clock

Starting with a kick-off. The game is also restarted with a kick-off when a goal is scored
If a player kicks the ball out the side lines, the opposing team then gets the opportunity of a throw-in
The goal kick is awarded to the defending team, if the attacking team took the ball out of play on the defending team’s goal line. The game is restarted with the goalkeeper kicking it from within the safety box
A corner kick is awarded if the defending team touches the ball last, and it goes over their own goal line, outside of the goal itself. The kick will be taken from the corner nearest to where the ball went out
An indirect free kick is awarded, when there is dangerous play or offside. The ball has to be played by 2 players, before a shot can be taken for a goal
A direct free kick is caused by a foul or handball, occurring on the field, excluding the the goal box area, and the player can shoot for a goal
A penalty kick is also warded due to a foul or handball, but the offence occurs inside the defending team’s penalty area. The game is restarted with one of the attacking team’s players shooting for goal from the penalty spot, with nothing but a goalkeeper to beat
The dropped ball occurs when the ref stops the game for a special reason, like an injured player. The game is restarted with him dropping the ball from shoulder height in front of 2 players who will fight for possession

8. Ball In and Out of Play

In and Out of Play

The ball is in play throughout the match duration, except when it passes the goal lines or goes outside a field line

When play is stopped by the ref, the ball is out of play, and the players cannot score goals or interact with the ball

Substitution players can only be put in the game, when the ball is out of play

9. Methods of Scoring

Soccer Goal

As long as the ball is in play, players can score goals

A goal is considered when the ball crosses one of the goal areas with its entire circumference

 

10. Offsides – this is a bit hectic to explain, so here’s David

David Beckham – England

Date of birth: 2 May ’75

Height: 1.82m

Weight: 74kg’s

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Real Madrid (ESP)

11. Fouls and Misconduct

Yellow Card

If a player purposefully targets his opponent and punches, kicks or pushes him while the ball is in or out of play, this is misconduct

If pushing or kicking was accidental while the ball was in play, this is a foul

The ref can issue a yellow or a red card, in addition to a free kick or penalty kick (depending on the severity of the misconduct or foul)

12. Free Kicks

Free Kick © Photo stella_gonzales2003-flickr.com

Players from the opposing team must be about 9m away from where the free kick will be struck

Also, the player that takes the free kick, can’t touch the ball again, until a teammate or opposing player touches it

13. Penalty Kicks

Penalty Kick © Photo By fortes-flickr.com

If a  foul or handball is committed within the 18 yard line, or penalty box of the opposing team, a penalty kick is issued

But, if a player commits dangerous play inside his own penalty box, the ref will award an indirect free kick from the place that the offence occurred to the opposing team

The only two players in the 18 yard box are the penalty taker and the defending team’s goalkeeper

Everyone else is outside the box, and can only move towards the ball once it is kicked, so if the penalty is saved by the goalkeeper / strikes the bar, the player can run from the edge of the box and gain possession

14. The Throw In

Throw In © Photo By Nadia308-flickr.com

When the ball goes out of play on the side lines, the opponent of the player who last touched the ball will throw the ball in

The player taking the throw must keep his feet outside the side line, with the sole on the ground and the actual throw must be executed with the ball over the thrower’s head

15. The Goal Kick

Goal Kick © Photo by Twyford-flickr.com

After the attacking team moves the ball over the defending team’s byline, the game is restarted

A goal kick is like a free kick, and will count if kicked from anywhere on the field

A goal kick can be re-taken if the ball is not kicked hard enough to count as a goal, and the goalkeeper executes the goal kick, and passes the ball to a teammate in his own penalty box

16. The Corner Kick

Corner Kick

If the ball passes over the defending player’s goal line, with a defender having touched the ball last, a corner kick is taken

The corner kick is taken from the corner of the pitch

If the ball passes the line on the left of the goal, the kick is taken and the ball placed in the left corner arc, visa versa
Opposing players must be about 9m away from the corner, the kicker can’t play the ball a second time until it’s touched by another player

To the girls who actually finnished reading this – well done ;)

To the guys who read this, and learned something about the game  – yay!

Cheers

Bossy Babe

[Research: http://www.soccer-fans-info.com]

Getting started with your Twitter background

// February 16th, 2010 // 5 Comments » // Social Media, Twitter

Does your Twitter background speak to you? This visual conversation is easy to start, if you know how. Twitter is a social media platform whereby you can communicate and network with people that you find interesting and visa versa. In order to capture the attention of your would-be followers,  an eye catching twitter background is the first step.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Photoshop, like myself, here are some easy to use sites that I found, that helped me get started with a nice Twitter background. I found these sites to have great variety, and are super easy to use.

These sites are so easy to use, I managed to get a Twitter background that I liked in under a minute. All that needs to be done is the following:

  1. Browse for the background of your choice.
  2. Insert your Twitter username and password.
  3. Click the button and you’re done!

The website automatically changes your Twitter background by using your log in information to sign in with your account and change everything for you. All these websites state that they do NOT save your username and password so security is not compromised!

Click the images below to go to visit these wonderful websites. Happy picking!

Luvies

bossy babe

bossy babe : The Intro

// February 9th, 2010 // 3 Comments » // Random

bossy babe Bio: updated 24-Nov-14

I’m a youngish urban Mom of three beautiful children, Vanessa, Jordan & Logan. Married to my fabulous friend, Nick! I try my best to lead by example. Always passionate and excited about right now & the yet to come.

My blog will hopefully help me re-discover creative writing, but for this post, today I’d like it to be a tool to share a little life light, and hopefully inspire through my new-found life-style!

Plenty of space and peace can be found in Yeshua, in the concrete jungle! Re-charging & re-focusing is my new reality. A bible & a diary really can be a girls best friend! The earth is a beautiful place if you walk in it with Hashem! Light piercing darkness = 100% fail proof! Just want to rest and enjoy working & living life in Him, as it should be.

I’m very passionate in everything I do. If there is an easier or smarter way of doing something, I’ll strongly motivate why others should do things this way for their benefit (hence the name).  I’m a creative thinker and I believe in growing intelligence in myself & sharing what has tasted sweet in adding value to my daily life! Love dreaming, have a fearless heart at times, other times, not so much. But always see it as an opportunity to gain courage & boldness. Learning something new I now realize, it’s not about understanding everything upfront, it’s about believing in something more powerful than our understanding. Untruth corrupts to a state where we can disappear in will, to even go on in this life. He who is in total control of the universe (incl ‘lil me) came to the rescue, and carried me to a place of safety. I’m created fearlessly & wonderfully, just as we all were, will to get to a higher place & He will meet you on your eye level :) The restoration process is quite a thing, but I can start to see the work of My Maker taking shape in my life& around me, its my personal Revolution!

I’m still discovering my true self in Yeshua, with his grace, which I truly don’t deserve.. The journey to live the destiny that has been written already for me has begun when I ran into His arms. hello? how awesome is this!!!

I love laughing and treasure the good times, living in the moment. I cry & hurt for those afflicted & pray them to the feet of Yeshua’s cross. One of my first favorite song lines in my journey to the cross was ‘forever starts now, what are you waiting for.’ by Pillar. My brother gave me their song on my phone, really helped me where I was angry & hurt! Those days are long behind me, so awesome to reflect & see that life can be restored to those who love Yahweh!

I love being straight forward and truthful with myself and others, surrendering to God any worry or problem for Him to help fix.

I was born again & baptized at the age of 9, and I have re-dedicated myself 3 times there after as well in my adult life so far, its allowed lol!

One evening I feel this important to remember & share – when I was 29 I was freed from spiritual bondage (25-Aug’10)
My spirit eyes saw my heart & body strangled with black whips pulled off by Yeshua Himself (I knew it was Him, He didn’t have to announce Himself, my heart just knew) who appeared like he stepped through the invisible & became visible to only me. He pulled these whip like things off with a serious & focused expression on his face, removing each whip in one firm grab & tug! Just as I gently said ‘I forgive’ this all transpired. I didn’t even finish my word forgive & images showed those who hurt me in the past. My friends prayed with me to forgive those who wronged me, it pressed upon Bryan to do so before I left for home, it was a spur of the moment type of prayer, just as we finished up our bible study for the night. Curses strangled my heart & spiritually, thats why I felt like I was literally floating, I remember looking down at my feet after, to see if I was still experiencing the law of gravity, as I felt so light! Stunned didn’t know whether to cry or jump! I just was so shocked at what I had seen in the spirit! It wasn’t scary, just shocking that spiritually I was in bondage & needed rescuing, I was oblivious! – how long was I like that? I know how weird it must sound! You had to be me in that moment! Prayer is awesome & so we should!

I hope everyone finds freedom in this life & eternally – how cool would that be – not one lost or hurting. I know we are all catered for, we just need to pursue to know Yahweh directly!

Keep on blogging & chatting to the Living God too you guys! He’s cool that way!

Love,

Bossy Babe

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