{"page_title":"New to Soccer","tab_id":"#tool-home","html":" \n \u003cdiv class=\"layoutContainer row layout-100 \"\u003e\n \n \u003cdiv class=\"column-1 column col-sm-12 col-md-12\"\u003e\n \u003cdiv id=\"pageEl_352777906\" class=\"pageEl\" \u003e\n \n \u003cdiv class=\"pageElement textBlockElement clearfix\"\u003e\n \n\n\n \u003cdiv class=\"text clearfix\"\u003e\n \u003ch1 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eARE YOU NEW TO SOCCER?\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\n \u003c/div\u003e\n\u003c/div\u003e\n\n \u003cspan class=\"clearAll\"\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\n\u003c/div\u003e\n\n\n \u003cdiv id=\"pageEl_352777908\" class=\"pageEl\" \u003e\n \n \u003chr class=\"hrElement\" /\u003e\n\n \u003cspan class=\"clearAll\"\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\n\u003c/div\u003e\n\n\n \u003c/div\u003e\n \u003cspan class=\"clearAll\"\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\n \u003c/div\u003e\n\n \u003cdiv class=\"layoutContainer row layout-66-33 \"\u003e\n \n \u003cdiv class=\"column-1 column col-sm-12 col-md-8\"\u003e\n \u003cdiv id=\"pageEl_352777909\" class=\"pageEl\" \u003e\n \n \u003cdiv class=\"pageElement textBlockElement clearfix\"\u003e\n \n \u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWhy Soccer?\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/h3\u003e\n\n\n \u003cdiv class=\"text clearfix\"\u003e\n \u003ch5\u003ePopularity\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eGlobally, FIFA reported roughly 265 million soccer participants, which makes it the most popular sport from a participation and fan base standpoint.\u0026nbsp;An ESPN poll revealed that second to China, the\u0026nbsp;United States has the\u0026nbsp;highest youth participation rate in soccer\u0026nbsp;with roughly 24.5 million players. And, within the country, soccer is the second most popular sport for youth,\u0026nbsp;trailing only\u0026nbsp;behind basketball.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHelpful links:\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.umbel.com/blog/sports/10-data-points-prove-soccer-has-made-it-in-america/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e10 Data Points That Prove Soccer Has Finally Made it in America\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/media_kit/keystatistics/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eUS Youth Soccer Key Statistics\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shane-paul-neil/soccer-is-here-for-real-t_b_9730440.html\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eSoccer is Here For Real This Time\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch5\u003eCOST\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSoccer is\u0026nbsp;inexpensive to get started. Cleats,\u0026nbsp;shin guards and soccer socks\u0026nbsp;are the only necessary equipment purchases prior to joining a team. \u0026nbsp;Depending on whether a player is joining a recreational or\u0026nbsp;competitive team, participation costs can run anywhere from $50-$1,500.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHelpful links:\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://onthepitch.org/2007/11/22/the-costs-of-youth-soccer/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eThe Cost\u0026#39;s of Youth Soccer\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://spokeonline.com/2014/03/cost-of-minor-sports-varies-greatly/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eCost of Minor Sports Varies Greatly\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch5\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch5\u003eLevel of difficulty\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSoccer is one of the easier sports to learn. Due to the\u0026nbsp;of\u0026nbsp;infrequent stoppage in play, there is a lot of time and space for free play and creativity. There are only a couple of major tactical regulations ,such as offsides, that need to be\u0026nbsp;learned before jumping into the sport.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHelpful links:\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.soccer-training-guide.com/learning-how-to-play-soccer.html#.V9lwVJMrK9Y\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eWhat Are The Rules?\u003cbr /\u003e\r\nHow Long Does it Take to Learn Soccer?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch5\u003eGlobal Reach\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSoccer is known to be the most popular sport in the world, and one of the few that is played in nearly every country. To get a gauge of fan base popularity, in 2014 there were nearly 111.5 million people who tuned in for the Super Bowl and 1 billion who tuned in for the FIFA World Cup Final.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHelpful links:\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.npr.org/2014/06/08/318535258/the-world-cup-reminds-us-that-all-the-worlds-a-soccer-field\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eThe World Cup Reminds Us That All The World\u0026#39;s a Soccer Field\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.topendsports.com/world/lists/popular-sport/fans.htm\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eTop 10 List of the Internet World\u0026#39;s Most Popular Sports\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch5\u003einjuries\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe most common injuries in soccer are sprains and strains of ankles and knees. Although\u0026nbsp;there are other major injuries, such as concussions and ACL tears that can be prevalent mostly at the higher levels, severity and recovery time for soccer injuries tends to be low.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHelpful links:\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/STOP/Prevent_Injuries/Soccer_Injury_Prevention.aspx\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ePreventing Soccer Injuries\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.soccerconcussion.com/8-tips-to-avoid-soccer-injuries/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e8 Tips to Avoiding Soccer Injuries\u003c/a\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch5\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch5\u003ephysical fitness\u003c/h5\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSoccer requires a high fitness ability, specifically endurance and agility. \u0026nbsp;On average,\u0026nbsp;a soccer player will run a total of 7 miles per game, depending on level of participation and position 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