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If you have just signed up for your very first outdoor soccer league as an adult, you are likely feeling a combination of excitement and fear, and this is perfectly normal. The information below will help you prepare for your first soccer league, which will alleviate your concerns and help you become a better player.
Brush Up on the Rules of the Game
While you don’t have to sit down and watch every World Cup from the last decade, it certainly will help if you read the rules of soccer and perhaps watch a game or two. Though you won’t be expected to know the ins and outs of everything, you will be expected to know what to do. The US Soccer website is a great place to start, and they even provide a breakdown of the rules for you.
Buy the Right Equipment
Though there is certainly some competition in the air when it comes to recreational sports leagues, the truth is that teammates often find themselves hanging out together after games and on weekends. These events provide an excellent opportunity to meet other people who are interested in the same things you are – namely sports. Because you already have something in common, breaking the ice is easy. Before you know it, you will have a host of new friends and perhaps even a few new professional contacts in your network.
Practice on Your Own
It is always a good idea to get some running and exercise in a few weeks before the soccer league actually starts. This way, you won’t feel winded, and you will be able to give your all during games against opposing teams. You can also purchase a soccer ball and practice things like dribbling, kicking, and passing. Though you can do this by yourself, it’s even better if you can enlist the help of a friend or family member.
Familiarize Yourself with Field Locations
By knowing ahead of time where you will go to play games, you can save yourself some of the stress associated with trying to use GPS to find your way around before a game. Showing up on time, or even early to warm up, is an important part of playing on a team sport. By familiarizing yourself with the locations and choosing the fastest routes, you’re already one step ahead.
Get to Know Your Teammates
Finally, if you are given the opportunity to do so, take the time to get to know your teammates before you play your first game. Understanding everyone’s strengths and weaknesses is important to teamwork, and it’ll definitely go a long way out on the field. You might try to get everyone together for a drink, meet up at the park for a quick picnic and practice, or even host a “getting to know you” barbecue where you can all mingle and chat.
Your first outdoor soccer league can be a fun time, and like anything else, there’s a good chance you’ll want to make an excellent first impression. The tips here will help you do just that, so be sure to brush up on the rules, obtain the right equipment, and get to know your teammates.
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