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Is my new soccer/football broken?

I'm on vacation solo and bought my husband a really cool soccer ball, but the store did a bad job of deflating it, and cracked the outer shell. Will it be okay when I inflate it again, or should I be looking for a backup gift? [more inside]
posted by scrute on Mar 9, 2014 - 3 answers


What's the best way to prevent sports injuries?

Changing play style, preventative exercises, diet, etc? [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Football Manager...Should I Buy? (Soccer Video Game)

Just wondering if I should invest my time/money into this game (having NO experience with it in the past). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Oct 7, 2013 - 22 answers


What are the best resources for learning advanced soccer juggling skills? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Sep 27, 2013 - 1 answer

How to be the Ozil of Tuesday nights

Tips for a lifelong 11 a side football (soccer) player making the switch to 5 a side? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga on Sep 22, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I best coach my son's Gr. 7/8 school soccer team?

I've decided to help out my son's grade 7/8 soccer team this year as a coach but I have no experience with the game or coaching in a team environment. What can I do to make this fun for everyone involved? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Sep 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I watch USAMNT vs Costa Rica in Austin tonight?

Tonight's match is on beIN SPORTS network. What bars in Austin, TX will be showing that match? [more inside]
posted by popechunk on Sep 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Which Premier League team should I learn to love?

The EPL has finally comes en masse to American TV. NBC is broadcasting three featured matches a week, and making most if not all other matches available for live streaming online. So you've got 20 teams playing 38 matches for the Premier League itself. That's 760 fixtures right there. Among them are countless derbys, inter-regional rivalries, full of so much intensity and history that they shouldn't be missed Then there's the FA CUP, the League (Carling) Cup, and a few other smaller 'cups' I can't remember the names of. There's also the UEFA Cup and the Champions League, in both of which EPL clubs compete Between the EPL itself and all the tournaments and 'cups', the sheer number of matches is a bit much, a bit dizzying, for a clueless American who loves watching soccer, but doesn't know shit about the teams themselves. So who do you love--and, by extension, who do you hate--in the EPL, and why? I don't know enough to think for myself when it comes to Arsenal or Aston Villa, Man City or Sunderland. But now that I can watch them for myself here, in the states, I'd like to learn to love one or two clubs, albeit vicariously, for now, with a little help from those in the know. Thanks
posted by BadgerDoctor on Aug 27, 2013 - 61 answers

Looking for Germany Football (Soccer) Shorts

Looking to buy shorts for the German National Football (soccer) team online. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 19, 2013 - 6 answers

What sort of soccer play was this?

Awhile back I saw a soccer match where there was a play something like a penalty kick, something like a free kick, but not either of those exactly. I'm pretty sure it was taken within the penalty box, but not at the usual spot. The announcers were talking about how rare it was and how many teams don't practice for it. Anyone know what this could have been?
posted by aerotive on Aug 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Box on back of Canadian women's soccer players.

During the Canada vs USA friendly women's soccer match, many of the Canadian players had a single rectangular shaped protrusion located high between the shoulder blades and under the jersey. What might this be?
posted by Feisty on Jun 3, 2013 - 3 answers

What a guy wants, what a guy needs

What would be the perfect birthday gift for a 17 year old guy who loves soccer? (Non-soccer gift ideas would also be appreciated. A book gift that he wouldn't hate would be the most amazing suggestion imaginable.) [more inside]
posted by cessair on Apr 18, 2013 - 17 answers

I'm going to a German soccer (football) match. What should I know?

The match is Stuttgart vs. Gladbach and it's in Stuttgart on April 14th. I'm pretty familiar with soccer, thanks to Football Manager 2012 (it's a computer game) but I guess I'm curious if there's anything I can do between now and then or on the day of the match to improve my experience, or if anyone has a good English-language source for following Bundesliga happenings. The American sports websites are okay, but I'd like to get more in-depth information. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Feb 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Hand Washing Sports Jersey's

Looking for a better alternative to cleaning jerseys in a washing machine. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 5, 2013 - 7 answers

A League Of My Own

Help me find professional baseball or soccer leagues for me to follow that don't suffer from the same issues that bother me about American sports. [more inside]
posted by shushufindi on Nov 27, 2012 - 15 answers

I mean, it's just kicking the ball, right?

Explain non-American football ("soccer") to me like I'm a 6-year-old. [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Oct 1, 2012 - 23 answers

Strength and Conditioning for a nearly 10-year-old?

[KidsSportTraining/StrengtheningFilter]My son has been asked to play "up" an age division in soccer (football). He is excited about this, but a little nervous about some things... [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Aug 20, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I watch the women's USA v. France soccer match?

How can I watch tomorrow's USA vs France women's soccer match online LIVE? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Soccer books on the Kindle

What are some great soccer/football books available for the Kindle? I'm looking specifically for books that were released in the UK but not in the USA. I'm also looking more for magazine/non fiction type of writing rather than books about tactics or the more mechanical aspects of the game.
posted by josher71 on Jun 22, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I edit and load educational videos into my kindle fire?

How do I edit and load educational videos into my kindle fire? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

What does it take to make a great football club?

Please help me settle an argument about sports, specifically soccer (football). [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto?

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto? Specifically I'm looking for any match report featuring the Austrian national team of the era (1918-1937) but anything even remotely connected would be of help. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Where should I go in Duluth to watch the Champions League final?

Where should I go in Duluth to watch the Champions League final?
posted by nickmark on May 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Giving a yellow card when it doesn't affect play. Does it ever happen?

Football (soccer): if a player does a cautionable offence (or an offense that has been repeated enough times to warrant a caution), but it does not affect the run of play at all, can they still be given a yellow once the ball is out of play? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Apr 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me get quicker as I get older

Help me increase my speed and quickness even as I get older. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Help us help kids play soccer (futbol!)

Best way to get a package to Belize (Dangriga/Hopkins) inexpensively? We want to help out the village futbol (soccer) team, but all the options look to break the bank... [more inside]
posted by rich on Apr 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Fouls in the box

Soccer/Football refereeing question: When watching soccer games on television I often see an immense amount of clear fouls happening in the box when there are corner kicks being taken. Why don't referees blow these fouls more often?
posted by josher71 on Apr 10, 2012 - 8 answers

The Relegation Zone

When an English Premier League team gets relegated down, what does that actually mean to the players, coaches, and fans. Do salaries plummet? Contracts expire? Do top players get recruited back up? For fans is it easier/cheaper to get tickets? What is the impact?
posted by ecorrocio on Mar 30, 2012 - 4 answers

More like Xavi, less like Scholesy.

I need help staying calm and relaxed on the soccer pitch, but still play assertive. How do I reach that balanced zen? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Mar 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me help my elderly parents learn to use an iPad.

Once my iPad 3 arrives this Friday, I'm planning on giving my 1st generation iPad to my parents. They're both in their 60s and fairly computer illiterate. I've tried to teach them the basics, but what apps or websites could I pre-install on the iPad when I give it to them to help them learn at their own pace? Bonus question; Dad likes soccer and I don't, so what's your recommendation for the best soccer apps to put on there? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Mar 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Why can't I watch the English Premier League on my computer in the US?

Why doesn't the English Premier League (soccer/ football) offer a service similar to the NBA's League Pass or MLB's MLB.tv? Or does it? (I'm in the U.S.) [more inside]
posted by hwickline on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Soccer w/ Teeth?

In American Soccer, is it within the rules to grab hold of the soccer ball with your teeth, and carry it down the field like a canine?
posted by flyinghamster on Dec 31, 2011 - 14 answers

Cuando es el juego?

What (if any) soccer matches will be in Quito, Ecuador in the first half of January 2012? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Dec 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Soccer Licenses: How Do They Work?

How do soccer teams in Europe get licensed? [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Nov 16, 2011 - 5 answers

The Bill James of Soccer

Who is the Bill James of soccer? Looking for good soccer statistics analysis that is beyond what others are doing and is considered groundbreaking.
posted by josher71 on Nov 6, 2011 - 13 answers

Best way to get tickets to a German Football Match from Overseas?

Best way to get tickets to a German Football Match from Overseas? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Nov 1, 2011 - 2 answers

African Cup of Nations

I want to watch the African Cup of Nations come January. Here's the problem: I live in the USA. Will I have to resort to, um, other measures than normal to see the matches?
posted by josher71 on Oct 26, 2011 - 4 answers

If You Give a Kid a Soccer Match...

My son, a soccer player and avid Manchester City and Manchester United fan, is turning 17 on the date of the Man City vs Man United match (April 28th, 2012). Since we were considering a trip to Europe next year, the stars all seemed to be in alignment for us to schedule our visit around his birthday. I wrote to inquire about tickets for the match. In return, I received a lovely reply...but I don't understand it! Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by misha on Sep 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Soccer is no holding the ball right?

Eight 4 year old boys + no SOCCER coach = me stepping up...Help! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Aug 19, 2011 - 10 answers

ISO Women's World Cup video

Is a full video of the Brazil vs. US Women's World Cup match available anywhere online? Google is failing me. Would like the full game and would rather not watch multiple clips, if possible.
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Want to watch Copa America in Baltimore

I want to watch the Copa America final on Sunday in a bar in Baltimore. It will be playing on Univision. Where should I start looking for such a bar? Or, does someone have a recommendation for a bar that will likely show it, such as a Paraguyan or Uruguayan restaurant?
posted by josher71 on Jul 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for a 'legit' pay-service website that streams soccer games from top European leagues.

Looking for a 'legit' pay-service website that streams soccer games from top European leagues. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jul 18, 2011 - 7 answers

What's the best soccer bar in the DC area to watch Uruguay and Argentina in the Copa America?

What's the best soccer bar in the DC area to watch Uruguay and Argentina in the Copa America? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Jul 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Adult beginner soccer training/camps in the U.S.?

Adult beginner soccer training/camps in the U.S.? I'm a relatively new player (started a couple of years ago). I play on a couple of teams, but as fun as games are they're just not the best way to develop basic skills; I really need a structured practice environment and feedback. I'm considering going to this camp, but I'm wondering if there's anything similar in the U.S. (Google turns up a bunch of camps for kids, but very few for adults, and even fewer for adult beginners.) West Coast would be best, but I'm willing (obviously) to travel further afield if need be.
posted by asterix on Jul 15, 2011 - 1 answer

The Laws of Soccer

During the USA world cup match yesterday a French player knocked the ball out of Hope Solo's hand when Hope was looking for a player up field to send the ball to. I saw a similar play in a different match where a player was yellow carded for doing this. What do the laws actually say about a player doing that to a GK?
posted by josher71 on Jul 14, 2011 - 14 answers

USA v Brazil women's World Cup in London?

Desperate to see the USA/Brazil Women's World Cup soccer match tomorrow. I'll be in central London. Surely some pub/bar/club will have it on, but I can't seem to find any. My Google-fu is failing me badly on this one, maybe the hive mind can help?
posted by Tholian on Jul 9, 2011 - 7 answers

What's the best way for an American to buy a ticket to an Everton FC game?

Everton FC hosts the Queen's Park Rangers on August 20th. I would like to see this match, and am willing to pay for a good seat. What's the best way for an American to buy a single ticket? Can I just show up at Goodison Park on the day of the match? Should I order a ticket in advance and have it shipped to the U.S.? Buy a ticket once I reach England in mid August?
posted by jdroth on Jul 4, 2011 - 7 answers

International women's soccer tournament in China?

International women's soccer tournament in Haikou, Hainan, China, in December 2011 -- is it for real? Can Mefites find any more information about it? (Organizing body? Contact info? More precise data on how it's organized, dates, participants, venues? Etc.) [more inside]
posted by jef on Jun 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Huge Chicharito and Dos Santos fan! -- I want to learn more!

As a new futbol/football fan, what do I need to know about the different leagues? (esp. ManU!) -details enclosed [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jun 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Futbol, football.. soccer is such a silly name.

Soccer, offsides. Teams A and B. Team B has all its players, except for the goalie, on Team A's side of the field. If a player from Team A is now on Team B's side of the field (over midfield), is he offsides, or did the opposing team 'give up' their offsides advantage?
posted by rich on Jun 14, 2011 - 17 answers

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