The hand-ball penalty is one of those tricky aspects of soccer. Depending on who you ask, it can be under or over-called, a fair way to play or a penalty that gets more wrong than it does right. Below, we're breaking down the penalty--from its history to its modern-day applications--to see what all the hype is about. Take a look.
Is soccer a stress-relieving sport? We think so! While professional athletes playing on the world stage may say otherwise, they're on a completely different playing field (literally!). Away from the hustle and bustle of game day, the simple act of kicking around a ball with friends or practicing your shots on goal is hard to beat in terms of sheer contentment, pure relaxation. In honor of Stress Awareness Month this April, we're exploring the uniquely carefree nature of soccer (which, on one end of the spectrum, is a highly competitive sport--but on another, more personal scale, is an escape like nothing else).
If the approach of St. Patrick's Day has you thinking about luck, you're not alone! On the big day, people across the globe will don their green colors, shamrock leaves, and other "lucky" symbols in order to stack the odds in their favor. We all would love a little extra luck in our lives--but does luck have any place on the soccer field? Take a look at today's blog to see what leading players and members of the community have to say about their own luck, on game day and beyond.
Spring and summer temperatures may be stifling--but they're not enough to keep ardent soccer players from hitting the field anyway! We can't control the weather, but we can enjoy a better, more comfortable experience with some simple planning. Take a look at today's blog for six ways to beat the heat in the months ahead.
Soccer is, no doubt, a team sport--but even so, players of every type and skill level find ways to make their unique mark on the field. If you're looking for ways to individualize your practice or game day look, read on in today's blog for our best ideas!
While we soccer players may differ by country, skill set, and the team colors we wear, we have a few things in common—our love for the sport, and our desire to improve ourselves both on and off the field. In today’s blog, we will be sharing a few of our favorite ways to make 2017 your best year yet. Take a look below!
Are you stumped when it comes to finding gifts for the soccer fanatic in your life? Don’t worry—the good news here is that soccer players will love just about anything that helps them get on the field and kick around! Below, take a look at ten fun gift ideas for the soccer player in your life.
Soccer players love to show off their love of the game—and that passion doesn’t go away on the spookiest day of the year! In today’s blog, we will be taking a look at five easy Halloween costume ideas for sport players, spectators and fans of the game.
You can head, juggle or butterfly kick a ball—but if you can’t endure long stretches of running, your soccer game won’t be at its best! Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to improve your speed, stamina and overall enjoyment of running. We’re taking a look at six of them below.
So many of the greatest soccer stars didn’t start playing on a regular field—they started in their backyards and neighborhood cul-de-sacs just like us! Of course, playing without official lines and goal posts forces us and our fellow players to get a little creative. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at some of the improvised ways we’ve played the game throughout the years.
All soccer players know the importance of eating healthy—but in addition to square meals and plenty of water, do you know which foods are the most beneficial for your game, in more ways than one? In today’s blog, we will be exploring superfoods—powerful foods that pack a punch on and off the field—worth stocking up on this season.
The hustle of getting the family together to head out to the local soccer game can be exciting - and possibly distracting, which could lead to a snack-less few hours on the sidelines. Having a meal plan prepped and ready will help make game day less hectic and more enjoyable for everyone. Here are a few ideas that would be easy game day snacks for spectators.
Soccer is an amazing sport that turns running into fun, takes the edge off of everyday life, teaches teamwork, and keeps your body healthy. No wonder it’s one of the most popular sports in the world. If you are a soccer player, you know one, or just have a true passion spectating the sport, here are 5 indicators you probably suffer from soccer addiction – and fortunately, there’s no cure!
Are you looking for ways to improve your game? Even the world’s greatest soccer players turn to the help of smart technology to track their fitness, nutrition, and much more. In today’s blog, we will be looking at a few apps and devices perfect for modern soccer players.
With the back-to-school season on its way, we know that families all across the country are preparing for the return to busy mornings and afternoons filled with carpools and extracurricular activities. In an effort to cut down on the chaos of a typical week of school, why not consider getting your child involved in soccer? Whether it’s through informal practice sessions in your backyard, or the help of a local soccer camp or clinic, soccer opportunities may be just what you and your child need to make the transition from summer to fall an easy one.
If you’re a soccer player, you know that staying in shape in and out of season is key—however, you don’t have to spend time on the field or in the gym to do it! In fact, if you have a backyard pool, you’re already well on your way to a fitness routine you can be proud of.
Here at Lotto Team Sport, we appreciate the style and one-of-a-kind touch that comes with a custom soccer uniform—however, if you’re looking for a simpler, no-fuss way to outfit your team, we can help with that, too! Our stock uniforms offer every player, coach and team an easy way to stay sharp and comfortable on the field.
Have you been keeping up with the Copa America Centenario? This internationally anticipated tournament is one of the most well-known events of its kind, and this year’s iteration—which marks Copa America’s 100th anniversary—is especially meaningful to fans and players alike.
There are a million-and-one ways to improve your performance on the field—but what about your time as a spectator? Whether you’re watching a friend’s match, cheering on your child from the sidelines, or are sidelined due to an injury, you of course want to ensure that your spectating experience is as cool and comfortable as possible. Take a look at our favorite ways to do just that below!
If you were raised in a “soccer family,” you know that the sport is about so much more than dribbles, passes and shots on goal—though those are certainly important! Soccer is a sport that can energize the family and bring everyone together, even those who aren’t playing on the field. In today’s blog, we will be looking at several ways to integrate soccer into everyday family time.
Throughout the spring and summer months, millions of Americans—and, thus, many soccer players—experience unpleasant seasonal allergies. These allergies can manifest as watery eyes, nasal congestion, a pesky cough and more, often making it hard for soccer players to play their best while out on the field. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can offset the effects of seasonal allergies in order to improve your game. We’re looking at a few of them below.
If your soccer season (or your child’s) is wrapping up for the summer, you may be looking for ways to keep that competitive edge and have fun during the months ahead. Fortunately, there are many activities that lend themselves to soccer lovers—they’re fun, active, and can give you the chance to maintain your momentum throughout the offseason. Below, take a look at our six favorite activities to try this offseason.
Summer is right around the corner, and so is National Sunscreen Day! In light of this holiday, we’re taking a look at one of the most powerful tools in a soccer player’s arsenal: a trusty bottle of sunscreen.
If you’ve spent any time in the world of soccer, you’ve likely heard your share of myths and misconceptions along the way—some of them more outrageous than others! Below, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest soccer myths and the truths behind them.
When it comes to improving your performance on the field, there is no shortage of ways to ensure you’re at your best. You put in long hours at practice, never miss a workout, and take measures to make sure that you’re as fit and healthy as possible. However, when it’s the night or morning before a big game, there are a few small, simple ways to maximize your game play. Below, we’re looking at just a few.
As a soccer player, you deserve meals and snacks that fill you up and fuel great performance on the field—and, of course, are delicious to eat! Finding the right balance may seem tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. In today’s blog, we will be sharing a few of our favorite meals and snacks for success on and off the field.
With the start of spring right around the corner—and the weather warming up to milder, more comfortable temperatures—now might be a great time to bring your soccer ball and crew to the beach for a lively afternoon of soccer. Playing on the beach can be a fantastic way to hone your skills in a fun, relaxed environment that challenges you in new ways.
With spring break coming up, you might be thinking about your next big trip. While many hopeful vacationers will opt for a tropical getaway or lux resort stay, we know that many soccer players might be looking for something else entirely—a chance to practice their skills or immerse themselves in a piece of soccer history.
Aristotle famously said that excellence is not an act, but a habit—and for soccer players looking to improve their game, this idea could not hold more true. Some of the best ways to better your skills lie in small, repetitive habits you can practice every day. In today’s blog, we will be looking at a few of them.
If you’re headed to a live match this spring, or are attending a viewing party at your local sports bar, you may be looking for ways to best rep your team and be a good fan in the process. Whether you’re a longtime team supporter or are just getting into the sport, it never hurts to brush up on your spirit skills and fan etiquette. In today’s blog, we will be sharing a few tips on how to do just that.
You already know that team bonding is essential to any successful group of players—but how do you go about doing it? Team bonding experiences should be enjoyable and constructive at the same time. In today’s blog, we will be looking at five fun ideas for successful team bonding.
Whether you’re an avid soccer enthusiast yourself or are the parent of a budding player, you know how enjoyable the game can be. You probably also know how work, school and other commitments can pull players from their favorite game. In today’s blog, we are looking at soccer as more than just a game—but a multifaceted activity that can have positive impacts in virtually every part of life.
Since its introduction to the United States in the 19th century, soccer has been a popular pastime for people of all ages, backgrounds and occupations—even president of the United States! With Presidents Day right around the corner, we thought we would look at the sport as it relates to the history of America’s leaders over the last few centuries.
If you’re an avid soccer fan or player who wants to help make a difference while doing what you love, the options are virtually endless. Now more than ever, people are turning to the sports and teams they love to help them promote causes and do some good. In today’s blog, we will be looking at just a few of the easy, meaningful ways you can do your part to make a difference.
Whether you’re a dedicated soccer player or simply a devout plan, we know the sport can be expensive from time to time. If you’re looking for ways to offset the costs of playing or supporting your favorite team, you’re in luck—we’re looking at three helpful, money-saving strategies to make your passion a little more affordable.
All of us have our own ideas of what’s true and what can be chalked up to superstition—but when it comes to their gameplay, however, many soccer players choose to err on the side of caution and stick to their superstitions and good luck charms, no matter how silly they may seem.
Is there a soccer player on your list who’s not so easy to shop for? While gift buying can be a challenge during the holidays, it doesn’t have to be with these fun gifts every soccer player will appreciate:
The 2015 Lotto Sport Western Showcase is quite possibly the strongest field ever assembled for a high school in-season soccer tournament. Incredibly, the eight participants in this year’s event are all ranked in the SIMA FAB 50. Read more!
If you’re rolling out of bed to make it to your 7 a.m. field time, you likely aren’t putting much thought into what you toss into your soccer bag. But there are a few items no soccer player should leave the house without—and by taking a few minutes to pack them away the night before, you’ll be sure to have a great game or practice, no matter how early it may be!
With the youth soccer season upon us, many parents are returning to the sidelines (or heading there for the first time) to play the role of soccer mom or dad. Many may be wondering—what can I do, as a parent, to give my child the encouragement he or she needs while still staying “within bounds?”
Many soccer parents become soccer coaches when they want to spend more time with their kids on the field and just have a genuine passion for the game. But once you’ve got the coveted coach spot, how do you make the most of it and help the players reach their—very literal—goals?
For soccer players everywhere, the fall season is a long-awaited treat. Cooler weather and clearer skies can often make games and practices even more enjoyable than they already were! With that being said, there are a few misconceptions many players (new ones especially) have about cool weather play. In today’s blog, we’ll be debunking these myths and providing you with ways you can maximize your gameplay.
Looking to sharpen your game? Soccer players are constantly learning about and trying new tricks to better their play and outsmart their opponents. If there’s a new foot trick you’ve been meaning to try, keep these tips in mind to stay safe and, of course, optimize your game play.
With the 2015-16 season approaching, soccer’s fashion police are treated to the annual release of teams’ new kits. Not much has changed with the jerseys of the biggest teams in the English Premier League. Next season’s Arsenal jersey includes the increasingly popular retro touch of including a single button in the front just under the collar. Their London rivals Chelsea has a new sponsor, Yokohama Tires, appearing on their otherwise unchanged kit.
Heading the ball—it’s one of players’ favorite and most effective moves, at both the professional level and even in high school or recreational leagues. When you’re cornered into a tight position, nothing can clear the ball or get it to a teammate better than a quick header—not to mention, this move just looks cool!
Happy Family Fun Month! This August, treat your family to something special by introducing them to the world of soccer. Even if your kids aren’t quite ready to play for the big leagues, they can still get into the spirit for the game and have a great time. Here’s a list of things you can try to get them interested:
During the summertime, you may catch a rainstorm or two while out on the field… but that doesn’t have to put a stop to your game play! As long as you follow some basic safety tips, playing in the rain can be just as action-packed as you’re used to (and, of course, it may give you a chance to refresh on extra hot days).
It has been a wild week for soccer fans around the world. If you’ve been keeping up with the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, your head has probably been spinning as you kept up with the key players—the US, Germany, Japan and England. We know now that the US and Japan will be going head to head at the World Cup final this Sunday… and how they got to this long-coveted spot is a story worth repeating.
Soccer fans have been spoiled for choice over the last few weeks. As well as the Women’s World Cup, the Copa America, a tournament between the national soccer teams of South America, has thrilled its many spectators. The competition has reached its semi-final stage, and will culminate with the final on July 4th.