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Inside the Hand-Ball Hassle

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.


Soccer as a Stress Reliever

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).


For Luck of the Game

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.


Soccer Player Tips: Beat the Heat This Spring

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.


Uniforms and Your Unique Personality

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!


Resolving for a Successful 2017, On and Off the Field

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!


10 Gifts for the Soccer Player in Your Life

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.


5 Halloween Costume Ideas for Soccer Lovers

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.


Going the Extra Mile: 6 Tips for Effective Runs and Jogs

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.


Soccer Improv: How We Play Without a Field

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.


5 Soccer Superfoods to Add to Your Kitchen

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.


Sideline Snack Ideas for Spectators

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.


5 Undeniable Signs of a Soccer Enthusiast

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!


Smart Tech for Modern Soccer Players

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.


Back to School, Back to Soccer

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.


Swimming for Soccer Players

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.


Stock Soccer Uniforms: How They Can Improve Your Game

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.


Getting to Know Copa America

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.


Custom Soccer Uniforms: Color Considerations

While designing your custom soccer uniform, you will be faced with a variety of questions—questions about materials, shapes, designs and more.


Our Guide to Successful Soccer Spectating

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!


Soccer: A Family Sport

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.


Allergy Season Soccer: Our Tips for Your Best Game

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.


6 Activities for Offseason Fun

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.


National Sunscreen Day: Tips for Soccer Players During Summer

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.


The Biggest Soccer Myths, Debunked

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.


7 Small Ways to Maximize Your Game

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.


The Best Meals and Snacks for Soccer Players

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.


5 Tips for Enjoying Soccer on the Beach

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.


Time Saving Tips for Soccer Players

If you’re a soccer player, you’re likely always on the go—jetting off from home to practice to games and everywhere in between. If you need new ways to improve your organization and get to places on time, we hope to help you with the tips below.


4 Spring Trips for Soccer Lovers

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.


8 Great Habits for Soccer Players

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.


The History of the Soccer Ball

You kick it, head it, throw it and block it—but have you ever thought of the history behind the soccer ball, the most essential item in the game? We’ve looked into the story behind the ball and all of its iterations and are presenting its history below.


The Best Fan You Can Be

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.


5 Fun Ideas for Team Bonding

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.


The Benefits of Soccer: More than Just a Game

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.


Soccer and the Presidency

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.


Playing for a Cause

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.


3 Money-Saving Moves for Soccer Players

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.


Soccer Superstitions: Do They Work?

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.


6 New Year’s Resolutions for Soccer Players

Happy holidays! With New Year’s Day right around the corner, we thought we would share five of our favorite New Year’s resolutions—specifically geared toward soccer players—for a successful start to 2016.


Holiday Soccer Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-For Player

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:


Lessons We Learned Through Soccer

As anyone who’s grown up playing soccer knows, there are plenty of lessons to be learned while playing this great sport, from game day to practice to nighttime scrimmages. Today, we’re reflecting on a few of them.


2015 Lotto Sport Western Showcase Features Nation's Top Soccer High Schools

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!


6 Soccer Bag Essentials

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!


What We’re Thankful For

As we head into the month of November, Thanksgiving (and what we’re all thankful for) is on many of our minds. In today’s blog, we’re listing just a few of the things we’re thankful to have as soccer players. Feel free to share your own with us in the comments!


Being a Good Soccer Parent

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?”


Getting Involved with Fall Soccer

There’s no doubt you love the sport of soccer… but for many soccer lovers, finding a way to play regularly can be difficult. If you’re looking for an outlet to enjoy soccer this fall, check out our quick list of ideas below to get started:


Youth Soccer Coaching: 5 Tips

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?


Soccer in the Fall: A Few Misconceptions

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.


Soccer and Halloween: 4 Fun Ideas

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get in the spirit and show off your love of soccer along the way! Here are a few ways you and your family can celebrate soccer style:


Our Tips for New Tricks

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.


Arsenal F.C.: A Lotto Team’s Success

Are you keeping up with the English Premier League as much as we are? We want to take a look at a group of players we’re particularly proud of: Arsenal F.C.


History Lesson: The Origins of Soccer

Soccer games can definitely be stressful on fans! Cool off, take a break, and brush up on your soccer history with these facts on the names and origins associated with the world’s favorite game.


Soccer Uniforms: Your 2015-2016 Season Update

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.


MLS: How stars have changed the league.

10 years ago, if someone had suggested that Brazilian star Kaká would be playing in Major League Soccer (the MLS) today, nobody would have believed it.


Soccer Tips: The Best Way to Head a Ball

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!


Family Fun Month: Soccer with the Family

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:



Practicing Safety and Skill During Summer Storms

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).


Soccer Uniforms: A Look Back Through the Years
p>Moisture-wicking, brightly colored and often covered in sponsor logos, we’re all familiar with today’s modern soccer uniform. But it wasn’t always that way! The soccer uniform has transitioned over the years as our culture toward soccer has changed.


A Look Ahead at the Women’s World Cup Final

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.


2015 Copa America: What We’ve Seen So Far

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.


A Look at the USWNT
All eyes are on Vancouver, British Columbia this week—it’s where the US Women’s National Team just scored their first victory of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and where they hope to advance during the coming games.

The Ins and Outs of English Soccer
If you’re anything like the majority of English football fans, you’re most likely not-so-patiently for the conclusion of the English Premier League in late May.

Fighting Muscle Cramps
If you’re playing a game of pickup soccer this summer, you’re most likely already dealing with high heat and humidity… don’t let cramps get in your way, too! Before getting out on the field, brush up on these muscle cramp prevention and treatment tips.

MLS Soccer: How the Teams Stack Up
Are you keeping up with Major League Soccer this season? The addition of two expansion teams—Orlando City SC and New York City FC—has opened up the league to a new set of fans, while veteran States soccer fans have been tuning in to watch longtime favorites battle it out on the field.

US Soccer: CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF) was formed in 1961.

Red Card Review
Did you know Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk recently got its name into the record books... for not such a great reason?

What's New in 2015?
We here at Lotto hope you and your family had a wonderful New Year. In light of the switch over to 2015, we’re going to take a look at the new teams, events and things to watch out for this year… and we’re pretty excited!

Soccer History: Thousands of Years in the Making
Football, soccer… however you know the game, our favorite pastime has existed for longer than you might think! While the form we’re most familiar with today has its roots in 19th century England, different versions of games that revolve around the kicking of a ball have been around for thousands of years. How much do you know about your favorite game?

Head to Toe: Uniform for Cool Weather
Are you playing soccer in cooler weather this winter? Here’s your head-to-toe guide for dressing smart:

A Look at the Club Teams Wearing Lotto Soccer Uniforms This Season
The 2014-15 season looks like a promising one for many of the Lotto-sponsored club teams all around the globe. From newly famous success stories to league title contenders, Lotto teams are doing the brand proud by playing great soccer and striving to reach new heights as a club. Let’s look at some of the more notable Lotto wearers that will be lighting up their respective leagues in the upcoming season.

Germany Takes the Cup with an Extra-Time Goal
It was a tense, goalless game that had to go into extra time—but in its 113th minute, Germany's Mario Goetze delivered a swift kick that won his country the Cup.

World Cup Group Stages End with Glory, Scandal and Heartbreak
After two rounds of matches that kept millions around the world on the edge of their seats, the final round of group stage matches was also able to deliver in terms of excitement. Only 16 of the original 32 teams would make it out of the group stages, and the desperation of many of the teams to be among this elite group fueled some of the competition’s most memorable and scandalous matches so far.

Non-stop Drama in Second Round of World Cup Games
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, after having one of the most goal-packed beginnings to any World Cup, did not let up in terms of drama during the second round of group stage games. While the first matches for each team offered tons of entertainment, they did not ensure anything in terms of progression to the next round or elimination from the tournament. The second round of games, however, saw heroes turn to villains, dreams come true, and real drama unfold as teams began to be knocked out.

World Cup in Brazil Gets Off to Blistering Start
The buildup to the 2014 FIFA World Cup was marked with negative press and anxiety over the state of tournament. However, less than a week after the beginning of the tournament, fans all around the world have all but forgotten their trepidation as the tournament got off to an amazing start. The first round of matches has produced more goals, glory and drama than even the most optimistic supporter could have expected.

A Look at Sao Paulo’s Last-Minute Stadium
Along with the famous stars, wild fans and sleek new soccer uniforms, the magnificent stadiums have been one of the talking points of the buildup to the tournament. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the Arena Corinthians: the spot of the first match and a stadium that has just barely been finished in time for the Cup.

Pelé vs. Maradona - Who is the Greatest in World Cup History?
With the World Cup coming up, we would like to look at some of the best players in the tournament’s history. In discussions of the greatest players in World Cup history, there are two names that are always mentioned – the iconic Brazilian forward Pelé and the heroic Argentinean captain Diego Maradona. Let us look at what makes each one a World Cup legend.

The Famous 1950 World Cup - Why Brazil Changed the Color of their Soccer Uniforms
In commemoration of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Lotto would like to commemorate the last World Cup to be held in that country. The 1950 tournament would go on to be one the most memorable ever due to great play and even greater shock upsets.

Lotto Reveals Costa Rica World Cup Uniforms
Have you had a chance to check them out? Lotto Sport Italia unveiled Costa Rica’s new uniforms at San Jose’s National Stadium in March, in front of coach, players, and the president of Federaccion Costarricense de Futbol.

Costa Rica: Lotto’s World Cup Soccer Contender
The Costa Rica team may have drawn a tough group—but don’t write them off so quickly. Los Ticos have proved their skills on the field, it’s just a question of how Group D favorites Uruguay and Italy (and England, too) plan to strike back.

High Quality Custom Soccer Jerseys Made with Sublimation Technology
Sublimation is the most user-friendly form of jersey customization—almost anything you can think can be transferred onto your jersey, without wear-away over time or the use of low-quality materials.

Custom Soccer Jerseys Made Accessible
Since 1973, players around the world have used Lotto to design their team apparel. From logo to color to shape and text, it’s all in your hands—with Lotto’s convenient online customization tools, the perfect jersey is literally clicks away.

Officially Unveiled The New Sochaux Home Jersey
Officially unveiled the new Sochaux home jersey for the tenth time with the lotto label. It has been a long lasting partnership that fully confirms the mutual trust and esteem that exists between the team and its technical sponsor.
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