Football

  1. Exercise Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Here in the UK and around the globe we are all facing huge changes to our daily lives due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Since March many countries have been in lockdown with residents allowed outside for only certain activities. In the UK outdoor exercise has been on the allowed list throughout. Initially everyone was permitted to go out for exercise once per day for an hour, while following strict social distancing guidelines. Since May 2020 the guidance has been altered to allow unlimited exercise, but social distancing rules remain.

    Exercise is more important now than ever. With many peoples usually active lifestyle at a standstill and gym facilities, both indoor and outdoor, closed it is easy to become more sedentary. Add to this boredom eating, and the negative mental health effects of such a drastic lifestyle change, exercise could be a helpful focus for many people.  So, we thought we would take a look at the different types of exercise available, the social distancing guidance for each and how you can get started if your usual exercise type is currently unavailable.

    Social Distance Running

     

    In the UK running has been one of the go-to activities throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, and it is easy to see why. Most people can have a go at running even if they have never done it before, there are loads of free/cheap apps to help get you started such as Couch to 5K Runner. The only equipment that is essential is a pair of running trainers, and you can do it by yourself or with other family members.

    If you already go out running or are inspired to give it a go after almost two months of lockdown, there are just a few things to bear in mind to ensure that you comply with social distancing rules.

    1. Maintain a 2-metre distance wherever possible – as a runner you are likely to overtake people walking on the pavement, be sure to do so at a safe distance, consider crossing the r
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  2. The Importance of Keeping Fit for Football

    football fitnessWhether you play soccer professionally or casually, you would need to ensure that you take the relevant precautions to make sure that you avoid injury during the game. To ensure that this doesn’t happen it is vital that you train and warm-up your body correctly while also allowing ample time for recovery, and also wearing suitable protection while playing. So if you are new to playing the sport or are constantly coming across issues when out on the pitch, then we have put this article together to discuss the various ways in which you can make sure that your fitness is in top health for your next soccer game. Areas such as the following are covered in this post:

    • Importance of football training
    • How recovery time is vital
    • Preventing injury
    • Wearable protection
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  3. How Smart Balls Can Improve Your Training

    smart footballOver recent years technology has dominated the fitness community by allowing athletes to gather more in depth information on their training. The most common way is to use a wristband tracker; however brands have been evolving the tracking technology to allow you to practice your sport freely without having to worry about syncing a band to your phone. 

    Within this article we are going to look into some of the must-have sports technology which could help you take your training regime to the next level. In this article we are going to look into the technology created by Dribble Up. There are three types of smart balls created by Dribble Up and we are going to explore each of these further within this post:

    • Smart Soccer Ball
    • Smart Basket Ball
    • Smart Medicine Ball
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  4. What is a Swimrun?

    Have you ever thought about combining your love for running and swimming into one sport? Then a Swimrun is definitely something you should consider looking into. Seamlessly merging the two activities into a worldwide competition, Swimrun is an exhilarating tournament which needs an optimum level of stamina and strength to complete.

    Within this article we will look into how this sport came to be, along with the requirements and training needed to be successful. Below there are also helpful resources which you can used to find the next tournament near you, if you wish to take part or simply watch.

    How it Works

    A Swimrun is actually a sports competition which is split up into various element stages. Within this you will find a combination of running and swimming occurring across a cross country racing field which contains a minimum of two terrain changes. These changes would be land for running and water based areas for swimming.

    Swimrun is categorized into a number of different types depending on which country you are competing in. If you are taking part in a race in the home town of the competition these are the distance ranges you will need to choose from:

    • Super Sprint – 10KM
    • Sprint – 10.1KM to 20KM
    • Regular – 20.1KM to 40KM
    • Long – 40.1KM to 75KM
    • Ultra – Over 75KM
    • Multi-day – 24 hours

    And if you are competing in Italy or any other European countries which host the modernized version of this game, you will have these distance ranges:

    • Short – 5KM
    • Basic – 5.1KM to 10KM
    • Half – 10.1KM to 21KM
    • Full – 21.1KM to 42KM
    • Long – 42.1KM to 75KM
    • Ultra – Over 75.1KM

    History

     

    The concept of this multi-staged tournament actually begun in 2002 where a group of friends challenged each other to a race from the Uto Vardshus to Sandham. And on this journey the only r

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  5. A Guide to the Various Positions on the Football Pitch

    Football is a widely supported sport across the globe, and is even referred to as Soccer in different countries. Most young children will find themselves drawn to the game and long to give it a go. Although, some aspiring fans can be much older when they take an interest in the sport and it is still possible to take it up with your local club.

    When it comes to playing football as a team, there is a range of positions which you can choose from. Depending on your skill set, you may find yourself siding more towards a certain role on the field. But to find out more about the position itself and the requirements to fit the post, we have put together this article discussing each role and all about them. 


    Goalkeeper

    When it comes to the Goalkeeper, their sole purpose is to stop the ball getting into the net. Therefore, they use padded gloves as well as their shin pads to keep them fully protected as they dive to stop the ball. They are also able to be passed the ball by the players in the back positions for them to be able to kick it across the field to progress the game play towards the oppositions goal rather than their own.  

    To be a successful Goalkeeper you would need immense focus to keep your eye on the ball. And you would need to be good at trying to pre-empt a striker’s move so that you can cover all bases when it comes to catching the ball. You would also need to have excellent reflexes in order to prevent the football from making its way towards the back of the net.

    Defender

    There are three different areas where the defenders are found in, centrally in front of the goalkeeper, to the left and to the right. The main purpose of these players is to prevent the opposition’s strikers from getting near the goal to score. Defenders are also able to pass the ball to the Goalkeeper for them to start the game play off further down field towards the opposition’s end. 

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  6. A Quick Guide to Choosing New Football Boots

    One of the best parts of playing football is the fact that you hardly need any equipment to get a game started. At its most basic, all you need is the ball and a decently large place to play; everything after that just serves to add consistency and simplicity to the game. If you're not just playing pick-up games in the park on the weekends, though, you'll need to pick up a few more pieces of gear to ensure you can compete on the same level as your peers. The boots you wear are an essential component to competition, affording you the ability to grip the turf better, enabling quick plays and improved agility. At first, you might think that choosing boots for your football games is as simple as buying regular trainers or shoes you might wear during an average day. In reality, though, there are a lot of factors at play when you want to secure boots that will help improve your performance. From matching them to your playing surface to choosing a design that enables you to play comfortably, you'll want to develop a good sense of what to expect before you go shopping. Here's what you'll need to know to make that task more straightforward.

    Picking your playing surface

    Football games take place on a wide variety of surfaces, and it's essential to choose boots that align with the surface type you will encounter most often. Sometimes, it is even a good idea to pick up multiple pairs for different surfaces. You cannot use some types on particular surfaces due to the risk of damage or even injury to yourself. So what type of ground do you encounter most often? A "firm" surface is a typical natural pitch with normal soil; it's neither very hard nor very soft. The studs on these boots are often made of plastic, which will provide adequate grip on grass and non-muddy fields. Don't take these indoors, as the studs can damage artificial turf. Likewise, you don't want to wear soft surface boots indoors either. These boots are perfect for ground that's frequently muddy

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  7. Try These Helpful Ideas When You Need a Christmas Gift for the Avid Football Player in Your Life

    7th December 2017.For many people, the Christmas season is among the most cherished times of the year. Not only is it the perfect time to gather together with your loved ones to celebrate the holiday, but of course, the gift giving is a fun part of the traditions, too! Rather than focus on what you might receive from friends and family, though, it's time to start thinking ahead as to what you'll wrap up and place underneath the tree for the special individuals in your life. For some, the shopping will be easy. Your young nephew gets the latest and greatest video games, and you might gift your mother a new set of kitchen knives ? but what about the sports lovers in your life? If you have a football fanatic in the family, it's hard to miss. Not only will they probably have sports clothing that announces their club allegiance, but they might make it down to the pitch multiple times a week for games with friends. Perhaps they even play in a sanctioned league. Instead of opting for a generic gift, think about choosing something that meshes with their favourite hobby. What types of things make good gifts for the football players you know? Here are a few helpful hints that can steer you in the right direction.

    Gift them a fun glow in the dark football

    Is the football fan in your life the type of person who would play the game all day, every day if he or she had the time? If so, there's no doubt that there has been a time when the sun setting has put an end to the game. Without lights, it can be difficult to continue playing. Why not change that by gifting your loved one a light-up football? There are versions that glow in the dark and balls that come equipped with bright LED lights. Not only do these provide an "illuminating" experience when playing football after dark, but they can create interesting patterns and even change colours when kicked. Of course, a regular football is just as good a gift,

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  8. How to Set Up Your Own Local Football League

    27th July 2017.Of all the sports, few are as simple to begin playing as football. At its most basic, all you need to start is the ball. Everything after that can be a matter of using your imagination. However, it is in fact very easy to go far beyond that. If you love the game of football, you probably spend at least some of your time hunting for a game to join. Do you organise a group of your friends occasionally to get together and play? Well, why not take it to the next level? Organising your own pub league or a regular game of five-a-side doesn't require a huge investment of time or effort. Where should you begin, though? Even if you know people who would be interested, you should undertake some thorough planning before you ever schedule your first game. With everything properly in its place, you can ensure that you and your friends have a blast. To help you get started, we'll examine the things you need to incorporate in your amateur league and some ideas for achieving an ideal setup. We'll prove that you don't need much to get a fun, regular game going that you can always enjoy.

    Gauge interest and consider registration

    Step one might seem like the most obvious of them all, but figure out your players first! You can't organise even a casual weekend game if you don't know enough people willing to play. Your approach here will depend on your overall goal. Do you want to form a team to play against others in a small but sanctioned league? Do you instead just want to set up a meeting with a group of your friends from down at the pub? In the latter case, asking around should be sufficient for finding enough people. You may even want to consider putting up flyers to gauge additional interest. Cast a wider net and ask friends to ask friends, too. You'll need to familiarise yourself with the rules for entry and the requirements for competing with your newly formed team. Make sure everyone is

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  9. 8 Excellent Summer Holiday Activities for the Kids

    26th June 2017.When school lets out for the holidays, no one is more excited than your children. It's an opportunity to spend time away from educational responsibilities, to relax, and to have fun. Every parent wants to ensure their kids don't spend the holidays cooped up indoors the whole time, however. With the allure of video games and electronic devices stronger than ever, it's important to encourage physical activity. The summer should be a time for fun, but that doesn't have to mean sitting indoors and avoiding the hot weather. That's where you come back into the picture: your goal should be to create plenty of opportunities for active fun and exercise. The key is in the way you present the activity. Taking your kids for a run is a hard sell; organising a game with some of their friends is something to excite any child. With that in mind, what are some of the best activities you can engage in with your kids over their holiday? There's no shortage of variety available ? and you should use your imagination, too. To help you start planning, here are eight ideas you can use and adapt for your family. Before you know it, your kids will clamour for the chance to go outside and play with you.

    1. Football is an easy classic everyone loves

    For the ultimate summer fun with a low cost to begin, you can't beat football. Play in your backyard or a local park; if you have some green space to kick around the ball, your kids can have a blast. Organise an actual game with some friends, or just have fun practising kicking the ball around. You could even simplify the game down to "keepaway." Whoever has control of the ball must keep it away from everyone else. That often leads to plenty of joking, laughing, and running around. At the end of the day, your kids will be totally worn out but jubilant. The best part of using a football is the ability to return time and again to this game throughout the holidays.

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    1. Walking Football: An Excellent Sport for Senior Health and More

      13th March 2017.Is there a clearer expression of the human body's incredible abilities than watching young athletes in their prime compete for the top spots in their respective sports? When our bodies are young, many of us turn to sports to exercise, have fun, and connect with our peers. Why should sport remain the domain of the young solely, though? As we get older, many of the rigorous sporting tasks we tackled with ease in our youth have become more difficult. Without the competitive aspect and the drive to improve and be better, many people drift away from sports as they age. That might even lead to an abandonment of regular exercise altogether. It doesn't have to be that way, though, and indeed it shouldn't ? after all, exercise is important throughout our lifetimes. While age can slow us down, it shouldn't knock us out of the game entirely. That idea is the driving force between a game that's growing in popularity in many places: walking football. At its most basic, it's a version of the game of football we all know and love but tweaked to slow down the pace of play. How exactly does it work, and where is it finding popularity? Let's look at the answers to these questions, plus the health benefits participants of walking football can enjoy.

      How walking football works

      The good news when it comes to learning walking football is that it does not differ significantly from its parent sport. Typically played in games with five players to a side, walking football can accommodate up to seven a side in normal play. The name of the game has already given away the key difference that sets it apart, though: throughout the entire match, the rules allow for absolutely no player to run. Not the goaltender, not a striker, not a defender ? no running, period! The game's rules state that one foot must always be on the ground. You play the entire game at a walk, which while sometimes brisk, does not carry

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