Soccer Training for Beginners


  • Defender


  • Besides the goal keeper, there are ten field players. The formation of soccer follows as 4-4-2.  The first is four defenders, who are the players in front of the goalkeeper.  However, there are no four members on the team who are designated as the defenders.  Rather, the coach of the team will select four of the team members to serve as defenders for that particular game.  There don’t always have to be exactly four defenders on the field at one time, but following the tradition of the 4-4-2 guideline, that is usually the number of defenders there are.


  • Midfield


  • The next four players on the field from the 4-4-2 guideline are the midfielders. The midfielders have both offensive and defensive responsibilities.  They have to keep the ball going forward while also trying to keep it from the defenders and the goalkeeper.  The rules for soccer are a little less rigid than the rules for sports with similar positions like American football, as defenders in soccer can also go on the offensive and forward positions can also defend.  However, midfielders and defenders are not expected to be the players to score goals in the opponents’ box.  Rather, that position is left to the forward players.


  • Forward Players


  • The last players in the 4-4-2 setup are the two forward players, who are expected to always be on the offensive and score the goals. However, they can also play a defensive role if needed.  It’s generally up to the midfielders to make sure the ball gets to the two forward players.

Soccer Clubs


There are leagues for professional soccer all over the world in dozens of different countries, but any one league has to be limited to only one country under FIFA rules.  The exception to this is in North America, where the same Major League Soccer is from both the United States and Canada.  This differs significantly from other sports.  It’s also confusing to think of how there can be a soccer champion team when all of the leagues are separated by country.  Under FIFA, which controls professional soccer leagues all around the world, there are six different regional confederations, each of whom have a tournament to determine the regional champion.  FIFA also stages a Club World Cup in order to determine the champion out of the six confederations.

Responding in detail to Mobile Active

Sharek961 | Sports club

We posted around 140 reports on election day. 11 of those reports were LADE sourced. The other 129 were citizen reports (often with media sources). Since we launched 3 days before the election, we see this as a success, and view building audience as a long-term project. Although higher volume would be nice, we missed no major events and the substance of our reports match the election day mood.The blog Mobile Active covered Sharek961 the other day as part 2 of a two-part article on mobiles and the Lebanese elections. We were flattered to be featured and excited about the coverage, as Mobile Active is a well-read and widely respected publication among the ever-expanding community of people interested in mobiles for development, social change, and other good things.

First, transparency: some of us know Katrin Verclas, the author of the blog post and founder of the site, through friends and conferences. We knew she was writing this post and had a friendly conversation about Sharek961 days before it was published.

When the post came out we were a little surprised by its tone. We felt Mobile Active had not quite understood what we were trying to achieve with Sharek961. This might have been paradigmatic – the only other example of Ushahidi in elections was Vote Report India, which positioned itself as a monitoring site – and it might have been our own fault for not articulating our position clearly. So we wanted to respond in a little more details to the post, and perhaps answer or clear up some general questions about who we are and what we are trying to do.

Sharek961 was never intended to be another LADE. LADE is an accredited monitor with an official mission: observe and report violations of poll code. Sharek961 is a neutral platform for citizen reporting on issues happening around Lebanon.

We know it’s the job of bloggers to find a story behind the story. However, the heart of Sharek961 is transparency. . Our team is made up of individuals, not affiliations. Everyone on our team is listed. All our partners are listed. We receive no backing, financial or otherwise, from any organizations other than the ones listed on our partner page. Lebanon is a small country where you are born with a background, but you are free to choose how and whom you engage, and that’s the core of Sharek961.

Why we’re such bad bloggers!

Please excuse us.  We keep promising to blog about things – our amazing meeting with the Social Media Exchange, our partnership with Demotix, Meedan, and Sawt Ashabab, our experiences putting together a team in Lebanon, heck, even our frustrations here – and we just haven’t done what we’ve promised!

We’re a very small team – there are two of us on holiday from ‘the real world’ to work full time on this, another three with full time jobs who can only work nights, and as of the past few days, some new friends whom we’ve convinced to donate their time and efforts. We’ve been so busy getting the site live, getting the work done, all these things – that we just haven’t had the time to record our efforts.

This is a disappointment – there’s a lot that can be learned from putting thoughts and experiences in writing. It helps clarify to us what we are doing as well as helping other people understand. In fact, it really should have been a fundamental part of our project, as it adds a level of transparency to our work and preparations. That said, we’ll be working to try and update live tomorrow and add a personal Sharek voice – to the events of the day. We’re looking forward to doing this together with you all.