Soccer 101: What’s the Point?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked with a friend or acquaintance about soccer and they respond by saying something like “I don’t get it…all soccer is is kick and chase….kick and chase…kick and chase.” When you first begin watching soccer it may seem like there is very little strategy or tactics that go into playing soccer.  I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.  Today, we will talk about the object of the game.

Soccer 101 - The Object of Soccer


In simple terms, the objective of soccer is to put the soccer ball in your opponent’s goal more times than they put the soccer ball in your goal.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, it is NOT that simple.

But FORTUNATELY for us as parents and spectators, it is NOT that easy.

Why do I say fortunately?

Because soccer teaches so many skills and life lessons that would be missed if it was too easy.


If you watch a good soccer team play — I mean a REALLY good team;  a Manchester United or Barcelona, a Bayern Munich or Real Madrid — you will see a demonstration of beauty, precision and finesse.

Yes, the goal (no pun intended) of soccer is to score in your opponent’s goal.

However, there is much, much more to it than that.

In addition to this basic objective, teams and players are also attempting to maintain possession of the ball (this increases the chances that you’ll accomplish the first and main goal of score more than the other team).  They are also interested in severely limiting the number of goals their opponent scores in their goal (also increases the chances of accomplishing the overall goal).

In later posts we’ll dive into the objective of soccer as we discuss specific tactics, positions and formations.

For now, just know that the goal is to utilize all the players on the field to move the ball down field and score a goal in the opponent’s goal.

Sound simple?

Just wait, there’s a LOT more!

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