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South Africa is going to host this great event of the FIFA World Cup 2010 and it will be the Mecca of all sports events. The tournament will be held over the course of 4 weeks from June 11th to July 11th. You'll have 10 chances to win big through world cup betting.

South Africa will be one of the thirty-two competitive for football's most coveted prize, the Jules Rimet Trophy!
Right now, the qualifiers are taking place between more than 200 nations having to get their chance to play in the finals. After this phase is complete, the 200 nations qualifying are divided into 6 groups:

– Africa
– Asia
– Europe
– South America
– North, Central America and Caribbean
– Oceania

Ladbrokes offers you free bet offers for these 6 groups are then divided into multiple regional groups and will compete against each other for the top seed and runner-up in each group. This process will repeat itself until the required number of teams per division is met in order to compete in the final stage for the title.

All bets on FIFA 2010 right now tend to favor the obvious choices such as defending champions and 3-time winners, Italy as well as 7-time champions and typical World Cup betting favorite Brazil. Whomever it is, one thing is for sure, it will be exciting to watch and bet on world cup.

The different events for the FIFA are: –

– Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
– Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
– Moses Mobidha Stadium, Durban
– Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
– Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
– N. Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
– Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
– Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
– Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
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Ever notice that there are some players whose performance in practice is fantastic, but they are not contributors at game time? There are also players who do not seem motivated at practice, but are extremely effective during the game. Why is this?

I think it has to do with psychology. Some players are very comfortable with the practice environment, because they know the players around them. There is an element of security and familiarity that is not present on game day. Some players also suffer from performance anxiety, so they think too much about the outcome and not enough about the task at hand.

It is also common for players to have mental blocks, so they associate failure with certain scenarios. These players typically stress after a mistake and it takes them very long to recover. Some never do and their performance deteriorates as the game progresses.

Then we have the player that coasts through practice and is your best player on Saturday. This is also a psychological issue. This player loves a challenge and rises to the occasion on game day. He/she is confident and wants to prove to himself/herself as well as to the opponents that they can play. This player is not motivated at training because they have the incorrect interpretation of its purpose. To them it is just practice and they do not see the need to go all out against their teammates.

There are pitfall with both players. The player that works at practice, but can’t translate this to game time has to overcome their personal fears. This takes time and experience. Some coaches do not have the patience and these players are left out. Especially at the higher levels. I know you are thinking how does a player with the ability, not translate it to the game? Well here is a possible reason. This player may have played for a coach when he was very young that stressed results…a screamer. This coach probably took players off every time they made a mistake and never offered a solution.

The game player is really no better off in the long run because they never get to full fitness. The training habits begin to catch up with them as their talent alone will not see them through at the next level. Training habits and discipline are key to success, so unless this player gains an appreciation for the intangibles, then they too will be left out eventually.

How is this type of player created? Here is another possibility. He/she was always physically gifted and the team relied heavily upon them for success when they were younger. He/she never had to push themselves at training because they were way ahead of the rest, so it was acceptable to the coach. This player played the entire game and was the focus of the team. They got the ball to him/her at all times regardless of outcome.

Obviously this player gained tremendous confidence, because of the treatment received from the coaching staff. The sad thing is that when these players become part of team where everyone is treated the same and is expected to work at all times, they sometimes fail. They now have to perform a function clarified at practice (an environment they have never taken seriously) and the game no longer revolves around them.

I was recently asked, “Coach Hardy, why are you coaching youth soccer teams

to play a flat back four zone defense?” The perception being that a sweeper/

stopper system is a ‘safer’ defense for younger teams. First of all, any defense

will have its strengths and weaknesses. A knowledgeable coach will know those

weaknesses and will encourage their team to break it down. All disclaimers

aside, the flat back four is the preferred system of most modern teams. A

youth soccer coach should emphasize the development of players within the

context of modern soccer.

When properly executed, a flat back four will provide excellent

defensive pressure, cover and balance. Young soccer players should be

developed to play at their highest potential level and nearly all higher level

teams play a flat four or three system. Coaching a flat back four defense gives

players a foundation for future success in soccer. Even a team as young as U11

team can successfully play a flat back four zone defense. A team may give up

‘break-away’ goals in the short term, while they learn the system, but in the

long run they will have the ability to confidently step into a modern defensive


A team can successfully play a flat back four after just a few training

sessions and a handful of games. I use the pre-season practices, tournaments

and scrimmages as a time for a team to learn the player roles and team shape

of a flat back four zone defense.

To help players visually understand the team shape of the defense I

call it the ‘Swoosh’ defense. As the back four defenders shift left and right

across the field, the shape of the defense unit looks like the Nike “Swoosh”

logo. If the players drift out of shape I can just say “Swoosh” and immediately

the players know where to position themselves. As the players feel comfortable

with the system they will remind each other to “Swoosh”. Here are four basic

ideas to be aware of when coaching the Swoosh defense.

1. Swoosh Defense

The back four defensive shape will prevent the other team from having

‘break away chances’ by making sure the far-side outside defender and the

far-side central defender shift and cover diagonally behind the pressuring

near-side defenders. It sounds complicated but it’s actually pretty simple. The

defenders shift diagonally to the position of the ball.

With this correct positioning the ‘Swoosh’ defense is denying ball

penetration, the dangerous attacking players are marked and the covering

defenders will ‘sweep’ any ball that gets played through. If the ball is switched

to the far side of the field, the defending four players will shift the ‘Swoosh’

accordingly. I have found that young players can easily remember to ‘Swoosh!’

more that ‘Pressure, Cover, Balance’.

It is important for players to remember that the diagonal cover shape

is why the team doesn’t need a sweeper. The most common defensive mistake

is for the team to stand totally ‘flat’. This is especially common at the half-field

line when the team with the ball has been maintaining possession in the

opponent’s half of the field. Which explains why teams that are learning the

Swoosh defense will usually give up their goals from half-field breakaways.

If the defenders stand flat at half field then any ball played behind the

defense will result in a breakaway race without anyone to stop a goal but the


2. Marking A Man In Your Zone

In addition to the Swoosh shape, the four defenders need to become

aware of the attacking player in their area of responsibility. Young players

often focus all of their attention on the ball. This bad habit is called ‘ball

watching’. Young players will often ball watch until the ball comes near them

and only then will they try and get it. But getting the ball is only part of the job

of defending. The Swoosh defense requires that players be in a good defensive

position while marking the opponent ‘goal-side and ball-side’.

When defenders ‘ball-watch’, opponents will move into unmarked

positions. The basic rule for defenders is to mark the most dangerous player in

your zone and stay ball-side and goal-side of them.

The break-aways against the Swoosh defense usually happen when a

defender is “caught flat ” and doesn’t react to the open opponent in their zone

until it’s too late. If a defenders waits until after the pass is played forward to

move towards the mark in their zone then there is often a foot race to the goal.

90% of good defense is positioning away from the ball.

(Note: Another reason I use the “Swoosh” term is to because young players will

often stay “flat” if the defense is called a “flat back four”.)

Ball watching

is pretty normal behavior for young soccer players, however, a defender is a

very important position and that player must be alert and mature enough to

not ball watch. Learning to mark correctly is a skill that will come with

commitment to learning.

3. Line Of Restraint And Compactness During Transition

The basic principle of good defending is to create ‘compactness’. I

encourage the defense to create compactness when we transition to offense or

when the opponent passes the ball backwards. We do this because (a)

compacting the space that the other team has to work with creates pressure

and (b) we can catch them off-sides. I do not encourage a sophisticated off-

sides trap below U14, but moving up the field to create compactness will catch

unaware forwards off-sides.

If we are slow in our own transition to offense (for example, after we

just cleared the ball from the defensive third) and our defenders just stay deep

in our own half then we are giving the other team lots of room to move the ball

back towards our goal. The general rule I coach is if the ball goes up the field 5

yards then we move the defense up 5 yards – 20 yards up the field means we

move 20 yards up the field. This is true until we cross half field. At half field,

the back four step a few yards into the opponents half of the field.

If our defense stays back in our own half of the field then there is less

pressure and with less pressure the other team will spend the game in our half.

I believe it is a better idea to try and defend the half line than your goal.

The key to successfully compacting the space is that all of the

defenders must move up together. If just one defender stays back then the

other team will exploit that. The line of defenders moving up the field is called

our ‘Line of Restraint’. Our goal is to have our ‘Line of Restraint’ no more than

35 yards from our forwards until our defenders reach the half line.

Again, a secondary bonus of compacting the space during transition is

that the other team is often off-sides because their forwards are caught

standing around after the ball has been cleared.

4. Off-Sides And Referees

A common concern when playing the Swoosh defense is that referees

can make mistakes with the off0sides call and the other team will have easy

break-aways. As far as the referees missing offsides calls, well, that’s the

nature of the game. The key is to control the controllables. As coaches, we

can’t control the referee’s decisions but we can control the team’s ability to

have good positioning and marking. Furthermore, if a team plays good defense

and scores goals then they will not be in a position that will allow the referee to

determine the outcome of the game.

In summary, if we coach to have defenders compact in transition, get

in our proper ‘Swoosh’ shape, and mark their opponent goal-side and ball-

side, then I am confident that the flat back four zone defense can be successful

even with young teams.

Now that my current U11 team is comfortable with the

Swoosh defense, we have moved onto the role of the attacking outside

defender and their ability to move forward to join the attack.

Soccer is easily one of the most widely played youth sports in America right now, and with the economy the way it is, purchasing equipment might be a little more financially challenging than it was before. The equipment needed for a game of soccer is really not all that much: a ball, shoes, shin-guards, and a goal. What is the most expensive? The goal. Below are a few steps for building a cost effective goal that can be used at home for practice or on a field for a game.

Materials needed (most if not all of these can be purchased at your local hardware store): First, you need a post hole digger to dig holes deep enough to place your goal-posts in. Next, you will need two 4×4 vertical bars and one 2×4 cross bar. Other miscellaneous materials that would be helpful include: a staple gun, tape measure, nails, cement mixture, a net, and a string to tie the net onto the bars. For your bars, you can use PVC, aluminum, or steel tubing (I think PVC is the best because it is the easiest to work with).

According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, the dimensions of a full-sized match play goal must be 24×8 feet, so take this into consideration when purchasing your materials and constructing your goal.

WARNING: I suggest that you do not use home-made goals if your child plays on full-sized goals as these can break and potentially seriously harm your child. Instead, it is suggested that you buy competitively priced, professionally made soccer goals from a reputable dealer.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is get your post hole diggers and dig holes for your two vertical posts. Keep in mind that the stability of the entire goal rests on these holes, so be sure that you dig them well enough and deep enough as to ensure structural stability.

Step 2: Once your holes are dug, mix your concrete and pour it into the holes with the vertical bars in place. I suggest quick drying cement here because it is simple and more efficient.

Step 4: Find a friend! Here you will need to attach the cross bar to your goal, and it will be much easier if you have more than one person doing the job. A ladder might also come in handy, unless you’re Yao Ming, then you might be alright.

Step 4: Choose a net that best meets your needs. A net can be either permanent or replaceable. Make sure that you decide this ahead of time and fasten the net to the posts accordingly. Be advised, this job can be time consuming because of the many connections between the bars and the net that need to be made.

Step 5: Once the net is installed, test it out using a good quality soccer ball and a good quality leg! Make sure to also check the structural stability to ensure safety for you friends and family.

Making a goal is really not as hard as you think, as long as you have the time and patience to do it right!

Red cards are terrible things to get in indoor soccer! There are quite a few repercussions and getting one would certainly negatively affect your team. This article will tell you all about red cards in indoor soccer and a few common ways that people get them, so you can avoid doing any of them!

The first things you should know about red cards is how they work. You can either be given a red card straight up, or it can be the result of getting two yellow cards in one game. You are immediately ejected from the game, and your team has to play a man down for the rest of the game. Also, you can be ejected from the league if it’s a really serious infraction. Watch out, because these are very serious results.

The most common way that people get red cards in indoor soccer is from starting or participating in a fight. Indoor soccer is a very high-tension and intense game, and this can spark something very quickly if there are aggressive players on the teams. In order to get a red card, you’d probably need to start physically fighting with someone and hit them. These are especially bad, because multiple players can get involved, and that means several players getting kicked out – and your team might have to forfeit if you lost enough players! The best thing to do if somebody is instigating is to walk away or alert the referee. There’s really no reason to fight back.

Another common reason people get red cards is sliding in from the back. In the first place, slide tackles are illegal in a lot of indoor soccer leagues. You usually won’t get a card for sliding in, though. What gets you in trouble is if you slide tackle someone from behind them. This is a serious offense, and can easily injure the person. The backs of people’s legs are vulnerable, and it’s much worse if they are not expecting it. If your only option to stop them is to tackle them from behind, just don’t! Let them score – it’s much better than getting a red card and injuring them.

One final way that a lot of people get a red card in indoor soccer is because they disrespect the referee or yell at him or her. This, while not as serious an offense as the previous two, can easily get you a red card. This is because you are insulting the very person who gives out the cards, and it can trigger their emotions. They’re more likely to give you a yellow for this, but I’ve seen plenty of reds given out. Just remember: never talk to the ref and you’ll be golden.

I hope this article has been informative and that you now know what not to do during indoor soccer. Now get out there and play clean!

His full name is Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, but generally well-known as Dunga. He who was born October 31, 1963 in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul is a Brazilian ex- soccer players who has position as midfielder in the field, beside Italian and German descent, and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 World Cup as well.

Currently Dunga is national coach of the Brazilian national squad. His nickname is Portuguese for “Dopey,” one of the Seven Dwarfs. The nickname provided by his uncle because he supposed that Dunga would never grow to a tall stature.

Dunga played on the club level for Internacional (1980-1984, 1999-2000), Corinthians (1984-1985), Santos (1986-1987), Vasco da Gama (1987), Pisa (1987-1988), Fiorentina (1988-1992), Pescara (1992-1993), VfB Stuttgart (1993-1995), and Jubilo Iwata (1994-1998). While in level of international, Dunga played 91 times for Brazil, scoring six goals. Other than the 1994 feat, he played in the 1990 and 1998 World Cup editions as well, and became captain of the ream in the 1998.

Dunga never had triumph taking part for his clubs in Europe, but he enjoyed his greatest moments participating for his countryside. He shined and won the World Cup of 1994 and 2 Copa Americas along with the likes of Ronaldo, Romario, Bebeto, Jorginho, Branco and also his fierce defensive midfield partner Mauro Silva.

Dunga was regarded as the least Brazillian of all. His tackling was physically powerful and frequently won every one on one competition. He decided splendidly in the defensive situations and served as the outlet pass man that set up the attack.

He let his convincing personality demonstrate in the 1998 world cup where he lashed out at his partner Bebeto on the playing field, as long as the match Brazil vs. Morrocco. There, Brazil beat the game 3-0, and went on to become the final runners up to the hosts France.

His nickname was “Swartzenegger” following the bodybuilder actor because of his stocky build and flat-top spikey hairstyle.

Putting a wager on such bet could not be easier. All internet ‘bookies’ offer such betting market, though some brand it under another name. The football bet itself is as easy as could be and would provide excitement for the whole 90 minutes of the game. In any case, here are some football betting tips and info.

What’s a Both-Team-To-Score bet?

It is exactly what its name says. One makes his selections from a choice of matches in which both soccer teams need to score for a football bet to become a winner. The game score does not matter. One is basically looking for both squads to score goals.

Where could one place his bet?

Such bet could be placed with most internet bookmakers. Each ‘bookie’ might change the name of such bet to their personal branding; for instance, one popular bookie calls it ‘Goals Galore’ while another brands it as ‘Goal Rush’.

What makes such bet exciting?

This is wherein betting on both squads to score goals comes into its own. Everybody knows that goals could come at whichever point in a match right up to the final whistle. If one had a straight win wager on a squad that was losing 1-0 with just 10 minutes to go, does one still believe his team could win the game? Of course not. Once one’s team choice conceded a goal, it would be tough to believe they can comeback & win.

With the both squads to score bet, one isn’t actually interested with the result, but simply for the soccer goals to be scored in the end. A squad winning 1-0? All one needs is for the other squad to score one goal and his bet is a winner!

This means one has the full ninety minutes to cheer on soccer goals in the game. Nothing else but goals. One does not need a specific player to goal or a particular scoreline to happen… just goals!

How much could one win?

This really depends upon how much one bets & ultimately how many selections one wants to make. The more selections one makes, the more he could win. With every additional selection made, one’s prospective winnings increase.

How does one make his selections?

This is really up to the person. There are several statistics-based sites which would give one all the info one needs to know. Info gathering on soccer fixtures and goal probabilities would vastly increase one’s chances of winning his bets.

The following are a few football betting tips on statistics to research prior to placing a football bet:

– Checking squad news for injuries of key players

– Researching recent score forms

– Checking league positions

– Checking head to head history

Which bookmakers must one join?

First of all, it pays to read autonomous bookmaker reviews. Such reviews would tell one all he needs to know, giving totally impartial advice. To join more than one bookmaker’s a wonderful idea as ‘bookies’ offer a variety of odds, & betting with simple one internet bookie significantly lowers one’s winning probabilities.

Where could one get the info he needs?

There are a lot of websites that offer football betting tips, info and tutorials at no cost. There are as well dedicated soccer betting websites which generally have info one requires.

Game Development is a very broad process which involves game developers, analysts, testers and above all the publishers. It can be classified into two groups on the basis of how they are developed.

  • Mainstream
  • Independent

Mainstream games are normally funded by publishers and take several months to complete. On other hand Indie games are developed by individual developers and can be completed in small amount of time.

The first video games were developed way back in 1960s. They were meant only for mainframe computers and that’s why they weren’t available for general public. Following are some games developed in 1950s and 1960s.

  • OXO – by Alexander S. Douglas in 1952.
  • Tennis for Two – by Willy Higinbotham in 1958.
  • Spacewar – by group of MIT students in 1961.

Commercial development of games began in the 1970 and the first game “computer space” was programmed and sold in 1971. It was a coin operated video game which was displayed on a black and white television.

The second generation of consoles ran on microprocessor and the first game developed was “Fairchild Channel F in 1976”. Home based computers were introduced which saw an increase in development of games as it allowed individual programmers to program different games. The first ever home based video games were Zork, Baseball, Air Warrior, and Adventure.

With increase in the efficiency of a computer system, its processing power and graphical capabilities many large firms were now marketing and developing games at their ends.

Game Development is actually a Software development process which combines art, audio and gameplay. Developing games takes slightly different way and normally it doesn’t follow Waterfall model of Software Development Life Cycle.

Agile Methodology is often used to develop games. It gives a solid platform which makes a game efficient and bug free. It’s mainly based on iterative process and a constant feedback system is there which rolls back any errors or shortcomings in the beginning of development phase.

Video Game Development is one of the most evolving and ever-increasing industry. The industry revenue has increased at least five fold since the 1990s. The major factor behind this success is the development of third generation of consoles which are popular in every household.

Following are some of the best Game Publishers:

  • Take Two Interactive
  • Nintendo
  • Capcom
  • Microsoft
  • Electronic Arts
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Sony
  • Square Enix
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft

Gaming Industry is very competitive and unstable. It requires a lot of hard work, passion, dedication and skills if anybody wants to survive in this industry.

Barring West Indies and England all the other six teams in the ICC Cricket World Cup have won 4 out of the 6 matches they played. The top teams look in fine nick and their victories have been as convincing as their surprise losses.

The two top teams at the group stage – Pakistan and South Africa have reliably easier opponents in the form of West Indies and New Zealand and from the looks of it the two of the four semi-final slots already look booked. Shahid Afridi has been having a wonderful time with the ball and the highest wicket-taker of 2011 CWC would like to usher in a new chapter in Pakistan cricket by emulating the other famous Pathan Imran Khan's 1992 campaign.

South Africans have always been favorites and chokers who just lose the plot midway and needless to say they have the required will, determination and the talent to end their drought. The other four have their task cut-out: play like you have never played before!

Like every major tournament it plays, India, this time around as well, almost went crazy calculating the odds, the net run-rate and all sorts of statistics as it padded up for the last league match against the West Indies. With India the 'what if' factor sees to be more at play more than anything else. After watching the team play the way they did in the league stage the think tank does not seem to worry about the obvious weaknesses like lackluster bowling and sudden batting collapses. Or could it be that the ones looking at the game from the outside are making too much of it?

While England does not look as domineering as Sri Lanka at the first glance, this English side, however, has the tenacity to cling on. Like in the match against India that ended in a tie the English side displayed it's will to chase down huge totals and it's no surprise that two Englishmen – Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss – feature in the top three batsmen of this World Cup.

Sri Lanka on the other hand features the top batsmen of the tournament in the form of Kumar Sangakkara; they are also the team with the best run rate (+2.5) from their six matches. This is the closest the English team has ever come to a possible chance of winning the World Cup and they will not give up so easily but with home advantage Sri Lanka might want a repeat of 1996.

India could have done with a date with New Zealand instead of its neighbor Australia. A pale shadow of what they used to be, Australia has won the last three world cups on a trot and can not be taken lightly. Ricky Ponting has not had the best of the World Cup but he might just find his nick in good time. On paper India looks a better side but off late the host nation has been just about managing to snatch a victory. It's a good thing that the Indian bowling looks as aimless as the Aussie top order; just think what'd have happened on 24th March if Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer were still playing! Brett Lee troubled Pakistan in their last league match and even though the Aussie lost, Lee impressed with some really tight bowling.

India will once again have to depend on their fabled batting line-up and with Virender Sehwag fit for the match, Ashwin impressing against the West Indies the team will have either Suresh Raina or Yusuf Pathan. Also as they square-off with Australia, Ricky Ponting might just put a brake on India's 12th man weapon.

At this stage it's just the result that will decide the course of the action. With no more calculations and combination-permutation of who'd play what if they lost to them, etc. the plan should be very clear – play to win!

23rd March: Pakistan v West Indies, Dhaka:
24th March: India v Australia, Ahmedabad
25th March: New Zealand vs South Africa, Dhaka
26th March: Sri Lanka vs England, Colombo

Haha. Yah Right!

C’mon now, anything worth accomplishing, is not going to happen overnight. If you want to become a Better Soccer player, it has to be a long term goal. Sure you may see short term results, but once you become a little better, you will see how much growing you have to do. You can always become better at Soccer, that’s the addicting thing about this game.

There is no perfect player. Every player has areas in their game that they could develop, but there’s no reason you can’t strive for excellence.

Here are a few tips to become a Better Soccer Player:

1) Stay Motivated.

Obviously there will be some days in your life when you don’t feel like training, but these are the days that determine true champions. Will you have the will power, determination, and motivation to dig deep and put in the training necessary to get to the next level and become a better Soccer player. Think about the long term goal, think about how good it will feel to finally achieve your goals. Stay motivated and the results will follow.

2) Build a Reference Group.

Surround yourself with other players that want to become better, together you can motivate each other to achieve great things. Also, you need to surround yourself with Soccer players that are Better than you. You can learn a lot from these players. Don’t be stubborn, ask for your advice, and they will be happy to help you.

3) Play till the Sun goes down, and then some more.

If you want to become a better Soccer player, you’re going to have to play Soccer, and a lot of it. Play every chance you get, hopefully there’s an field nearby where people are always playing Soccer. You need to live there. Always be on the ball. Always be wanting to play. Make Soccer a big part of your life. If there isn’t a group of people that play Soccer often in your community you need to start that group. Get a list of your friends and set up 1 day a week to always play a game, then maybe 2 days, then 3. If you have a good reference group you guys could play together all day and night.

Implement these few tips into your lifestyle and you will be on your way to becoming a Better Soccer Player. Remember, you can read as many articles as you want but that isn’t going to make you any better. You are going to have to put in the necessary work to become better. That applies to all areas of Life not only Soccer. Good Luck.