Around The First Four of The Big Four I

Setback for Barcelona in Gijon

On their trip to Gijon, Barcelona tied their second match of the season 1-1 against Sporting for match day 22. La Liga leaders where down by one since minute 16, and with 11 minutes to go before the end David Villa was able to send the ball over golie Ivan Cuellar with a an elegant play to even the score. Barcelona gets to 62 points after leaving behind two points, something from which their closest contender, Real Madrid, would benefit from.

An eight-point difference separated Real Madrid from Barcelona prior to their visit to Espanyol. With a win the Whites could reduce that difference to five, which they ended up doing thanks to a lonely goal from Marcelo in the 23rd minute of the first half. From the first play of the game Real Madrid played with ten players after goalie Iker Casillas got a direct red card for a foul on Jose Callejon outside the penalty area.

In the fight for the third place Virrareal lost it to Valencia due to their defeat at La Coruna by 1-0 against Deportivo. That result combined with Valencia's on the road 2-1 win versus Atletico de Madrid, via two goals from Joaquin Sanchez, gave them the lead in the standings with 47 points over 45 from Virrareal.

Wonderfull Cassano

In Italy, Milan got back to the victory lane after tying two games in a row. Their victim was Parma, whom they defeated at home by a resounding 4-0. Antonio Cassano was the MVP of the game scoring one goal and assisting in both of Robinho's goals. Clarence Seedoorf had opened the score previously. With 52 points Milan continues on top of the Serie A after 25 rounds.

Three points away comes Napoli putting more pressure on them. The Azurri defeated Roma on the road by 2-0, both goals scored by their striker Edison Cavani, who reached to 20 goals in the season and is the top scorer of the Serie A.

No. 3 Lazio defeated Brescia 2-0 on the road and now has 45 goals where scored by Alvaro Gonzales in the first half and Libor Kozak in the second.

While for the fourth place and defending champions Inter this was a negative round, as they lost on their visit to Turin by 1-0 versus Juventus. Now their city rivals and Serie A leaders have increased to eight points the distance between them, but to their favor is the fact that they have one pending game against Fiorentina, which if won this Wednesday will reduce the difference to five points once again.

Rooney's overhead kick wins Manchester's derby

In the city of Manchester's derby between the Red Devils and the Citizens one of the best goals of the year was scored. It was an overhead kick by Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, when the game was tied to one in the 78th minute of play time. Previously Nani had given the lead in the score to the Red Devils with four minutes to go before the end of the first half. Later in the second half David Silva was going to even things up for the Citizens, until Rooney scored the winner goal that gave Manchester United three more points.

The Red Devils continue in the first place of the Premier League standings with 57 points and one pending match, while the Citizens remain in third place with 49 points after 27 rounds.

Second place Arsenal -who also has a pending game- defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers at home 2-0. Both goals where scored by Robinvan Persie, one in each half. The Gunners reached 53 points withthat victory, keeping alive their chances of winning the Premier League for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Benefited from Chelsea's tie with no goals against Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur took the forth place away from the Blues with their 2-1 on the road victory against Sunderland. The Spurs overcame an early goal from Asamoah Gyan with two goal from Michael Dawson in the first half, and Niko Kranjcar in the second for the come-from-behind victory.Tottenham is now fourth with 47 points, two more than Chelsea.

The leaders lose two points in Kaiserslautern

Borussia Dortmund, leader of the Bundesliga with 52 points in 22 games, was only able to tie to one in their visit to Bender goal had put Borussia ahead in the score with nine minutes to go, but a crunch time goal from Jan Moravek evened things up for the home team, frustrating the No. 1 team.

Bayer Leverkusen had no problems in their visit to Eintracht Frankfurt and comfortably won 3-0 to put themselves two points closer to the leader Borussia Dortmund, but the distance is still considerable as 10 points separates them. Simon Rolfes and Renato Augusto in the first half, along with Hanno Balitsch in the second scored the goals.

The same situation was experienced by Bayer Munich, who had no problems to overcome their rival TSG Hoffenheim at home by 4-0, but is still far away -13 point difference- from the leaders. The goals were product of Mario Gomes and Thomas Muller in the first half, and Arjen Robben twice in the second one. With the victory Bayern reached to 39 points in Bundesliga and is third.

No. 4 Hannover 96 did suffer a setback in their visit to Werder Bremen, as they tied to one a game that they were winning with Didier Ya Konan's goal in the 26th minute of the first half, but a distraction during the second half in a free kick allowed Per Mertesacker to tie the game. With that result Hannover now has 38 points in 22 matches.

Following The Right Soccer Betting Advice Can Help You Make A Lot Of Cash

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. There is no country that is not under the soccer fever. On account of the increasing popularity of this sport, betting on this game has been on the rise since quiet some time. There is a reason for the popularity of soccer betting and that is the big amount of money which can be made through it. It is an interesting fact to be noted that the amount of money in the bets can go up to a few million dollars. Therefore winning becomes a very important aspect in the soccer betting system.

Bets on sports are made either for fun or for making easy fortune. You can increase the chances of winning by following the right kind of soccer betting advice. Afterall, you cannot simply depend on luck in order to win the bets. There are several other things that are to be kept in mind in order to increase the probability of winning.

1.Observation

You should take some time observing the technique and form the various teams as well as individual players. Only after being familiar with all such factors, you should place your bets on the desired team and players. You should focus on their strategies and playing methodologies. After doing this, you can place the bets and have the maximum probabilty of winning.

2.Choose the best bets

You should always go for the best bets that ensure the maximum benefit. For this, you should register yourselves with multiple bookies. This is beneficial because you can compare the different deals offered during a specific game and then choose accordingly.

3.Patience

In case of soccer betting, it is advisable that you should wait untill half time to place the bets. By half time, you can analyse the form and performance of the teams as well as the players and place a safe bet. This is considered as the safest bet. The only factor that might be a bit unfavourable is that the amount of cash on the bets after half time is considerabley decreased.

4.Experience and calculation

The more the experience, the more accurate are the calculations and hence greater chances of winning. There are simple calculations that are done prior to placing a bet. There are certain factors such as strength, stamina, performance and others that are needed in the calculation and it only gets better with experience.

Along with all this, one should not straight off jump into multiple betting. You should first start with placing individual bets and then with the passing of time and experience, you can place multiple bets. Multiple bets in the very beginning can lead to immense loss if the bet is lost. Therefore, one should gradually increase with the number of bets in order to minimize the loss ratio.

Wednesday’s Champions League Betting

Wednesday??s Champions League Betting

This evening sees the final eleven games from the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Who will progress to the final qualifying round? BetRepublic previews a selection of games here.

Rosenborg v Linfield Soccer Betting Tip :

After claiming a shock 0-0 draw last week, the Northern Irish champions are still in this tie and they travel to Norway with a chance of eliminating their more illustrious opponents. Can they do so though? Books don't think so, making Rosenborg 1/12 favourites to win this match in normal time, with Linfield available at 16/1 and the draw at 13/2.

With odds that short the bookmakers clearly believe that this game is going to be a walk in the park for the 2009 Norwegian league champions. However, Rosenborg had won eight straight matches prior to the draw with Linfield last week and ended up drawing their second game in a row following last week's fixture in Belfast.

At home Rosenborg are a tough proposition having won eight and drawn three of their last eleven games in a run that stretches back to April. They have also kept seven clean sheets in their last nine home matches, and with Linfield likely to play 4-5-1 again I feel that Rosenborg will win this game to nil as well, but they will have to work hard for it.

My money is on the game to be level at half time with Rosenborg going on to win the game at odds of 3/1 and there to be less than 2.5 goals in the match at 13/8.

Debreceni VSC v Levadia Tallinn:

This tie is another match that is far from certain, with the Hungarian champions bringing back a 1-1 draw from their travels to Estonia last week. Debrecen made the group stages of the Champions League last year, can they beat the Estonian champions and book their place in the final qualifying round this evening? Online sportsbooks make Debrecen the favourites to win in normal time at odds of 2/5, whole Levadia can be backed at 13/2 and the draw is available at 11/4.

The first leg match between these two sides was an entertaining encounter with plenty of chances and action and the Estonian champions looked to have victory sown up as they took the lead on the hour but Debrecen clawed their way back with an injury time equaliser. That goal was the first goal that Levadia had conceded in five matches and they got back to their clean sheet ways again last weekend with a 5-0 away win in the league.

Debrecen did not play as their domestic season is yet to begin, but having reached the group stages last season they should have enough quality to win this game, but will they?

Levadia will be highly confident form and I feel that they could upset the favourites here, maybe not by winning but by not losing at least. As a result i'm backing the draw @ 11/4 in this match and splitting my stakes on the correct scores of 1-1 @ 13/2 and 2-2 @ 16/1.

FH Hafnarfjordur v BATE Borisov:

After a thrilling end to the first leg tie that saw all six goals scored in the second half, and four in the last five minutes, BATE take a commanding lead into this game and look to assured their passage into the third qualifying round. After winning 5-1 and holding a four goal advantage, will they slack off in this game and allow FH Hafnarfjordur to claim an unlikely win?

BATE are the 8/11 favourites to win this match within ninety minutes, with FH available at 14/5 and the draw can be backed at 5/2. Will the game go according to these odds though?

I don't feel that it will as FH will want to go out of the tournament proving that they are worthy of a place in it and they will play their hardest to get themselves a goal or two, while BATE are comfortable and with their domestic season not having started yet they will treat this more as a training session than a competitive tie. However, BATE still have enough to win this game easily and I see them winning and there being a few goals in the game. As a result i'll be backing BATE to win @ 5/6 and over 2.5 goals to be scored at odds of 4/6.

Recommends:

Draw/Rosenborg HT/FT @ 3/1

Under 2.5 goals to be scored in Rosenborg v Linfield @ 13/8

Debreceni VSC v Levadia Tallinn to end as a draw @ 11/4

Split your stakes on 1-1 @ 13/2 and 2-2 @ 16/1 in the Debreceni v Levadia game

BATE Borisov to beat FH Hafnarfjordur @ 5/6

More than 2.5 goals to be scored in the BATE v FH game @ 4/6

You can check out more tips at Soccer Betting Tip

UEFA Champions League Play-Offs Ready For Second Leg

The winners from each series will make it into the final 32 teams that compose the group stage, which kicks-off September 13-14.

There are only ten tickets at stake for Europe's finest football club competition, and none of the 20 teams fighting for one want to be left out from it. The 2011-12 UEFA Champions League Playoffs began this week with several surprises, such as Villareal's 1-0 on the road loss against Odense, which just like the rest of squads that are down in the scoreboard will have to come from behind on leg 2 to claim group stage berth. These decisive games will be disputed August 23-24.

German giants Bayern Munich will travel to Zurich with the tranquility of a two-goal lead, thanks to Schweinsteiger's and Robben's goals. The hosts were fully in control of a game that they were going to end without setbacks, as they were able to keep a clean sheet.

Despite defeating Udinese at home 1-0 (Walcott) Arsenal left many doubts that night, doubts that will be present next Wednesday at Friuli stadium. Mentally vulnerable after the departure of their captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, and most likely Samir Nasri to Manchester City, the Gunners have serious problems to overcome.

With just six more minutes to go Virrareal suffered the goal that has them against the rope versus Odense. Andreasen scored the winner goal for the home team that could become one of the surprises of the competition if able to defend their lead at Madrigal Stadium next Tuesday.

Stunned 3-1 at home by Viktoria Plzen, Copenhagen will have to row against the tide on Wednesday in Czech Republic. Kolar, Pilar and Fillo scored for the visitors' and Ottensen the discount for the hosts that last season reached the knock out stage of the competition.

Lyon did make the best from the home field advantage, and overcame an early goal from Rubin Kazan (Dyadyun at minute 3) with three from Gomis, Kvirkvelia and Briad in the 3-1 win. This two goal lead place the Frenchmen with one foot in the group stage, but they can't relax for Wednesday's game at Russia promises to be a very tough one.

An exciting game was lived at the Netherlands between Twente and Benfica, which ended up tied to 2. De Jong gave the visitors the lead early in the game, until Cardozo leveled the score momentarily for The Tukkers, but then Nolito putted things 2-1 for the Portuguese squad, result with which they went to halftime. And with ten minutes to go Ruiz kept Twente's group stage aspirations alive by scoring the definite 2-2. Next game will be Wednesday.

In other results Dinamo Zagreb imposed themselves a home 4-1 over Malmo, results that allows them to travel to Sweden for Tuesday's game with their group stage berth pretty much secured. Wisla will have a tough visit to Cyprus, since they defeated APOEL by 1-0. The s ame goes for Israel's M. Haifa that will travel with the minimum difference to Belguim, where Genk will try to overcome the 2-1 Leg 1 loss on Tuesday. And on Wednesday BATE and Sturm Graz will be breaking the 1-1 tie with which Leg 1 ended.

The group stage kick-off September 13-14 with the defending champions Barcelona as the team to beat.

Soccer Field Diagram – Tips On Soccer Positions

What's really surprising to know is that coaches refuse to use a soccer field diagram to teach several different soccer formations to kids. Or in case they do it, they fall short of making the players appreciate the significance of 4 main positions. These 4 positions are Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders, and the Goalie. Let's individually talk about these.

Forwards: These are the players who place themselves by the opponent's goal. Their task is to turn the passes into goals that other players at several positions in field make. Because they will be the ones who make maximum shoots to the goal, they need to be very tough. This is important even if they do not have other skills of great quality.

Nonetheless, the other players shall apparently keep shifting from one position to a different position. Forward players when playing in the middle are known as strikers and when playing close to the touch lines, they are called wings. However, in accordance with their chief job as forwards, they need to have a tough body and strong shooting toes.

Mid-fielders: As is clear from the name, these players play in the middle of the soccer field. Their task is to get the ball, then pass it to the forward players so that they can move them into goalposts for scoring. There are either normally 5 or 6 mid-fielders. Define their position clearly in the soccer field diagram.

The coach should focus on improving the tackling and dribbling abilities of the players. This is really instrumental in stealing the ball from the opposition and attacking the opposition. Apart from this, they should be good at passing the ball. These are crucial soccer positions on the field diagram.

Defenders: These players protect the goal from attacks and hence are called defenders. As you can visualize, their position is crucial. They are 3 to 5 in number and guard the goal closely to avert attacks.

Apart from this, their task is to collect the ball from the goalie and pass it to the players. One skill that is primary to their armory is kicking the ball to far off midfielders and therefore the coach must help them develop this ability.

Goalie: This is the person who defends the goal post and never allows the attacks to convert to goals. When all other players are unsuccessful in defending the goal, the goalie must use his powers to subvert the attack.

Because the goalie can use his hands and the only one in the team allowed to do this, the coach should invent special soccer tactics, drills and exercises to make the most of it.

Now that you are armed with this information, you must create a soccer field diagram and then discuss these positions with your players. This will let them understand the significance of the various positions. Our youth soccer coaching community has several useful newsletters, articles, and videos. Enroll today to make the most of them and rise in your coaching career.

Inter Gives Bayern a Taste of Their Pride

With Pandev's goal in the 88th minute the Italian squad came from behind to overcome a series that was against them since leg 1.

Those who were hoping for an early elimination of the defending champions from the UEFA Champions League will have to keep on waiting, as the rematch from the 2010 final against Bayern Munich had the same ending: a victorious Inter. The squad demonstrated a great deal of self steam to overcome a two-game series where they found themselves down in the score in both occasions. Losing the first game at home 1-0 fed the illusions of the German squad fans that thought they were going to have their revenge against them this time, but they didn't.

Just like every knockout game in Europe's finest club competition that game had its controversial decision: Inter's first goal which Bayern Munich claims to be have been in offside, and which was going to end up being decisive in the final result. With that early goal at minute two Eto'o gave Inter the equalizer in the aggregate, since Gomez had given the German squad the lead in the first game of the series disputed in Italy.

With that goal the home team was forced to score at least one more goal if they wanted to win the series, and they were going to be able to do so just 18 minutes later through Gomez. This goal sent the defending champions back against the ropes, same position in which they where before the game began.

At minute 30 things got even worst for Inter after Muller sent the ball to the back of the net giving his team a two goal lead in the aggregate. This goal made the fans present at the Allianz Arena go wild, as their chances to avenge the 2010 final painful defeat grew significantly.

But unfortunately for their fans, Bayern Munich was unable to finish Inter with one more goal, and their rivals began to work their come from behind victory with Sneijder's goal at minute 63. With the game tied to two, Inter now needed only one more goal to make the epic win possible, due to the strenght of away goals in case of tiebreaker.

Inter fought very hard for that goal, and had to suffer a lot to achieve it, as it came only when the clock marked the 88th minute thanks to a superb shot from Pandev that unleashed the madness of their fans as they watched the score that read: Inter 3 - Bayern 2, 3-3 in the overall with the tiebreaker rule favoring them.

An incredulous Allianz Arena saw how all the euphoria from Bayern Munich followers was instantly washed away from their faces as the sadness and delusion took over their expressions. Once again their team had fallen victim of the same rival; again the story repeated itself.

Mistakes have a high cost to pay, and Bayer Munich's mistake was being unable to score that so awaited third goal. But it wouldn't be fair to just blame the German squad for that, as Inter also did their part by never giving up and making the best from Bayern Munich's deficiency to score.

The defending champions are still around, and if contenders really plan to stand a chance against them, they better get ready to fight until the last second of injury time, for only when the referee blows the final whistle will Inter players finally stop fighting.

Online Football Live Score

Technology has changed our lives in different ways. Distance education, online shopping, computer games, online gambling and several other activities that have become an integral part of our changed. Hence, there is so much to talk about each of these activities but still we would limit our discussion to online games. With the advent of online games changed the scenario of sports completely. It seems like everybody dropped as a hot potato after playing games like live football.

Live football is one of the most fashionable games amongst sports fans and those who never played it are truly missing something big. Before describing the rules of game, let's take a sneak peek into the game's history. With the invention of betting and gaming on computer the real life players could form an imaginary team and play football together. Generally, this particular game has been become accepted and popular amongst sport fans. Now, the games are available in multiple versions and aspects, players can have fun forming their fancy football league. Hold on your enthusiasm for a while as we have some realities and techniques to share with players.

Live Sports Overview

Live football online is a type of sport where an imaginary football team is chosen. After the selection, the true players play football on screen as a team and get football live score, when a goal is made. At the end of the live football, the team with the highest points becomes the winner. In advance, the game was played only for entertainment and at a small level. Hence, with increasing popularity people have started shaping live football score league at international level and the cause for doing so is not only entertainment. Such as, online sports betting, gamblers can make more money from the game as well.

Structure of Team

Each team play a vital role in a live football and thus it should be chosen carefully. If you are handling the role of skipper in football, you have to select the team with highest care. Some of the key points, you should always kept in mind while selecting the team.

1. Each team should consist of 11 players.

2. You should also reserve players who can play in case of emergency.

3. You must distribute the roles and responsibilities of each player.

4. Before start the game clear understanding of game rules and scores.

Select the place for playing game

Now, you must have knowledge of where and how to played the game of live football. The point of discussion is the selection of place for thrilling game. However the game has become quite fashionable and you may play them on different platforms.

Drills For Soccer: Who Else Want To Learn Heading

Don't you just hate it when undertaking drills for soccer, your players are not able to head the ball properly? Heading the ball is an important skill that aids the players in controlling and maneuvering the ball when it's still afloat.

Several times in a match the ball will have to be passed in the air to get from one point to another. When it's easy for the players to use their head for stopping and capturing the ball, it means they'll retain the control of the ball in majority of instances.

A few soccer drills are there that have been devised with just one goal; developing player's heading talent. Let's discuss a few of those:

The players must be divided in groups of 2 to 3 players maximum, prior to starting with these drills.

Heading volleyball: The flawless method to master the skill of heading the ball is this. It is simple for two players to perform it alongside each other in such drills for soccer. It is exactly same as playing volleyball with the exception of that players throw the ball over to the other side of the net with their heads instead of hands. However, they can use their hands to serve the ball.

The points are given based on the players successfully heading the ball across the net. Badminton net can be used for performing this drill.

Juggling: Like in the previous drill, this too can be performed with 2 players or just one. In case of a single player, he or she can juggle the ball with their forehead. So hurl the ball aloft and start practicing immediately. It is but obvious that this drill is comparatively tougher and the player gets better at it by practicing.

In case of 2 players, they can throw the ball in the air and use their heads to throw it back to each other. The player who does not let the ball get down emerges the winner.

When you throw the ball, keep 2 players standing apart by 10 feet. Hurl the ball at them randomly and ask them to head it back. Keep in mind to tell them to jump before hitting the ball. This will help them learn the trick efficiently.

Here is a word of caution; Teach the players to head the ball in a way so that they use their forehead instead of top or side of their heads. If they do not do this, they will have headaches and there are chances of injury too.

This soccer practice is best achieved the following way; when the ball is approaching the player, he or she should focus on it and bring their forehead in line with the ball. Then they jump and hit so that the ball gets height and momentum.

Move ahead and include these drills for soccer in your training sessions. The sight of them using their head to hit the ball will surprise you. Our youth soccer coaching community has many more informative articles, newsletters, videos and other resources that will help you train your kids even better. Enroll today and reap the benefits.

Inter Handpicked 2 Genius Squad This Summer

The end of the season will be an instant, a left Inter Italian League and a Cup final, and then will come the transfer market is open, but the rumors have in front of Inter Milan this summer, it is difficult to transfer fathom, but the good news though is speculation that in a panic, but Inter have already had a very clear within the ideas.

Inter Milan last summer's transfer nothing, but this year there are frequent large came into the news, then it really would be to move to Inter, but the transfer, pay big bucks to buy big-name players it? In Casablanca it, this is clearly undesirable behavior, Inter technical director, said: "Inter Milan this Cheap Soccer Jerseys summer on the transfer, we have a very clear plan, until the high-level decision, we will let everyone know."Moratti said his own son to his admonition Hazzard, the Belgian winger to become the" Gazzetta dello Sport "on the front page, but Branca said:" Inter Hazzard is not set for the task, while now Inter are not concerned with Fernando, in addition to Milan derby on Boateng did not exist. "

However, in addition to denying the above three, Blanca has personally promised to Inter this summer, there must be a big movement, he said: "President Moratti has been clear for Serie A Jerseys future planning." Compared to last year, they only buy a new different, "Our bench is not a hot spot, the focus is to update the whole team, but these steps to do it slowly, not risk." Branca has revealed the Inter transfer policy, in the main are likely leaving the team several circumstances, Moratti signings set for the Inter goal will be those who qualified for the main location of wealthy players, not only about the bench minor.

Before finalizing the objectives signings, Maicon on other teams received the first invitation to the effectiveness of the current Besiktas Quaresma, general manager of CNN in an interview the day before yesterday publicly expressed his appreciation Maicon, he Besiktas said he located Inter Milan Jerseys within 2 weeks will be the official quote Inter. Maicon, but denied the economic links between the two sides, Sky Sports transfer experts Dumas, chief economic Austrian said: "Besiktas Maicon publicly announced interest in, and said that within 2 weeks of the offer, but Prior to this, there is no news heard of this thing, so as soon as possible with the Inter Besiktas best contacts and negotiations, otherwise, it is a self-hype, but nothing more. "

Big players move out of the situation, needs further time to be coming to an end, but after being in the AC Milan Youth League after a penalty shoot-out, Inter have already clinched the two young rookie first team, it is striker Germany Raniero and defender Beineidedi, Sky Sports reporter Stefano - Nava said: "Young Maicon jersey players are always the future of Inter, Moratti is very optimistic about this group of players, both of which have proved own value, they are de Pinheiro and Beineidedi, they have ready access to the Serie A campaign! "which is Moladiqin point Beineidedi Llano Zia future partner, and De Lanie Luo Zegang just before the Youth Cup for the best shooter game, two were promoted to first team, will be a great complement Inter lineup, why was that Inter Milan's signings Blanca focus lineup.

Head’s Up-Concussions in Youth Soccer

Nearly 18 million children play youth soccer in a given year, and according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, soccer is the number one sport for high-school girls' concussions. It is the number two sport for overall youth concussions, ranked only after boys' football.

In fact, one in ten of all athletes will sustain a concussion this year, although this number may be low because many are never diagnosed or reported. The risk of permanent damage to young people is terrible, and many parents and coaches need to be educated further on the topic.

In soccer, the majority of concussions are not caused by heading the ball, as is commonly believed. In fact, over 70% of concussions sustained while playing soccer are caused by player-to-player contact.

Be aware of the symptoms of a concussion and look for them after every head incident.

1. headache or feeling of pressure in the head

2. nausea or vomiting

3. loss of balance or dizziness

4. double or blurry vision

5. overly bothered by light or noise

6. feeling sluggish, foggy, hazy or groggy

7. Difficulty paying attention

8. Memory problems

9. Confusion

10. Does not "feel right"

In the event that any of these symptoms present after a head injury, take the athlete out of the game. Do not attempt to assess the child yourself, but seek a health professional immediately. MRIs are common tests for diagnosing a concussion. It is imperative that you seek professional advice, because these injuries are hard to diagnose, may present even days after the incident, and may last for a long time.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, and should be treated with the utmost seriousness and care. Do not ever make light of a player who has banged her head and complains of a headache. Get help immediately.

Most treatment for a concussion includes monitoring and rest. And by rest, we mean both physical and cognitive. A child with a concussion may be kept home from school for a period of time, and may not be permitted to indulge in any activities which require concentration and attention, such as watching television, playing video games, or even sending text messages on her cell phone. While boring, this enforced leisure is extremely important, to give the brain time to heal fully. Most symptoms completely disappear within three weeks.

People who have suffered a concussion tend to be susceptible to a second, even if the second injury is a lesser injury than the first, and this is especially true if the symptoms from the first have not completely resolved. Thus it is critical to make sure that the injured child is fully healed before permitting her to play again.

Awareness and prevention measures should be taught to the athletes. At this age, players should not be encouraged to head the ball. Too many neck and spinal injuries are also possible, in addition to concussions, when athletes are not fully developed and in control of their bodies. Collisions among players should be avoided if possible, by players paying more attention to where on the field the other players are, and by not deliberately running into other players as a tactic.

With some education and preventive care, perhaps we can cut down on the number of young athletes who are injured in our sport each year.