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An American Soccer Player’s Creed™

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I will know where the ball is at all times and never turn my back to the ball.

I will keep my eyes on the ball, in bounds and out.

I will never make a throw-in error.

I will always keep intelligent communication flowing between myself and my teammates.

I will always talk with my coach, especially to self-report an injury or if I believe I may have a concussion.

I will never put down a teammate.

I will never incite an opponent or be affected by an opponent’s “trash” talk.

I will never kick a ball out of bounds on a corner kick.

I will constantly move properly according to the flow of play.

I will always set up passing opportunities.

I will always know where opponents are when receiving a pass and never let the ball be “stolen.”

I will strive to get the “big picture” at all times and know what all players are doing.

I will strive to play hard and aggressively, giving 100% at all times, but not commit stupid fouls.

I will know what my options are with the ball before I receive it.

I will consistently move to the position that will best benefit my team.

I will never retaliate or show dissent after being fouled.

I will keep my vision on the ball during the performance of ball skills.

I will listen to my opponents to obtain strategic and tactical information.

I will never allow my opponents to do anything uncontested.

I will never anticipate a referee’s call. I will not stop playing until I hear the referee’s whistle.

I will never agonize over my mistakes, I will learn from them.

I will always play as part of the team.

I will know all the Laws of the Game and how they are applied.

I will honor the game, demonstrating fair play and sportsmanlike behavior both on and off the field.


Soccer words or phrases not otherwise defined above may be found in The ULTIMATE SOCCER DICTIONARY of American Terms available at

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