How to Keep Score in Soccer

Scorekeeper Responsibilities

    If you are formally serving as scorer for a game, you need to track which player scored as well. If a defensive player scores what is called an “own” goal, this is credited to the offensive team, without the defender’s name attached. If an offensive player’s shot is deflected into the goal by the goalkeeper or defender, the player still receives credit for the goal. At higher levels, you need to track assists, time of goal and penalties, as well as shots, saves and the rosters of each team. You also need to report or call in the score to the league, a role that may fall to the winning coach or manager in recreational soccer.

Indoor Soccer

    Recreational indoor soccer can be much higher scoring than outdoor, and a badly overmatched team can give up as many as 20 goals or more to a stronger squad. The referee or a separate timekeeper usually has access to a scoreboard though, so players can track scoring. In professional indoor soccer, the Major Arena Soccer League counts goals scored past a 45-foot arc as 3 points, instead of 1, and penalty kicks count for 2 points.

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