A good way to learn how to play soccer is playing the game with others, either by joining a team or playing informally with a group of people. The player should read the basic soccer rules beforehand to have a general understanding of the game. He should also combine his practice with watching soccer games in person and on television to learn more about the game.
Whether the player starts learning soccer as a child or an adult, the same approach of practicing and watching the game as much as possible works for both. If the player decides to join a team, he should make sure it's recreational and beginner-friendly, as competitive teams usually don't teach the basics of the game. Teams that teach the basics are more common for children than adults, but some soccer leagues also offer basic soccer courses for adults.
Soccer has two teams, each with an even number of players. Each team has one goal and a goalkeeper to defend it. The object of the game is to kick the ball into the opponent's goal. The team that scores more goals wins the game.
Before a player starts practicing, he needs the right equipment. Soccer cleats, shorts, shin guards and socks are the essentials to keep the player safe. If he enjoys the game, he can get more equipment.