Reading Image location variables from a Text File

Can someone help me understand how to do this. I’m new to flash but not programming.

What I would like to do is keep the x and y axis of an image inside of a text file.

With flash I’d like to read that file and move the image along the path that is created in the file.

How do I setup an element to do that?

Think of it like this. You want to move a soccer ball around a field based on the x and y points saved in an external text file. How would you set the app to read the file and step through it.

Text file might look like this:

&step=1&image=ball.gif&xaxis=250&yaxis=100
&step=2&image=ball.gif&xaxis=251&yaxis=100
&step=3&image=ball.gif&xaxis=252&yaxis=100

etc.