Football (soccer) is one of the world’s oldest sports, and it is also one of the most well-known. The Football World Cup represents the peak of the international game. Tournaments such as the Euro Championships, Copa America, and the African Cup of Nations are also held. The strongest domestic leagues include England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, and Germany’s Bundesliga (Bundesliga). Soccer is another name for the sport in some places of the world.
The Goal of the Game
In football, the goal is to score more goals than your opponent in a 90-minute game. The game is divided into two 45-minute halves. After the first 45 minutes of play, the players will have a 15-minute break known as halftime. The second 45 minutes will begin, with any time judged necessary by the referee (injury time) being added on.
Players and their gear
There are 11 players on each squad. One goalie and ten outfield players make up this group. The dimensions of the pitch vary depending on the venue, but they are typically 120 yards long and 75 yards wide. There will be a 6 yard box adjacent to the goal mouth, an 18 yard box surrounding the 6 yard box, and a centre circle on each pitch. In terms of size, one half of the pitch must be a mirror image of the other.
A soccer match requires only two pieces of equipment: a pitch and a football. Players are also shown sporting studded football boots, shin protectors, and matching shorts. Because goalkeepers are the only players allowed to handle the ball, they will also be wearing padded gloves. Each squad will be led by a captain.
To score, the ball must enter the goal of your opponent. To be considered a legitimate goal, the entire ball must cross the goal line. Apart from the hand and arm up to the shoulder, any part of the body can score a goal. The goal itself is made up of an 8-foot-high and 8-yard-wide frame.
The Game’s Success
You must score more goals than your opponents in order to win. Except in cup games, where the game can go to extra time or even a penalty shootout to decide the victor if the scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will end in a draw. Except for goalkeepers, who can use any part of their body within the 18 yard box, players must kick the ball using their feet and are barred from using their hands (of which more can be found out in the next section).
In football, there is a rule known as the offside rule.
When a pass is delivered through to an attacking player who is in advance of the last defender, offside might be called. The offside area is intended to deter players from just waiting for a pass near the opponent’s goal. When the ball is played to them, they must be put behind the last defender to be onside. If the player is in front of the last defender, he is considered offside and a free kick is awarded to the other team.
In their own half, a player cannot be caught offside. A goalkeeper is not considered a defender. The player is not considered offside if the ball is played backwards and he is in front of the last defender.