Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Soccer (Football)

Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Soccer (Football)

Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Soccer (Football)

 

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 History of the game of Soccer

Soccer, or commonly known as “football” throughout the world, originated over 2,000 years ago in ancient China. In the 1800s, Great Britain adopted this ancient sport and put its twist on it, which we now know as modern day soccer. They made the game more formal with uniforms, introduced a “no hands” rule, and forbade tripping and other illegal movements. Soccer is widely regarded as the most popular sport in the world, with more than 240 million players.

 

How to play Soccer?

 

Soccer is one of the easiest games to pickup, as all you’ll need is a ball, some cleats, and a pair of nets. If you’re the goalie, you might strap on some shin pads and thick gloves since you’ll be responsible for stopping the ball from entering your net at all costs.

 

In a competitive game, soccer requires two teams to field 11 players in 11 different positions. Each game is split into two 45 minute sections, with the potential for more time to be added at the end if the referees decide so. Similar to football, there’s a halftime after the first 45 minutes have passed.

 

Rules of the Game of Soccer

 

  • There are 11 positions: Goalkeeper, forward, right and left back, right and left midfielder, two defensive midfielders, a striker, a stopper, and a sweeper. Watching a soccer game may look like choreographed chaos, but each of these positions serve an important role.
  • Soccer fields are enormous, sometimes stretching to 120 yards in length and from 70 to 80 yards in width. The goals are 24 feet wide by 8 feet tall. Soccer is always played on either natural grass or turf.
  • There are a few marks on the field, but the most important is the 18 yard goal box, which signals the boundary in which only the goalkeeper can stay in or leave.
  • The ball will be thrown in if it goes out of bounds on either sideline. If it goes off an attacking player at the base line, the opponent will have an opportunity for a goal kick. On the contrary, if the ball comes off a defender than it will be a corner kick.
  • There are two different types of fouls in soccer -- the yellow card and the red card. The punishment for these fouls is based on the severity of the foul. A yellow card signals a warning, while the red card leads to a dismissal. Two yellow cards equal a red card.
  • A soccer game has a 90 minute soft stop because referees can decide to add time on at the end of a game based on injuries, stoppage, fouls, or more. If the game is tied by the end of this period, there will be an additional 30 minutes added in the form of two 15 minute halves. If the game is still tied after that, there will be a shootout.

 

Some of the best soccer players in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, and Lionel Messi have become so popular due to their unique footwork with the ball. These players are also agile and explosive in their movements, allowing them to shoot past defenders in no time. Great footwork and passing is one of the most important aspects of soccer.

 

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Written by Devin Pickell


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