A Brief History of Football
Association football, otherwise known as just football or soccer, is an outdoor team sport usually played between two groups of eleven players. It’s played throughout the year, with teams playing each other every weekend and some going international when necessary. It’s a game that many kids and adults play since the rules are simple enough to learn and understand. Since the game is open to everyone, anyone can play, even those who aren’t very good at a certain aspect of the game. It’s also one of the most fun games to play since there isn’t a lot of skill required.
Unlike lacrosse, rugby or hockey, football is played as a single block. You are not scored on points for touching the ball, but instead for yards made with your feet. You also have a coach who gives you instructions on how to play the game. Like most sports, football relies a lot on speed, finesse and ball control and although the sport is technically easy, the skills involved can be tedious.
The basic rule of football is that there should be a field goal, which is a mark put onto the middle of the playing field from where the ball enters the play to make a touchdown. The objective of the game is to score more points (“yards”) than the other team. Each team has a set of downs, which are mainly passing, kicking and running. The object is to get the football to the end-of-possession marker, or “end” for short, and to kick the ball down or return it to the field.
Another difference between football and soccer is that in football, the ball is usually played with two feet (or three, if the game is meant to be played indoor). This is because the game would be difficult to officiate, especially with the large number of minute details involved. Since football is played with two feet on the ground, the game would be slower and less cumbersome for the refs to supervise. With soccer on the other hand, the game is played using only one foot. This makes it easier for the referee to watch the game and to blow the whistle for a foul.
The game of football was first developed in England in 18 44 by William Sholes and John Steinfield. It was originally played for two teams, referred to as the Association Football team and the Football Association team. The game had undergone some changes in the early years before it was finally standardized. One of these changes included placing the goal post at the center of the foul line, so that the field goal could not touch the wall. Another change made to the rules of football was to eliminate the penalty for blocking a goal post, allowing the ball to be blocked by any player except the ones already lining up to kick the ball.
Because of its popularity, football has managed to grow into a well-liked sport among many people, regardless of age, sex, or social status. Today there are many different football leagues around the world, as well as numerous different ways to play the sport. Most games involve two teams playing against each other in short periods of time. Two teams may be arranged in diagonal, or four-team tournaments. Finally, a virtual or real life football field is used for many sports tournaments, such as the World Games and the Olympics.