Soccer – Fixtures And Rules
Association football, also called simply football, is a national team sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is played throughout the world by about 250 million people in more than 200 countries and dominions, making it the most popular sport of all time. Football is the most widely used contact sport in the world. There are several different kinds of football, including Association, International, European, North American, Scottish and Welsh football. The rules of this game are similar to the rules of ice hockey.
A match is usually started when two teams are chosen to form a football league or group. The aim of the game is for the footballers to kick the ball into the goal. There are several different kinds of kicks that a player can make during a game. The object of the game is for the team playing at the end of the field to score more points than the other team. The point system was introduced in the 18th century, although it has long since been discarded in favour of longer kicking games such as basketball. Many fans believe that the abandonment of the point system is one of the main contributing factors to the popularity of football throughout the world.
Association football is the version of football that is played between two teams with four players on each team. Four rectangular boxes on each side of the field are called ‘goal posts’. The football is passed from one team to another through the goal posts at the ends of the two rows of boxes. The referee blows the whistle, signaling the start of play. Each team starts with eleven players.
The game is played predominantly on the ground, with the exception of a few breaks when the ball is kicked out from the goal line. The ball must travel a total of ninety yards to reach the goal. When it does, the player who receives the ball first runs up to the goal line, touches it with his feet and kicks the ball into the goal. If a goal is scored, the opposing team will be declared to have lost. In normal circumstances, the winner is the team with the most points.
A free kick is a kick that is not necessarily a goal but is awarded by the referee due to an accidental kick by an opposing team member. This is not a formal goal, but is still a vital part of the game. It is generally considered an act of aggression by one side to take advantage of the other. Kicks are taken from both teams using a net or ‘keeper’. Unlike a normal kick, a free kick is not given when the ball passes directly to the kicker, but is taken when he carries it to a ‘keeper’ within ten yards of the goal.
After the kick, the opposing team may only take another kick after three minutes if the ball has crossed the center line of the field. If the ball does not cross the center line, the ball will be restarted at the goal posts. When a kick is missed by the goalkeeper, the opposing team may take another shot at the goal post. The goalposts are usually yellow and red in color, and are located near the end zone.