History of Football
Association football, commonly referred to as just football or soccer, is basically a team sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It’s played throughout the world by about 250 million players in more than 200 different countries and dependencies. In the United States, the game is primarily played by the North American Soccer League, also known as the N.A.S.L., which is responsible for the scheduling and championship tournaments. The game has an interesting history and is commonly referred to as American football, although many people outside the country have come to view it as “football” because it has some aspects of both.
The game of soccer or football can be played either as a full contact sport or with less contact. The ball itself is referred to as the ball, and it’s used in the game by both men playing the game and women playing the game. The object of the game is for the team to score more points (“teams”) than the opposition. Each team is assigned a certain number of “goals” or points, depending on the nature of the game. Goals are scored when the ball enters the “goalmouth” or other goalmouth area, or when it is put into play by a teammate.
So, what is FOOTBALL? In its most basic form, FOOTBALL is the game played between teams in a football-like association environment. The word football can mean any of the following: the game of soccer; the sport of football; the ball; or the game of “rugby,” which features two teams wearing the same colored and shaped equipment. The word football can also indicate any of the following: the American football association (American football confederacy), rugby, hockey, or the Australian football league (adium league).
The game of football has developed many different variations over time. One of the most notable versions of the game that has caught on in the United States is soccer, better known as “futebol.” Soccer is a game played between two groups of players that are set up in a square field with goals located at the corners of the field. Unlike rugby union football, soccer does not feature a center stripe, which would occur if the ball was played in a rectangular or L shape. The reason for this is that soccer is not a traditional ball game; rather, the ball is generally either played with an oblong shaped object (the soccer ball) or with a flat-tipped object (a soccer ball used in place of a golf club ball).
Association football is played between teams of varying sizes and using different codes. Most commonly, football is played between men’s professional leagues such as the NFL, while college programs and recreational soccer fields may play the game as well. The game of soccer is played internationally, with the United States and Canada leading the way, but other countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa have become major players in the sport.
As previously mentioned, there are many different codes for football; therefore, the rules for each game will vary from one league to another. Some basic differences among the different codes include the number of players allowed on the field, the maximum allowed scores that may be scored, and even the time limits for games. There are also significant differences in the level of skill or “level” of play for each code. Thus, in order to be fair to all leagues, it is important to be familiar with all the various rules and regulations for the game of football. As a result, learning about the history of the game of football, how it is regulated, and how it may affect you professionally or personally as a fan, is very beneficial.