With 15 goals, Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has scored the most goals in the World Cup. According to FIFA, Ronaldo accomplished this feat in 19 matches spread over three editions of the World Cup — 1998, 2002 and 2006.
A:A soccer field is called a "pitch" because the British definition of the word, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is "a playing field." Soccer was created in England, and while it has become popular among U.S. soccer fans to adopt the term, it is simply the British version of "field."
A:FIFA is an acronym for "Fédération Internationale de Football Association," or "International Federation of Association Football" in English. It is the world's foremost governing body of association football, known popularly as soccer or simply football. It also oversees futsal, an indoor version of soccer played on a hard surface, and beach soccer.
A:As of 2014, there are 20 football teams in the English Premier League. Each team has to play all other teams twice during the course of a season. After 38 games, the team with the most points is the champion.
A:Most European professional players average about six miles during a soccer game; however, this figure varies depending on the position played and general fitness of each player, according to Dr Don Kirkendall. Much of this distance consists of low-intensity jogging or walking.
A:With 15 goals, Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has scored the most goals in the World Cup. According to FIFA, Ronaldo accomplished this feat in 19 matches spread over three editions of the World Cup — 1998, 2002 and 2006.
A:The acronym "FIFA" is expanded into English as, "International Federation of Association Football." FIFA is the governing property of football internationally for both men and women who play the sport.
A:As of September 2014, the fastest ever recorded speed of a kicked soccer ball was 131 miles per hour. The speed came from a free kick made by Ronnie Heberson of Lisbon's Club Sporting in a 2006 game.
A:Chelsea Football Club does not have an official motto. The Latin phrase, nisi Dominus frustra, unless God be with us, all will be in vain, was once part of the club crest, but it is no longer in use.
A:With seven wins overall as of 2014, Chelsea Football Club is one of the most successful clubs in England's FA Cup history. Chelsea F.C.'s success in the FA Cup began in 1970, though it took nearly 30 more years to get its second cup victory in 1997.
A:Under the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation, a hockey team is allowed to have up to 20 players with an additional two goalkeepers. Each team is also allowed to have up to six team officials on the bench, though these officials do not participate in gameplay.
A:Manchester United Football Club is widely regarded as the most-successful football club in England. As of 2014, the club has captured the Premier League's top division 13 times in its 22-year existence, with five runner-up finishes.
A:The football team Arsenal has won the league 13 times. Arsenal first won the English league in the 1930 and 31 season and last earned the title during the 2003 and 2004 season. The club's most successful period was during the 1930s, in which it picked up five league championships.
A:According to FIFA, the governing body for international soccer, the distance from the ground to the crossbar is 2.44 meters, and the distance between both goal posts is 7.32 meters. Varying sizes may be used for youth soccer and non-FIFA events.
A:The availability of free recreational soccer programs for kids varies by location, but most states do offer such programs. For example, New York City offers free instructional soccer games and clinics through NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
A:The league table on the Barclays Premiere League website lists the statistics accumulated by the leagues 20 teams over the course of a regular season. Statistics listed include games played, wins, draws and losses. Goals for, goals against, goal difference and points also feature in the table.