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Soccer is a competitive game in which opposing teams try and score goals with a soccer ball. Soccer is played on a field with nets over the goals.


Numerous factors account for the extreme popularity of soccer around the world. Soccer is easily played on nearly any surface and with only a soccer ball needed as equipment. Most nations of the world see significant advertising dollars pumped into professional soccer, according to Bleacher Report.


A regular soccer game lasts for 90 minutes. If the game ends in a draw during a knockout competition, then extra time is played. Extra time consists of two halves that are 15 minutes each.


Soccer can be traced back to a game children played in London, England in the early 19th century. The official rules of the game, known as "football" in England, were drawn up in London in 1863.


In 2010, 3.4 billion people watched the World Cup soccer championship, according to Forbes. The 2014 championship in Brazil was the most-watched televised event in many countries. In Germany, more than 34 million people watched the match between Germany and Argentina.


Soccer offers a number of physical health benefits, such as increasing endurance, building muscle and bone strength and lowering body fat. It also has several intrinsic health benefits, such as building teamwork skills and confidence.


Edson Arantes de Nascimento, better known as Pel?, has the world record for goals, with 1,279 in 1,363 matches held between 1956 and 1977. Pel? played for Santos in Brazil and the New York Cosmos in the United States.


FIFA, the International Federation of Association Football, states that the Chinese game cuju is the oldest form of football, also known as soccer, based on scientific evidence. Cuju games were standardized during the Han Dynasty from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.


The length of soccer season differs by league and country, but generally, at the professional level, a season is ten months long. In the United States, as of 2013 Major League Soccer's regular season is played between the months of March and October. Each team plays 34 games per season.


A typical soccer match consists of two 45-minutes halves and a 15-minute halftime break. The time spent on the field playing is 90 minutes, and the whole match lasts for 105 minutes, including the halftime break. Any agreement to alter the duration of a match is made before the start.