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.
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, or football as many people call it, is believed to have been invented in ancient times, around 4,500 BC. There has been many different soccer like balls found throughout the world in countries like China, Egypt and Italy.
According to a New York Times article written by Jack Bell, a goal-line technology was introduced into the sport of soccer beginning in 2013. The purpose of this technology is to avoid goals being inaccurately called for failing to cross the goal line.
According to FIFA estimates, more than 200 countries play the game of soccer. This equates to more than 240 million people playing the sport regularly. Due to the level of participation in the sport, soccer is considered by many to be the world's most popular sport.
The earliest form of soccer was played by the Chinese in the second and third centuries. It was called tsu-chu, and was originally intended to be a military training exercise.
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.