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.
Not all soccer fields, or pitches, are the same size, even in professional settings; however, the preferred size for a professional soccer pitch is 105 by 68 metres (115 yards by 74 yards). Even still, many well-known venues house bigger or smaller fields.
A professional soccer field ranges from 100 to 130 yards long and from 50 to 100 yards wide. FIFA, soccer's governing body, dictates these ranges and allows individual organizations to choose the field's final size.
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.
Soccer, also known as football in some parts of the world, is played between two teams of 11 players, one of whom is a goaltender. The aim of the game is to score goals, but only the goaltender is allowed to use his hands and arms. The rest of the players must use their feet, chests and heads to dir