The World Game
Association football, otherwise called simply football Association, is an international team sport typically played between two contrasting teams of eleven players each. It is played by about 250 million players across 200 different countries and dependencies, which makes it the most popular sport in the world. It has also been named the most-watched sport in the world, and accounts for about a fifth of the total audience that watches television each week.
In England, professional footballers have largely been succeeded by various forms of public school rugby football. The game was initially played in churchyards, market squares and at football grounds, before spreading to common areas such as local community centres and sports clubs. The game has now spread into the homes of many people, as many people find that the physical nature of the game is beneficial for their health. It has also increased the participation rates in various levels of the British educational system, where football has been introduced into schools since the early nineties.
One of the most recognizable aspects of association football is the goalkeeper. A goalkeeper is usually a holding player who is equipped with a whistle and a handball. Goalkeepers are responsible for keeping the ball from being scored by other players. They do this by either keeping the ball in their own possession, or stopping an opponent from getting to it. In addition, they may block the opposition’s goal with their body, allowing the rest of the team to get onto the ball first if the defense is unable to stop it.
If the goalkeeper successfully manages to keep the ball from being scored by another team, he may then call the referee to give him a penalty kick. The referee will then ask the players to put their feet together and touch the ball again, with one member of each team taking a penalty kick. This is called ‘foul play’ and is a common rule in the game.
Another very important aspect of football is the penalty area. This refers to the area round the goal-line which the referee will measure using the T-line or trapezoid rule. This is the only legal area in which football is played. It is this line which is measured as opposed to the centre circle or the normal playing area. This legal area runs round the clock, even when play is suspended, or during halftime. Even when play is stopped for a foul, this area must be respected and not violated.
A foul on the football field is usually a sending off offence. This is normally accompanied by a penalty kick or a fine. If a player is found to have deliberately tried to foul the referee using an offensive gesture or movement, he could be given a red card. Should a red card to be issued then the player will not be allowed to take part in the following game unless permission has been granted by the IFA board. International football is governed by the FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations) and its member associations.