Association football, commonly called just football or simply football, is an organized team game played between two teams of eleven players each. It is played professionally by more than 250 million people in more than 200 different countries and dependencies, which makes it the most popular sport in the world. The game is based on a round table usually covered with dry-erase board. It is considered to be the most “contact” sports where there are constant collisions and direct actions between players.
Professional football is divided into two sections, the English premiership England and the Northern Ireland national football association. There is also a professional division for the lower leagues in England like the South Coast Amboos and the Lancashire derby. In the United States, professional football can be found in the North American Professional Football Association or the National Football Conference. One can also find the lower league football in Mexico, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and Canada. These different types of football are part of the International Federation of Football Associations or FIFA.
Professional football is played in an empty field with fifteen players on each side with five goals being allowed for each side. The object of the game is to score more points (“points” means goals) and the team scoring the most goals at the end of the game wins. The game is usually played for extra points (“extra” means extra body kicks or defensive passes) but some games have extra objectives like “goal difference” or “game winning goal” to determine the outcome of the game.
Association football is played between teams of about eleven men each, the ball is weighted with lead pellets or rubber and is used to play on an empty field. The ball is allowed to pass freely in and around the defensive line but not past the halfway line. The object of the game is for the team playing defense to stop the ball from being re-routed back to your own goal. Association football is the most common form of football played in the United States and many people call it soccer.
Another type of football is rugby football, which is a variation on the association football. The rules of rugby football are different than those of Association football. However, some aspects of the game are similar to its counterpart. A standard rugby ball is used and the teams must use protective padding on the field similar to the padding used on artificial grass.
The object of rugby is for the team playing defense to stop the ball from being re-routed back to their own goal. The ball is allowed to pass freely through the opposing team’s defense but cannot touch any of their players’ bodies. When a player receives a kick from a rugby ball, there is an automatic game flagrant penalty. A soccer match is not played using a ball, rather; the ball is passed between members of both teams using a ball like apparatus that is called a soccer ball. Each soccer team has a soccer ball that is black in color and has three channels on the bottom of the ball that are used for passing the ball.