Football, also known as professional soccer or Association football, sport where two teams of eleven players, with any portion of their bodies other than their feet and hands, attempt to pass the ball to the opposing side s goal by using any part of their body but their feet or hands. Only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hands and can only do this within the penalty area immediately outside the goal. The referee separates the groups, keeps them apart by a line and then starts the match. Usually one side is favored, but some instances are the result of fouls either way.
Since the start of football, there have been many games played between these two teams. The most common games played are Association football and Professional football. Association football refers to a game played between teams of varying professions such as basketball, American football, and baseball. This is a game played between teams of approximately eleven players each. The game is played at a specific ground called an artificial surface.
In Professional football, the game is played in a longer span than Association football. It lasts for a total of sixty-five minutes; however, it only includes fourteen minutes of extra time. The extra time is given to the team playing the game to determine who scores the most goals. The match consists of three periods, each of which lasts fifteen minutes.
Since the early nineteen century, soccer has been played throughout most of the world. The word “football” is derived from the German term “fahnklamm” which means “playing with the head”. The earliest game that people know about is football, and it was first played with a football made out of rough fabric, similar to today’s synthetic polyester. This was called “rug” football.
The object of the game is to kick the football through the goal using their feet. However, unlike basketball and baseball, players on the soccer field do not wear any kind of pads, jerseys or protective equipment. They may use a standard ball that is one or two inches in diameter and round, or a tennis ball that is one or two inches in diameter and round. The goal is to score more points (“touching the goal”) than the other team.
To measure how far the football has traveled, a clock is used. The clock counts the distance travelled by the football from the thrower, or “stocker”, to the goal, or “goal post”. The referee then declares the score by calling out the name of the player whose ball has crossed the line. The official score is then announced to all of the players and spectators.