Association football, also commonly referred to as just football or soccer, is a contact sport usually played by a spherical shaped ball between two competing teams of eleven players. It is the most popular sport in the world, with about 250 million people playing it in more than 200 different countries and dependencies. Soccer has three differing types: the adult league; the youth league; and the women’s league. This latter type is very different from the men’s league in that its players are given more freedom to play their hearts out and play a more vigorous game. The adult league, on the other hand, polices disciplinary standards and tries to keep things clean, unlike the youth or women’s leagues which are more methodical and structured by their rules and regulations.
To play this game, the players each have their own soccer ball which they use to push across the field using their feet or kick the ball with their hands. The object of the game is to first get the ball into the opponent’s goal, then score points depending on the total number of goals you and your team have. Winning takes one point, for a draw, two points and for a loss of all points, three points. The teams play a round robin system where each team plays against every other team in a four week period.
Although football may seem relatively simple, there are various rules which are followed during a match. If you are interested in this sport, you can either join a soccer team yourself or take up some kind of coaching course. As a matter of fact, there are even universities which conduct camps and teach young people how to play football. There are even football leagues, which are organized and managed by the governing body FIFA, which is the governing body for international soccer.