Meaning of Soccer

What is Soccer:

Soccer, also known as football or soccer (in the United States), is a sport that consists of 22 players on the field, grouped into two teams of 11 members, who face each other with the objective of putting a ball into the goal of the opposing team and scoring a goal.

To score a goal the footballer must use his feet, head or any part of the body except the hands or arms, as this carries a penalty.

Soccer is developed on a field with artificial or natural grass, each team has 11 players: defenders, midfielders, forwards, and a goalkeeper who is solely responsible for touching the ball with his hands to prevent it from crossing his own goal.

As such, soccer consists of rolling a ball in order to reach the opponent's court or goal to score a goal, while the other team must attack through tactics and strategies.

Points are achieved by the number of goals scored in an approximate time of 90 minutes, divided into two halves of 45 minutes each.

Each game is guided and supervised by a group of referees (main and line) whose function is to enforce the regulations, and penalize violations through free kicks, penalties, yellow and red cards, achieving with the latter the expulsion of the player.

On the other hand, the fair play It is a term used in sport that means fair play to refer to the honest, respectful and correct behavior that the player must use before his opponent, referee and assistants.

See alsoFair play

Soccer is recognized as one of the most popular and practiced sports in the world. Even today, various soccer competitions are held that can be played between teams from the same country, or between teams from different countries.

For example, the most important football events include the Champions League, which consists of an international level competition organized by UEFA, in which various European clubs participate.

Also worth mentioning is the Copa Conmebol Libertadores, popularly known as the Copa Libertadores de América, in which the different soccer clubs of South America participate.

However, one of the most important competitions is the Soccer World Cup, an international tournament between national teams in the world, which is held every four years.

Throughout the history of football there have been players who stand out for their work on the field of play due to their qualities and values, such as Pelé (Brazilian), Alfredo di Stefano (Argentine), Zinedine Zidane (French) , Ronaldinho (Brazilian), or the most recent, such as Lionel Messi (Argentine) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portuguese), among others.

On the other hand, mention should also be made of women's football, which since 1991 has had its own World Championship. More and more women are joining the practice of soccer and playing national and international championships.

See also UEFA.

Football history

Football was already a ritual of war, but the model that we know today was organized in England on October 26, 1863, dates from the founding of Football Association, in London.

In 1904, based in Zurich, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has 211 national associations and currently aims to constantly improve football.

See also FIFA.

Game rules

The rules of the game are defined by the FIFA. However, as a main rule, the game must take place on a natural or artificial grass pitch with dimensions of 90 to 120 meters long and 45 to 90 meters wide.

22 players must be present on the court, 11 players from each team, and they may be exchanged for substitutes or substitutes with a maximum of three changes.

Players can be punished for committing an infraction established in the regulations, with a yellow card, which means warning, or a red card, which is expulsion.

If the player receives two yellow cards in the same match, he will receive a red card and will be sent off. In addition to free kicks and penalties against the offender, as a consequence of the acts, when the player tries to hit, obstruct or retain to gain an advantage, or when he touches the ball with his hands.

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