Also referred to as Soccer, this game of football is one of the popular team games played outdoor over a large field comprising of 100 yards in length and 50 yards in width.
The professional teams, the national teams, and the innumerable tournaments played across most of the countries for most part of the year stands testimony to the popularity it has across the world.
All-time great players like Pele of Brazil, Diego Maradona of Argentina and Michel Platini are well-known sports persons across the world. In recent times, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Wayne Rooney steal the show among the great players of this great game.
The game, that calls for extraordinary skill, stamina, and power, involves playing the ball using any part of the body other than the hand or the arms.
The game is played between two teams in the football ground. Each team has 11 players. A goal post is placed in either part of the field, having a dimension of eight yards. The game, as usual, starts from the centre of the field.
The objective of the game is one team, comprising of 11 players, of whom one is the goalkeeper guarding the goal, pass the ball such that the ball is sent inside the goal of the opponent, beating the goalkeeper of the opposing team.
As is the case with many sports, the game of football first originated in England. It was in England that the rules for the game have been formed in 1863 and adopted uniformly across all the countries in the world. The English Football Association, a premier institute in the game of football, was created in that very year 1863.
The popularity of the game and the acceptance of the game across the countries were such that the Federation Internationale de Football Association or FIFA was created in the year 1904, and this FIFA is the governing body for conducting World Cup tournaments in Football.
The First World Cup Football was conducted in 1930 and since then, every 4 years, this event is conducted. Starting with a modest participation, now the FIFA World Cup has grown to a level in which 32 countries participate in the final round of the tournament scheduled to be held between June-July 2010 in South Africa.