Association football, also called simply football, is a rough game played by a spherical object, usually between two competing teams of eleven players. It is so popular that it is played by about 250 million people in more than 200 countries and belongings, making it the most popular sport in the world. There are various different variations of football such as the English Premier League, Italian La Cup, Brazilian Brasileiras, Turkish Supercup, Russian Cup, South American Copa America and the Australian domestic league, while non-English speaking nations have their own version of Association football known as the Association Football of Asia.
The game of football can be played physically or electronically. In a physical game of football wherein two teams are split up into groups of eleven players each, there is a goal before the match is completed and the winning team becomes the winner. In an electronic game of football, where the ball is passed around between the two teams using a paddle attached to a rail attached to the playing surface, the goal is not immediately seen.
In a standard game of football, the goal is located approximately ten yards from the football ends. After the ball is kicked, one point is given to the team that scores the most points before the other team scores that same amount plus their subsequent points. Every point after the first is added to the final score and overtime is played if necessary. Aside from the scoring system, there are several factors that determine a win or loss in a football game. Some of these include the scoring statistics of both teams, the form of the ball and the kicking technique used by each team, the positioning of the football end of the pitch, and even the weather conditions.
The basic form of football consists of fifteen vertical shafts (a goal post) and nine horizontal ones. These shafts or ‘strips’ are made of a mixture of rubber and metal. Fourteen vertical strips are commonly used for football; these are known as the football poles. On the other hand, there are also thirteen horizontal strips that are known as the end lines. The inner surface of the football field is divided into twelve segments, which are known as the pitch.
Each team begins the game by standing behind the goal line. Once the ball is kicked, it is the responsibility of the quarterback to direct the ball into the middle of the field towards the opposing team’s goal line. When the ball is successfully transmitted to this goal line, the defenders should hold their positions at the opposite ends of the goal line, while the outfield players should also stay put and maintain their position at the center of the field. When the opposing team scores, the score is then converted to a point and the winning team becomes the victor.
A football match typically lasts for about three hours. The game is normally played on an indoor court with regulation football pitches. However, other types of football matches may be played outside in fields with artificial turf. In either case, the game is normally played between teams that have been given a given number of penalty fouls – generally ten – before the match is considered complete.