England’s Glorious Football History
Association football, also called simply football, is a contact sport played between two competing teams of eleven players. It is one of the most popular sports in the world, with over 250 million people playing it in more than 200 countries and dependencies. Countries such as Brazil, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, USA and Uruguay to name a few. It is also played internationally at a level of senior football of the high-level competition.
The game of football can be played either as part of a league or in any friendly match within a specified time period. Two teams are then put into groups, with each team designated as either a group A or group B, depending on their ranking in the league table. The footballers on each team play against each other once, before moving to another round where they play against opposition teams in the next round.
The game of football sees teams using a standard 9 yard area, which includes two penalty areas (outside and inside) for fouls to be committed. The outer penalty area is referred to as the ‘danger zone’, whereas the inside area is referred to as the ‘free-zone’. At these times, a goalkeeper may either attempt to stop the ball from hitting the area that he is stood in, or kick the ball if he believes that his team should have a shot on goal.
The sport of football requires that players wear football kits that are specially designed to meet the needs of the game. The kit that a player wears depends largely on what position he plays at, although he may also be required to wear non-professional football kit. The kit that is worn by players in any given game of soccer has three primary components – the shorts, socks and the shirt. The shorts are normally of a single colour but this is not always the case, and players are also often required to wear a goalkeeper shirt with the number and name of their team on it.
The origin of the game of football in England can be traced back to the middle ages of the middle English century. While it was the Romans who first played a variation of the game, it was not until the 11th century that the game was played between teams in a real sporting arena. The game was played for recreation and as a form of sports competition, and was first known as “football”. With the growth of the country and its booming trade in wool and other manufacturing industries, the demand for a game that could be played and watched by ordinary people became more important. This is when the game of football was born.
The term “offside” is often used to describe a free-kick, where one team’s offside position is the last resort to stop the ball from crossing the opponents’ goal line. The term was first used in English football in the 19th century, when the rules were devised to prevent one side from being the only side with the ‘offside’ advantage. Over time, the term “offside” has become a synonym for “advantage” or “preventing”, and is now used in a less offensive way.