Soccer in America
Association football, also called just football Association, is a national team sport traditionally played between two groups of eleven players each. It is currently played by about 250 million players across 200 nations and dependencies, making it the worlds most popular sport. The game has a long history, going back to the early nineteenth century in England. A convert to the game, George Best was the first player to receive a yellow card while playing for England against Germany in the 1930 World Cup. He later became the first player in the history of the game to make a century scored in consecutive matches.
In football Association games the goal is to score more points than the other teams. Each team begins with ten men on the field with one goalkeeper who serves as the team’s goal keeper. Aside from goal keepers, the football team also has five defenders, three central defenders, two wingers and one forward. On the other side, the defensive players are tasked to prevent the opposition from scoring. The center defenders and wingers are expected to stop any penetration from the wings into the goals.
The game of football can be played on an empty field, on an open beach or in a neutral stadium. However, football can only be played until there are eleven players on each team. Due to the numerical structure of football, there is only a limited amount of plays during a match. Most matches consist of three phases which are kick off, offense or defense and the half time break.
Kick off is the main phase in association football. This is the point where the ball is kicked forward from the centre circle by one team using a volley kick or by holding the ball by hand. A goal could be scored when the ball is touched by at least one of the players who have received the ball before the kick off. When there are less than eleven players in a side, the play is meant to have five defenders, two wingers and one forward. Half time breaks allow the two teams to refresh their minds and prepare for the next phase in the game. Referees take control over the game when it is under such conditions.
Two teams qualify for the World Cup every four years. The qualification process differs between leagues. The format of the game is based on the qualification process. A team that wins one or more games against other qualifying teams is guaranteed a place. The four teams who receive a place are: Belgium and Spain, Germany and Portugal, Mexico and Switzerland and United States and Australia and Japan.
This article aims to provide you with the fundamental knowledge needed to know about the game and educate yourself about the different teams and players that represent the US football association. You must remember that the main goal of this article is to provide you with educational information and not to pass an information on the methods and techniques used to play football. My main intent was to let you know about the teams and players represented by the American football association. I hope that this article can help you improve your knowledge about the game. And most of all, I hope that this can help you become a better football player someday.