Soccer is a game played by only two teams at any given time and each of the teams must have eleven players. It is played in a field that is rectangular in shape with two goal posts in each end of the field. Once the ball goes through any of the two goal posts a score is recorded. A player can score using any part of the body with exception of the arms. In this game, it is only the goalkeepers who are given permission to touch the ball with their hands. However, touching the ball that is intentionally played back to the goalkeeper by his own player is not permissible. Soccer is currently being governed by International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). It is the most watched game in the world and is played in not less than 200 countries worldwide. Here below is a detailed history of soccer.
Soccer was started around 2000 years ago. Its origin is traced to China although people from Rome, Greece and some sections in Central America also believe soccer originated from their countries. However, it is common knowledge that the current form of soccer was first played in England. It is in England where rules were formulated to guide in playing the game. For instance rules against touching the ball with hands. In England, schools started playing soccer and formulating there own rules. At the same time, clubs that were not connected to schools also started playing soccer but with different rules. This therefore meant that the rules being applied were not universal. In this accord, the Football Association was formed in 1893 to standardize these rules. Currently, the rules of soccer are being set by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) which was established in 1886. The world’s oldest soccer competition is the FA Cup that was started in 1872 with English clubs competing amongst each other.
In the modern day world, football is professionally played with so many teams evolving worldwide. However, soccer is also played at an amateur level in various parts of the world. The famous clubs in the world are in England, Italy, Spain and some countries in South America. Players in these clubs are paid highly. It is also observed that soccer nowadays evokes emotions from football fans who end up committing atrocities in the field when their favorite teams are defeated by opponents.
Soccer has a very simple aim. You have to get a football into the opposing team’s goal net. The only thing stopping you is a team of players and the goal keeper. The goal keeper is allowed to handle the ball in the goal area, which means you have to use your wits to get it past him/her.
Where is skill involved?
You need skill in order to control the ball, to get the ball past other people, to move quickly with the ball and to shoot at the goal net and get it in past the goal keeper. There is also skill involved in taking the ball from the other team and keeping possession of the ball.
Is the game easy?
There are no tools or equipment needed, which means playing is rather easy. You have to work as a team, which means if you are in trouble with the ball then you can pass it to your teammates. The only position that is difficult to play is the goal keeper.
Who can play?
Men and women can play and young people can play too. Many people encourage their children to play because it is good exercise and is not a contact sport. It is also easy to play and many children can pick up the game very easily.
What makes a good player?
Being able to work as a team makes a player good. Getting into space and then finding another player and passing is all that is needed to be a good team player. A good player should anticipate the game and the moves the other players are going to make. A very good player will hone his or her skills in one or more areas. Things such as passing and tackling are skills a good player needs, and the player should then hone skills based on his or her position. For example, a defender should be good at tackling, a midfielder should be good at crossing the ball over a long distance, and a striker should be good at shooting the ball and getting it past the goal keeper.
Why is soccer played on grass?
Actually, soccer does not have to be played on grass. In countries where it rains a lot the players may play indoors. This is also handy because the walls stop the ball from flying off for great distances. The reason that players prefer grass is because they can run and slide in grass, that goal keeper can be a little more dramatic when saving, and because the grass offers grip that allows players to run faster and maneuver more easily. Still, playing on the grass is only optional and people can easily play on hard surfaces and rough surfaces so long as they have grip on their footwear.
Playing soccer is easy and it is a lot of fun if people of similar levels of experience are bunched together in games. It is no fun if a just a few players are very good and the others are amateur. If you mix games with people of equal skill and experience, then the game can be fun for all.