Gameplay of Football

Soccer or football is a ball sport that is played between two competing teams each consisting of eleven players. At the dawn of the 21st century, more than 250 million people played football in over 200 countries, which made football the most popular sport in the world. Football is played on a rectangular-shaped grass field or an artificial green turf, with a goal at the center of the short ends. Goals are scored when a team drives the ball into the opposing teamís goal. The main goal of the game is to win the game by scoring more goals.

Association football game is governed by a set of rules and regulations which are known as the Laws of the Game. Football is played with a spherical ball known as the soccer ball. According to the FIFA parameters, the ball should have a diameter of 71 centimeters. Two teams each comprising of 11 players compete with each other for driving the ball into the other teamís goal. The team which has scored more number of goals after the game finishes wins the game. A game is declared as a draw match if both the teams have conceded the same number of goals or no goals at all. Each football team has a captain who handles one official responsibility as made compulsory by the certified Laws of the Game; to aid in the coin toss prior to the gameís kick-off or penalty shootouts.

Gameplay Of Football The most basic law of the game is that none of the players except the goalkeeper can deliberately touch or grip the ball with their arms or hands during the play. However, players can use their hands to initiate a throw-in restart. Even though the players generally use their feet for moving the ball around, they are allowed to use other parts of their body except their arms or hands. A player can use their forehead to "head" the ball. Within the normal course of the game, the players are allowed to move all across the pitch and play the ball in every possible direction. However, the players are not allowed to receive the ball in the offside position.

In normal gameplay, individual players try to control the ball to generate goal-scoring opportunities. There are numerous techniques by which the players attempt to control the ball, such as giving a pass to a team-mate, dribbling or by shooting the ball towards the goal, which is watched over by the opponent teamís goalkeeper. The players from the opponent team may try to gain control of the ball either by tackling an opponent player who possesses the ball or by intercepting the ball during a pass. However a player cannot physically tackle an opponent teamís player, which will then amount to a foul. Football is normally considered to be a free-flowing game. The play stops only if the ball exits the playing field or when playing is halted by the referee for the violation of some rules. After a certain stoppage, the game commences as before when the referee blows the starting whistle.