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What is football?
Football is the world’s most popular ball game in terms of a number of participants and spectators. The fact that the rules of the game are simple and the essential equipment that you would require is a ball, makes it widely popular and possible to be played almost anywhere, from official football playing fields to streets, school playgrounds, parks, or beaches.
Football is universal and by far the most popular sport in Europe, Africa and South America. According to FIFA's Big Count survey in 2006, there were 265 million players actively involved in the game around the world, roughly about 4 per cent of the world's population. This means that 1 in 25 people you meet is directly involved with Football. The interesting fact is that it is not practised or dominated by one particular country.
Rules of the game
Well, now let us see what this game is all about! It is a team sport where the ultimate aim is to score more goals than the opponent team. To move the ball, which is round, you can use your feet, head, legs or torso. Whatever you do, you mustn't use your hands. Unless you're saving goals!
To talk about rules, they are fairly simple! Each team consists of 11 players, 10 field players and 1 goalkeeper who is allowed to catch the ball inside the penalty area. The entire game is broken into two 45 minute sessions. You should focus on tackling the ball and not your opponent. To score you have to send your ball into your opponent’s goal. The winner is whoever scores maximum goals than their opponent team! What makes the game even more exciting is the offside rule, you cannot be closer to the goal than the last field defender when receiving the ball from your partner.
Benefits of playing football
But again, why football? The flip side is why not football! It is one of those sports that can be easily picked and the health benefits of the game are so numerous. This will help you train your cardio fitness and endurance as it involves a lot of running and sprinting. The multiple movements that you will perform while playing the game will ensure that it stimulates your coordination, balance and muscle tone adequately. Moreover, it is a fun game and helps in your personal development too. It builds a sense of team spirit. It strengthens the fact that solidarity and team effort outweigh individual talent.
Is football your cup of tea?
Now the next major question that you might have is, is football for me? To get started, just answer a simple question, do you like running and team sports, the football ground is the place you need to be! It is a game that can be played at any age and doesn't require any particular ability. Because it's so popular, you'll always find a set-up that suits your age and standard. The numerous positions and formations of the game mean that there will always be a role within the team that suits your fitness, your ease with the ball and your field awareness.
It is a game that goes beyond any kind of cultural or religious boundaries and this makes it a very special game for those who practice. And for those who don't yet, you're at the right place to learn how to play a football game in absolutely no time because of the simplicity in its rules and equipment used. All you need is a football and a good coach to guide you! A good coach will be able to demonstrate, give you tips for each offensive and defensive position, share practical methods, effective feedback and stress reduction.
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