The Structure Of Football
Association football, also known as just football, is an international team sport usually played between two teams of eleven players. It’s played by more than 250 million people in more than 200 nations and dependencies, which make it the most popular international sport. It’s not only popular in its countries but is also widely played in many other communities around the world, as both local and international tournaments are regularly held.
The game is played internationally in tournaments organized by clubs from all over the world. The most famous of these tournaments are the European and American tournaments; they award huge financial prizes to the winners. Other tournaments include the World Cup, the Cup Series, Intertoto Cup and the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games version is played in four countries: Russia, Germany, England and Brazil. Other prestigious competitions in association football include the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and Carling Cup.
The format of a game is determined by a number of factors, including age and level of play, number of goals scored and if played at a neutral venue. For example, goals are counted only once per goal and every two minutes of play. Another aspect of the game is the penalty kick, for example, a corner kick or a free kick. Points are scored depending on the goalkeepers’ or outfield players’ activities, like fouls made and fouls committed by the team. All these aspects are played out on pitches that are prepared according to standards laid down by FIFA.