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Soccer - The Crowd Puller

Updated on September 14, 2015

Overview

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. A very conspicuous feature regarding the sport is its great allure of simplicity. Often, in soccer there are two teams. Each team has eleven members whose objective is to pass the ball to the opposing side’s goal and the most conventional rule of soccer is that the ball is not supposed to be touched by hands except for the goalkeeper. Often, while playing soccer, each player must abide by the “Laws of the Game” which are set out by FIFA that is the world’s soccer governing body. These laws are responsible for establishing various aspects of the game for instance, the length of the game and so on.

In soccer, the standard regulation time is usually ninety minutes. The regulation time consist of two forty-five minutes play time separated by a break of up to fifteen minutes. In soccer it is usually a common phenomenon for the referee to add some extra time of play on top of the regulation time. The extra time is usually meant to compensate for the time lost during the regulation time. For instance, the extra time accounts for the time lost during the removal of injured players, assessment, and even substitution. Consequently, in a match where the given teams shares points and there is a need to identify a winner, the match resorts into an extra time of thirty minutes divided into two fifteen-minutes halves.

Players

As seen before, a conventional soccer match requires eleven players from each team to play against each other. Often, each player has a particular position in the field of play. These positions are usually decided by the team management/coach based players abilities. Often, soccer players fall into three categories: the players are either, defenders, midfielders or strikers. The main role of the strikers or rather the forward players is to get through the defenders of the opposite team and score a goal. The midfielders are meant to control the ball for their strikers while the defenders help the goal-keeper in preventing goals from their opponents. Substitutions are also allowed for the injured players or even as a strategy against the opponent.

Ball play

As noted before, one of the most typical rules of the game is that with the exception of the goalkeeper, the players are never allowed to touch the ball with their hands. They are expected to control the ball with their knees, feet or even torsos. But most of it is done with the help of the feet.

Infractions

In soccer, like any other active sport, there is bound to be various unfair plays. Such unfair plays elicited by the various players are referred to as infractions. Various infractions have various punishments depending on their severity. For un-sport behaviors, a player may be shown yellow a card which implies a warning or rather a red card for field expulsion. A free kick or even a penalty kick towards the opponent’s goal may also be used to punish infraction. A penalty kick is usually a close-range shot towards the opponent’s goal.

Officials

In a soccer match, different personnel are placed strategically to oversee the smooth running of the game. The referee roams over the field so as to judge the proceedings of the play. The assistant referees are often sidelined and are meant to determine whether the ball is off the limit of the playground or not. They are also meant to determine whether a player is offside or not. In some matches, a referee is usually placed off the pitch to help the center referee with administrative duties.

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