Beginners guide to soccer
Originally, this beautiful game was rugby whose association split and created a new body to govern this new sport known as “Football” in Europe or ” Soccer” in America. Officially, the game is invented in England. The modern game consists of 11 vs 11 players of both teams including a goalkeeper. Now, if there is a goalkeeper what is the goal?
Well quite simply the objective of the game is to get the ball beyond the goalkeeper within the confines of the goal and beyond the goal line. Each player must score using only their legs, head, chest, thigh or any area below the knee. The use of the hands is against the football rules if are not used by the goalkeeper.
Field of play
The minimum requirements for a football/soccer field are stated in International Football Federation Association’s (FIFA) rule book. The playing area of length 90 meters (100 yards) x 45 meters (50 yards) are among the football rules. The lines must be marked with a white color at a width of 12cm (5 inches). International matches require length 100m (110 yards) x 64m (70 yards).
The game requires the goalkeeper to stand between a “U” shaped metal post that should be 7.32m (8ft) x 2.3m (8 yrds). Below this post is another 12cm line that is parallel to the top of the goal. There is a goal area with which the keeper is allowed to hold the ball with his/her hands. The goal area should be bound by two rectangles 5.5m (6 yards) and 16.5m (18 yards) parallel to the goal line. There is an area known as the penalty area which should be 11.2m (12 yards) from the midpoint of the goal line.
How to replace a defective ball?
Football rules service to keep the flow but if the ball fails what to do? FIFA’s football rules mandate that if a ball is defective during the course of play; the match is stopped; match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where the original became defective. If during the taking of a penalty kick and the ball becomes defective after kicked and before it hits player or post the kick is retaken. If the ball becomes defective while not in play at a kick off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty kick or throw-in the match is restarted accordingly.