Association football, also known as just football or soccer, is an organized sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It’s played throughout the world by about 250 million people in more than 200 countries and dependencies. Aside from being the most popular sports in the world, it’s also one of the most well-known and well-loved sports there is. Its fan base isn’t just spread through the borders of different countries; its fan base is as strong as any other sport. There are even sections in schools, from elementary school to middle school that focus entirely on the game.
The game can be divided into two distinct sections: offence and defence. Each team is allowed to use five offensive plays, which include both scoring plays and counter attacks. The team playing defense tries to stop their opponent from scoring the maximum points using tackles, holding up the ball, penalties and other tactics. When a score is scored by the offence, the opposing team must then get their team to score three extra points before the other team has the chance to take the lead. If they tie the game at such a point, then the winning team is declared the winner.
A successful FOOTBAL game revolves around controlling the ball and avoiding being tagged. A foul is issued when a player (offense) touches the ball with a part of the body other than the hands ( Defence). For example, a foot jab will count as a foul. If the defending team receives a penalty, they are only allowed to play on offence. When a player receives a caution, it is considered a foul as well. A player can continue to play on offence until another caution is issued.
In a standard game, a team plays generally throughout the half. In a scrim, teams play for one half only. During half time, each team takes turns running their offense and defence. Once the half time is over, teams switch to their defensive sides and play another half. Scrims are played in two halves so each team gets an equal amount of rest.
When the ball is snapped off of the foot of the offence, the quarterback drops back into the pocket and throws the ball towards the quarterback who is running the ball down the field. The quarterback passes to either the open side or the closed side of the end zone, depending on the formation. If the offensive player does not get a reception, the ball is carried to the outside of the end zone, where the defence will try to tackle the ball carrier.
Each player on both offence and defence holds a football in their hands throughout the entire play. The offence plays with the ball in their hand. The defence holds the ball while waiting for an opportunity to intercept the incoming ball carrier. When the opportunity presents itself, the defence member tackles the ball carrier and the offence member returns the intercepted ball to the house.